A Bigger Bang & Gigs For 2017

2017 is kicking off with a bigger bang. The recent launch of Blue and Lonesome by the Rolling Stones saw acknowledgement for the Ealing Club on CBS television along with a mention in Rolling Stone magazine’s review of the album.

On January 12th, ‘Ealing’ was pushed to the eyes to 2.2 million followers on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as The Rolling Stones marked Charlie Watt’s first gig with the Stones back in 1962.

2017 is set to be an exciting year for the Ealing music scene, with some great line ups booked in for gigs and festivals throughout the year, kicking off with a milestone gig on 8th February.  Manfred Mann legend Paul Jones returns to Ealing, accompanied by Blues guitarist Dave Kelly.

Expect to see launch of the film ‘Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club’. This feature film documentary has recently been post-produced and like all independent films, it will require continued support to help bring it to a screen near you.

Ealing Eclectic Returns

The Ealing Eclectic project returns to the Red Room on February 23rd with more dates to be announced next week. The 23rd February 2017 will be a showcase of up and coming rock and blues inspired acts, with contemporary influences that deserve a place in any town. First up: Ralph Taylor, The Underground Vault, Emily Litta + an acoustic set from The Ben Drake Collective.

Ralph Taylor is a talented young singer songwriter who will be performing with his new band currently preparing for the launch of Ralph’s new single ‘My Love’. His inspiration stems from Indie pop, Funk, Hip-hop/R&B, Jazz & Folk. Check out his website at: www.ralphtaylormusic.com

The Underground Vault are a new London rock band sending pulses through the music scene with their vibrant, energic sound. Their first single Dawnbreaker is a free download available here https://soundcloud.com/user-669082597

The Ben Drake Collective are a really talented band led by song writer Ben Drake. At this gig they will be performing their fantastic songs in acoustic arrangements. Check out their Soundcloud page here https://soundcloud.com/ben-drake

Emily Litta is recognised for her funky tunes that blend Motown, Old School Hip Hop and Blues and leaves audiences amazed with her vocal, songwriting and rapping skills. Get a preview of Emily’s sound at https://soundcloud.com/emy23_fob

Tickets are available for £10:00 at: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/389535

 

Blue And Lonesome in Ealing

Has anybody noticed that ‘Blue and Lonesome’ the new Rolling Stones album is now “screaming” across online servers all the way from Ealing to Seattle.

This spontaneously recorded collection of ’Blues Covers’ will please many visitors to the Ealing Blues Festival. They will be relishing  ‘Ride Em On Down’ and ‘I Gotta Go’ songs that hark back to the beginnings of London’s R & B scene in West London…and of course long before that. It is hardly surprising that this album is topping all of the online music charts across the world already.

 

Great to see US media such as David Fricke at Rolling Stone Magazine and CBS Sunday Morning acknowledging Ealing’s connection with Blues and Jazz. There are so many more UK decision makers/journalists that could still help define West London’s past, present and future role in music.

Greater understanding of the roots of rock music could add vitality (maybe it already has?) to the present and future prospects of live music and wider culture in West London.

The Forgotten Music Narrative and The Future of Live Music

In our experience, most London music fans will be totally unaware of Ealing’s association with The Stones, let alone all the other great musicians that ‘cut-their-teeth’ in West London. What’s more, there is a wealth of contemporary music events and wider cultural initiatives emerging in West London (especially in smaller venues) that could really flourish given some coordinated support from the music industry, local authorities, the media and tourist bodies.

Back To Ealing

As for Ealing’s music heritage, in 2017, we hope a film called Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club will help define West London’s contribution to Music. Such projects are only emerging thanks to the application of a DIY spirit applied by many individuals for whom support is often limited.

Thanks to everyone that has supported us so far. Please, sign up and get in touch, if you’d like to see more happen. Don’t forget there’s an Xmas Party this Thursday, 8th December in Ealing Broadway.

 

SPECIAL XMAS GIG: THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER

The EALING CLUB CIC @ The Red Rooms42a The Broadway, Ealing W5 (opposite Ealing Broadway Station)

The Ealing Club Blues All – Stars featuring Terry Marshall (Sax), Robert Hokum (Guitar + Vocals) Dave Stone (Guitar + Vocals) + Steve King (Bass) and Bob Knight on the drums.

Support from The Blue Amen, Chasing Deer and Power, Corruption and Lies

(Full details below) 

Doors open 7.00pm & Last orders 11.30pm   Admission £10

Tickets are on sale: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/381837

The Ealing Club CIC Xmas party will inevitably end up with a Blues Jam provided by some of the finest musicians that Ealing, London and the UK can offer. There will be other performances with a tinge of Jazz and some even rooted in post-punk and power pop. Here are the highlights:

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POWER, CORRUPTION & LIES: Onstage 8.00 to 8.30pm:  PCL bring a performance that owes much to a generation of bands, most of whom passed by Ealing completely…(as did their commentators but some get it)

However, the likes of New Order transformed and added a longevity to the British Music scene that remains with us to this day. PCL will bring some of those influences along with a host of highly original loops, electronic drums and the odd bass line penned in Ealing

CHASING DEER: Onstage 8.45 to 9.15:  Chasing Deer are an up and coming rock band originally from the Midlands and now based in Ealing… London. Their original music features regularly on BBC Radio in the UK as well as a number of commercial stations and promo has included numerous gigs in the Ealing area.

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The band continue to build on their success, with appearances on festival main stages to large crowds and a busy diary of both corporate and private bookings. Expect some power pop influences that could no doubt prove popular on many stages in Ealing and well beyond.

THE BLUE AMEN: Onstage 9.30 to 10.00: THE BLUE AMEN kicked off The Ealing Eclectic project  back in Sept 2016 striding the fine line between the Jazz and The Blues. In July 2016 they represented the Ealing Club CIC on the bar stage at the Ealing Jazz Festival. Their live performance concert recorded at the Red Room earlier this year is now available on Spotify and clearly demonstrates why it is worth paying a small fee to see this band live.

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THE EALING CLUB BLUES ALL STARS  featuring: TERRY MARSHALL, ROBERT HOKUM, BOB KNIGHT, DAVID STONE, STEVE KING: plus guests t.b.a: Onstage 10.15 to 11.15: In 2016, the core of this band has been gracing the stage at events such as The West Ealing SoundBite Festival as well as other special gigs at the Hanwell Hootie and The Ealing Music and Film Festival appearance featuring Ben Waters. Of course, many of them will be found at the annual Ealing Blues Festival held in Walpole Park as part of the Ealing Summer Festivals while they are not being recruited by Bill Wyman and Ray Davies for duties elsewhere.

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Drumming duties fall to Bob Knight whose recent CV includes Sting amongst just about every other name in music. Incidentally, the first gig that Sting attended in a ‘Grassroots Venue’ was the Graham Bond Organisation … featuring band members who had all worked with Blues Incorporated……and the story goes on!

The Ealing Club C.I.C. is a non-for-profit organisation that in 2016 has provided acts (+ more) for The Ealing Eclectic Project, Ealing Blues Festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, Eat & Drink Ealing, West Ealing Soundbite, The Ealing Music & Film Festival and The Hanwell Hootie.

Our mission is to highlight Ealing’s iconic music heritage at a local & national level and in turn inspire new opportunities for LIVE MUSIC. In 2017, we hope a feature film documentary Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club will reclaim more of the forgotten narrative of West London’s contribution to music.

All proceeds from this gig will go towards core projects for 2017: www.ealingclub.com. Please reserve your tickets now! : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/381837