James Royal hailed from South Ealing and became a regular performer at the legendary basement bar where so many musicians headed to experience the sounds of the new London R & B movement of the early 1960s.
His vocal prowess attracted recording contracts that led to the creation of momentous tracks such as ‘House of Jack’ and ‘Call My Name’.
James now resides in Australia but thanks to a short visit back to London on Wednesday 24 July at 8pm at the historic Red Room we have been able to bring together an impromptu performance that will be led by James and a terrific line-up of backing musicians.
Already confirmed on drums James will have Richard Hudson formerly of the Strawbs and on the bass Deep Purple founding member Nick Simper. Terry Marshall is set to complement this venerable line-up on sax.
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A special Chiswick Book Festival evening at Gunnersbury Park and Museum highlighting the publication of the Ealing Club A-Z of Ealing Rock. Robert Hokum, the founder of Ealing Blues Festival, speaks about the Borough of Ealing music scene’s global influence on popular music, chaired by author Caroline Frost, former entertainment editor of Huffington Post.
The many music pioneers who lived worked and played around Ealing, Acton, Hanwell and Southall include members of The Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Deep Purple, Dusty Springfield, Fleetwood Mac and many more.
Supported by the University of West London.
Ticket price includes welcome drink.
UBAS Records in association with Ealing Eclectic Musicspace present Blues Revue at the original Ealing Club premises opposite Ealing Broadway Station.
Featured at the birthplace of British R&B on Thursday 7 November will be a houseband consisting of Paul Cook (guitar and vocals) Max Edwards (bass) Gavin Ellis (piano), Dave Hallam (harmonica), John Sutcliffe (drums) PLUS special guests including Robert Hokum, Sam Letchford, Emma Wilson, Matt Withey and more.
This special Christmas event features a one-off screening of Tony Palmer’s film Ginger Baker in Africa followed by a conversation between TONY PALMER and Ginger Baker’s daughter, NETTIE BAKER, who’s also presenting her latest book More Tales of a Rock Star’s Daughter.
The film + conversation will be followed by live music. It’s being hosted by The Ealing Club CIC at the historic original venue opposite Ealing Broadway Station. Now the Red Room nightclub, in March 1962 the premises became the cradle of British rock.
The bands performing on will include the critically acclaimed RAMON GOOSE BAND and American folk/punk troubadour ALLEGRA SHOCK.
The screening and live music will be taking place in two separate but very close venues close to Ealing Broadway Station.
Film screening + Q & A: Down Under Centre, 48 Haven Green, Ealing, London, W5 2NX
Live music: Across the road at The Red Room (formerly The Ealing Club) 42a Ealing Broadway, W5 2NP
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