The Questors Theatre @ The Judi Dench Playhouse
The production of The Ealing Club play first performed in October 2022 to over 800 people. Each performance accompanied by an additional 45 minute music set with a band curated by the Ealing Club CIC. 7th January brings a special ’60’s ‘R & B’ set from the Hornets.
The Ealing Club
By Julian Smith
From Ealing Broadway to Chicago Blues…
Just below the ABC Teashop opposite Ealing Broadway tube, a revolution is taking place. Out of the cold, grey winter of 1962 comes the wild amplification of electric guitars and Chicago heat. Five young people make their way down a set of dark, narrow steps into the Ealing Club, an escape from their beige lives – the birthplace of British Blues.
As the UK’s first dedicated electric blues club the Ealing Club is the spark that ignited British rock music in 1962. The west London cellar venue marked a key moment in British Rock & pop. The popularity of so-called R & B as it became known in London spread to other local venues including the formerly trad jazz haunt of the Eel Pie Island Hotel. Since 2000 the Eel Pie Club has been based at The Cabbage Patch, London Road, Twickenham.
The special Ealing @ Eel Pie Club gig on Thursday 4 May will be inspired by the most influential musicians of the pioneering Ealing music scene of the 60s, including the Rolling Stones, The Who, Manfred Mann, Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Mitch Mitchell and more.
The gig will feature some of the UK’s top blues musicians – Robert Hokum (guitar/vocals), Terry Marshall (sax), Steve King (bass), Paul White (drums), Ross Gordon (drums), Hugh Budden (harmonica), Karena K (vocals and sax), Chris Burgham (keys).
* In the first set, The Ealing Club House Band will play the songs that inspired a generation.
* In the second set, T J Johnson plays Jimi Hendrix.
* In the third set, The Great West Groove Band (with two drummers, guitar/vocals, bass, sax) honours the Ealing Club drummers who re-defined rock: Charlie Watts, Mitch Mitchell, Ginger Baker and Keith Moon.
Tickets are available here.
The director of ‘Suburban Steps to Rockland’, the definitive movie about the Ealing Club, has a new film. It’s called ‘Never A Master Plan’ and it’s almost entirely shot in Ealing (with a few scenes being shot at The Ealing Club, now called, The Red Room). The film tells the story of a group of artists and musicians living in London and it also features surprise appearances from music legends Vashti Bunyan (who started her career as a Andrew Loog Oldham protégé covering ‘Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind’ by The Rolling Stones) and Mike Watt (bass player of Minutemen and The Stooges). There will be two London screenings in May, one as part of the London Doc’n’Roll Film Festival and one in Ealing at the Ealing Project. Links to tickets are below.
Friday 19 May at Rio Cinema (Dalston Kingsland) at 06:30pm as part of the summer edition of the Doc’n’Roll Film Festival:
Wednesday 24 May at the Ealing Project (Ealing) at 08pm: