Those familiar with Jools Holland’s Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will recognise Louise as regular contributor to the band that celebrates a very different branch of ‘R & B’ to that popularised through the Ealing Club in it’s golden years 1962-65….i.e the pounding, rough & raw London ‘R & B’ sound based on the electric guitar of Muddy Waters (and many more American blues guitar players).
The London ‘R & B’ sound of Blues Inc, The Stones, The Who, Graham Bond Organisation (and many more) was recently highlighted in the film: Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club.
Those in search of raw guitar sounds of early 60’s London ‘R & B’ and what it subsequently became may have wait a few more months to see the roots of classic rock back on the menu here at Ealing Eclectic MusicSpace.
In June 2018, we helped run a pilot gig for Louise Marshall and The Brethren and the live performance was astounding and many have already re-booked their tickets.
PLEASE RESERVE TICKETS HERE
Rough, raw and ready or smooth, soulful and funky this band can deliver whatever they feel like!
The band are:
Louise Marshall – Vocals
Luke Smith – Keys
Dave Ital – Guitar
Steve Pearce – Bass
Carlos Hercules – Drums
The last Ealing Eclectic show featuring Louise Marshall & The Brethren was recorded in its entirety by Exit Live. Listen to excerpts here: https://exit.live/louise.marshall/show/5717271485874176
On Friday 8th February 2019 Ealing Eclectic MusicSpace returns to the basement of Cafe Zee with a special performance from Ramon Goose & with support from the Mantic Muddlers and The Ealing Eclectic Youth Sessions.
PLEASE BOOK TICKETS HERE: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/459570
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and ground breaking contemporary blues artists, Ramon Goose is constantly looking to extend and expand his musical horizons. Having previously performed with the likes of Eric Bibb, Boo Boo Davis, Eric Burdon and Pee Wee Ellis, Ramon has been on a musical journey over the past few years discovering and channelling the sounds of Africa through his own unique filter. Long Road To Tiznit is the apotheosis of that journey, as old-school blues in the tradition of Skip James, John Lee Hooker and R.L. Burnside collide and meld with hypnotic grooves and melodies from the Sahara, telling stories of refugees and contrabandiers, danger and freedom.
The album was written whilst travelling in Morocco where Ramon channelled the spirit of the desert into his music with mesmerizing effect. This can clearly be hear d on the classic track ‘Marrakech Sunset’, where Ramon also drew on influences as diverse as Davey Graham and Brian Jones; as well as ‘Wandering Sheikh’ where he was influenced by the female Berber singers and percussionists which he’d heard in traditional Moroccan ceremonies.
Ramon first visited Africa on a musical project with Justin Adams and Julian Joseph where they visited Dakar in Senegal and worked with amazing local musicians. ‘It w as a sort of epiphany,’ he said. ‘I’d never heard anything like it and it made me want to delve furth er into the melodies and rhythms I heard there.’ He’d met and worked with the legendary Senegalese griot Diabel Cissokho, who taught him a great deal about his musical heritage and culture. Through these experiences Ramon hasdeveloped his very own style of playing, creating a blend of music that is infectious, heart-warmingand utterly intoxicating.
The album features guest performances from Justin Adams (Robert Plant and The Sensational Shape Shifters) and Urdu singer Najma Akhtar. It was recorded in London using Ramon’s own band and also in Marrakesh using local Berber musicians. The result is an album which blends global soundscapes by seamlessly combining rich melodies and hypnotic percussion with virtuoso blues guitar playing! Ramon is performing songs from his last album ‘Long Road To Tiznit’ and songs from his forth coming coming with a new trio.
The Mantic Muddlers
The Mantic Muddlers combine a rich influence of sonic stylings and
serve up their stories on a foundation of infectious grooves and
raucous melodies… For lack of a legitimate genre, you’ll be hearing
Roots, Rattle & Roll!
Johnny-G’s song “Suzy Was Girl From Greenford” became one the first singles to be released on the legendary record label whose roots grew from a tiny record shop located in Ealing Broadway…. Today that company has grown into the UK’s largest Independent Record label …… Beggars Group. Johnny G’s catalogue of songs and his unique guitar style will mesmerise the intimate audience at Cafe Zee who are supporting the grassroots scene in Ealing. More details on Beggars Banquet and Ealing are on the blog: https://www.ealingclub.com/2019/01/our-friends-eclectic-ealing-events-music/
Support on 18th January is from Marky Dawson. Check out his live performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29gDjAcVEf0
In February 2019, we see performances from Ramon Goose & Senny Camara, The Mantic Muddlers, Louise Marshall and The Brethren while March sees Keith Waithe at Cafe Zee and Phil Odgers at the Questors Studio Theatre. Please check out events on the homepage and sign up to the newsletter.
Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion.
He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones – from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano
Marky started working as a resident musician in bars and clubs whilst studying at The London College of Music. It’s at these gigs he developed his energetic Rock n Roll Playing. He is a charismatic showman with a voice most often compared to Freddie Mercury and Piano chops to make Jerry Lee Lewis Blush
Tonight the two join forces for Ealing Eclectic with support from Endeavour.
Louise Marshall has become one of the most sought after session singers in the UK and has worked with a plethora of household names. Most recently, she has been a regular contributor to the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra and in 2016 she toured the US with David Gilmour, also appearing on his performance Live at Pompeii. The list of her contributions goes on…….
Ealing Eclectic MusicSpace is delighted to showcase Louise alongside her band known as The Brethren who will assure an performance infused with the sounds of soul, jazz and a fair bit funk on the longest day of 2018.
The band are:
Louise Marshall – Vocals
Luke Smith – Keys
Dave Ital – Guitar
Steve Pearce – Bass
Westley Joseph – Drums
Please reserve your tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/439384
Ben Waters is recognised as one of the UK’s supreme boogie piano players and has worked with The Rolling Stones, Ray Davies, Chuck Berry, Jools Holland, Jerry Lee Lewis, Shakin’ Stevens, Screaming Lord Sutch, PJ Harvey, Amy Macdonald, Bobby Womack, Mick Hucknall, Charlie Watts, The Ronnie Wood Band, Paul Weller, Dave Gilmour, Dave Stewart, The Teenagers, Nine Below Zero….and the list keeps growing!
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Chris Jagger: Guitar & Vocals
Chris Jagger needs little introduction to most followers of the Ealing Club. As a musician who began his career in the early 1970’s he will be making his first visit to the tiny basement venue in Ealing Broadway.
Having played the Ealing Blues Festival (Walpole Park) he has also written a three part radio series on the influence of Alexis Korner the pioneering blues musician and broadcaster whose ‘R & B’ nights in Ealing became the stuff of legend.
As a performer and songwriter Chris has been influenced by Blues, Rock as well as Cajun music, Zydeco, Folk Music and Country Music.
His recent compilation “All The Best” provides just a glimpse into an extensive back catalogue of music that will be on offer and delivered by his talented and experienced group of musicians attending on the 24th March 2018. These include:
Elliet Mackrell: Fiddle, Charlie Hart: Piano: Dave Hatfield: Bass and Les Morgan on Drums
Book Tickets Now!: Chris Jagger on 24th May: wegottickets.com
Tom Walker has been honing his guitar playing from a very young age, earning respect and admiration from music lovers and musicians across the globe. Now at the age of 21 he is now driving British blues to new levels from the heart of the UK with Tom Walker Trio.
They have toured with the likes of The Move, Paul Jones (The Blues band, Manfred man), John Lodge (The Moody Blues) and Devon Allman to name a few. Tom has worked with producer Richard Digby Smith (Free, Reef and Led Zeppelin) on recording the trio’s first record.
Following the release Tom travelled to Austin Texas to play a string of shows over in the USA. With great success including radio play with The Paul Franks Show (BBC Radio WM) and Paul Jones Blues Show (BBC RADIO 2). After a busy summer touring the trio have finished their latest run of shows ending at London’s Borderline Club playing with Billy Walton.
He recently did a stripped back session Sofarsounds here is a video of one of the tracks https://youtu.be/_wfvKd4BlEs
Paul Jones is a fan of Tom’s and played a track from his EP ‘Stranger Face’ on his show on the 26th of September, and said “I think Tom Walker definitely has something”
Plunger said of his last EP ‘This nicely crafted set of songs promises much for the future, and having just seen the Trio live Plunger can confirm there’s plenty more where these came from’.
Blues in Britain said ‘And it’s probably the voice that’s the trio’s secret weapon: a fine black silk and sandpaper soul instrument that can do powerful baritone up to a smooth falsetto’
Tom was voted Best Artist on the introducing stage at The Great British Rock and Blues Festival and is playing The Ealing Blues festival in July
Tickets can be reserved now at: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/390696
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
8th DECEMBER 2016 & The EALING CLUB CIC XMAS Party @ The Red Rooms, 42a 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:
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 highlights:
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.
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.
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.
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
8th February sees Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, two legendary names from the British blues circuit, gig in the venue where so many names in British Music ‘cut-their-teeth’ learning to jam and absorb the sounds of the blues in the early 60’s London ‘R & B’ scene.
This special gig takes place alongside the Ealing Music and Film “Valentine’ Festival that will be celebrating it’s fifth year in 2017.
Prior to the creation of Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers, who would later evolve into Manfred Mann, Paul Jones became one of the regular visitors to the Ealing Club’ blues sessions run by Alexis Korner & Cyril Davies whose band Blues Incorporated helped put Ealing on the London Music Map back in 1962-65.
In 1963, as a member of Manfred Mann, Paul Jones and colleagues would become the resident Ealing Club band, following on from Blues Incorporated and The Rolling Stones, who were already wooing larger crowds in well-known venues across London.
Manfred Mann would achieve international success on the launch of their single 5,4,3,2,1 originally recorded as the soundtrack to Ready, Steady, Go. Despite US tours and success the band would come back to honour outstanding contracts with Ealing taking to the stage one more time at the tiny basement bar.
In 2016, Paul returns to play the blues with Dave Kelly, his band-mate from the Blues Band who is also a pioneer of British Blues. Dave’s career began in 1964, when alongside his older sister Jo-Ann he began to inspire a whole generation with the sounds created by acoustic blues musicians such as Memphis Minnie, Son House, Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell. Subsequently, he joined the John Dummer band in 1967 and then ran his own Dave Kelly Band, eventually joining up with Paul Jones on slide guitar as part of The Blues Band.
Dave has played with Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Son House & Buddy Guy amongst many others, so Wednesday 8th February will no doubt deliver some great acoustic blues, slide guitar and harmonica sounds.
Look forward to some fascinating anecdotes from the world of British Blues recounted in a place where so many influential Blues and Rock Musicians first discovered “the blues”.
More on the Ealing Music and Film Festival can be found via the Ealing Music and Film ‘Valentine’ Festival website:
Live Music in Ealing continues with two special rescheduled gigs being held at The Red Rooms. Ben Waters brings his ‘Boogie Woogie’ Piano expertise to the basement bar that helped kickstart British R & B back in 1962.
Ealing Eclectic will return very soon with some exciting new performances to be announced.
The Blues Magazine 2015 stated the following:
“If you’re looking for a real teen prodigy, Aaron Keylock is your man. Aaron is in this for the long haul and by all rights will be a major artist for many decades to come”
In 2013, Aaron Keylock played the Ealing Blues Festival and has subsequently signed to Provogue/Mascot label making him follow in the footsteps of Blues artists such as Joe Bonamassa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Black Label Society.
Aaron’s debut album is set for release in 2016 following over 200 performances that have included the Download Festival, Ramblin’ Man and support slots with bands such Cadillac Three and The Graveltones.
Aaron Keylock’s influences include the likes of Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, The Faces, Rolling Stones and Blackfoot and already has a catalogue of over 30 songs to his name.
Check out his track Medicine Man and you’ll get an idea of what to expect this Saturday 27th Feb.
Jimmy Page … yep him of Led Zeppelin said of Du Bellows:
“Du Bellows are by far one of the most interesting and musically adept bands I have seen recently.“
This phenomenal Ealing based quartet, are already making sonic waves with their brew of bluesy rock via folk deep rhythm-heavy grooves to gospel/gypsy tearjerking melancholia.
Du Bellows have rehearsed and gigged hard and along the way have received positive response from the media including Mojo Editor-in-Chief -Phil Alexander – who featured them in his Planet Rock FM radio show-Mojo Rocks- and Classic Rock magazine who included their eponymous track – Isa Du Bellow – on the cover mount of their June 2013 issue.
Fresh from a recent performance alongside The Pretty Things at The Half Moon in Putney, it’s an honour to give this band another homecoming gig before they grow beyond such a small stage.
Du Bellows are: Jade Williams (vocals/auto harp), TJ Shipton (guitars), Rich Leeds (bass/backing vocals), David Watkinson (drums)
Sabbey International Drummers
Alfa Sackey and Yaw Asumadu make up this talented group of drummers who will bring display of Ghanaian traditional drumming and songs to the stage of Ealing Eclectic.
They mix traditional dance drumming and intensely intricate polyrhythms with beautifully harmonised chants from the lengths and breadth of their native country, Ghana.
Although a new project for these band leaders, they have been playing together for more than 20 years and separately for their whole lives. This repertoire has been showcased in locations such as The Ritzy in Brixton. If recent reactions at Ealing Eclectic to Namvula & Desert Rocks we are anything to go by…. Sabbey International Drummers are not to be missed.
And Previously on Eclectic……
TJ ”Holyboy” Johnson and the Preachers are always guaranteed to stun an audience and have already blown many locals at Ealing Blues Festival, EMFF ‘Valentine’ Festival, The Hanwell Hootie and West Ealing SoundBite Festival.
On the 30th January 2016, expect a blistering set, influenced by Chicago Blues, Johnny Guitar Watson style Funk and Hendrix style RnB that might inspire some thought about Ealing’s role in British Music History.
Since his last performance at the Ealing Club, TJ has contributed to ‘Lenny Henry’s Got The Blues’ broadcast on Sky TV in Sept 2015.
Lenny Henry set out to investigate the British Blues scene and we understand the production included a mention of the Ealing Club and West London…. that’s an encouraging trend.
TJ will add a touch of Albert King mixed with a little of the Late great Magic Slim to give his own band, its unique take on Blues + Rock.
If you are lucky, you may arrive early enough for a ‘TJ Johnson’ acoustic session being held at Café Zee from 8.00 pm.
Born Of The Sun: Heavy Blues Rockers BORN OF THE SUN are the children of the generation that witnessed the birth of the British Blues Explosion at the Ealing Club in the 60s.
Musically educated on their parents STONES & WHO records, the Ealing born power trio unleash gutsy sonic flare, fused with lyrical tales of lands of rising suns, rockin in the free world and highways to hell.
Sounding like rolling the good ol’ times back, wrapped up with a harder 21st century rock exo-skeleton, BORN OF THE SUN release their brand New E.P ‘PEACE N LUV’ in January 2016, recorded at Metropolis Studios, LONDON. The band open this year with a sonic boom.
Catch them in the act, live. Rejoice and be united………
Tricia Kane is a singer and songwriter from the Yorkshire Dales, now resident in London. Her influences stretch from Dolly Parton, Nic Jones, Ella Fitzgerald and on to Kate Rusby, Imogen Heap and Sandy Denny.
Tricia has a degree in Classical Singing and has enjoyed performing a wide of variety of music genres; big bands, jazz ensembles and choirs, in theatre shows and operas – styles that along with a lot of folk and country, have all shaped her sound as a songwriter.
Tricia will kick off Ealing Eclectic at The Drapers Arms and move on to the Acoustic sessions at Café Zee later in the evening.
Scott Donaldson & David Stone have been building a reputation at local venues as the vocal force behind the Kings of Wonderland. 2016 will see the launch of an exciting new album consisting of original material penned by this Hanwell duo.
As a duo Atlantic Sons will offer tight harmonies and ‘weaving’ acoustic guitar will serve any new songs well. This combination is bound to please visitors to Ealing Eclectic events at the Drapers Arms and the inaugural Acoustic sessions @ Cafe Zee.
Previously on Ealing Eclectic!
Fusing the folk and urban traditions of her Zambian homeland and her Scottish roots with London’s eclectic music scene, Namvula blends African sounds and rhythms with Latin, jazz and folk into uplifting and emotive songs. Namvula has collaborated and shared the stage with artists including legendary South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, multi-award winning Zambian singer Maureen Lilanda, and sitarist Anoushka Shankar. She is currently working with some of the UK’s most respected African, jazz and folk musicians, including Mercury-nominated bass player Liran Donin and saxophonist Chris Williams, Senegalese percussionist Mamadou Sarr and guitarist Jack Ross.
Namvula’s debut album, Shiwezwa, was released to critical acclaim in November 2014 and was amongst the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Albums.
Expect to see this FREE performance in the company of many other keen music fans.
“A true original” **** The Guardian
“One of the bright new names of the year” **** The Evening Standard
Smiley and The Underclass
Punk-roots-rockers, Smiley and the Underclass emerged from the melting pot of Ladbroke Grove. Echoing the rebellious call-to-arms of The Clash and Dylan, George Smiley sings the revolution blues with a burning fire.
Ingenious, innovative lyricism punctuates the skank of urgent guitars, driven by relentless rhythms guaranteed to put holes in your shoes. The Underclass bridge the divide between punk and reggae with a sound potent enough to waken all punk rockers and roots rebels. www.Smileyandtheunderclass.com
Jacob and Goliath
Jacob and Goliath hail from Brentford and are well aware of the musical heritage that runs through the waters of West London.
Recent performances at SoundBite 2014, Hanwell Hootie and The Ealing Club Presents have consolidated local interest in their LIVE PERFORMANCES. Meanwhile, their music continues to cause a stir, far away from home.
Jacob Simpson, Charlie Brown and Sam Bryan have just finished recording their latest album. Their acclaimed EP “Eyes Conveyed” has been promoted thanks to a hectic touring schedule and even performing on the same bill as James Bay.
One commentator suggested this band ‘blends elements of electro-pop with acoustic folk and impressive, heartfelt melodies’ ….. that’s a great summary and it’s those qualities that will undoubtedly please ‘most of the Ealing Eclectic crowd’ on a Saturday night in Ealing.
Previously on Eclectic: 31 October 2015
31st October 2015 @ The Drapers Arms
AZADEH: A singer songwriter from London (actually, like many other singer/songwriters she was raised in Ealing..) Her Influences include a childhood listening to Persian music and poetry, as well as a wide range of blues, soul and rock.
Azadeh began by becoming a regular at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has played festivals and venues including the Secret Garden Party, Kew the Music Festival, The Roundhouse, The Barbican and Union Chapel.
In 2013/2014 she has been supporting the likes of Deacon Blue, Robert Cray and Jools Holland while recording her solo album in the UK and Los Angeles, mixed by grammy award winning Michael Brauer in New York.
Combining poetic lyricism and technical skill, Azadeh takes us on a journey of freedom and desire with a voice that holds audiences captive. Her influences and potential demonstrate the pool of musical talent that lies around us in contemporary Ealing
RAMON GOOSE & Desert Rock: The sound of old school Blues influences such as Skip James, John Lee Hooker and R L Burnside with hypnotic grooves and melodies from the Sahara. This multicultural outfit delivers energetic trancey rock blues dripping with Mandinka rhythms
Desert Rock (صحراء الروك) started as Ramon Goose ‘s idea to combine North African & West African Mandinka rhythms with earthy trancey blues. Drawing on band members from his recent bands with Diabel Cissokho & The West African Blues Project, he formed Desert Rock to get back to edgier more dangerous Blues. There is no higher musical agenda with this band except to play the music that feels the most natural with each member contributing as they know best. The debut album entitled “Mississippi Mandinka” is expected in the near future…
RAMON GOOSE: Having already established himself a reputation as a great blues guitarist (working with the likes of Eric Bibb & Boo Boo Davies, Eric Burdon, Pee Wee Ellis as well having a number of solo albums under his belt), Ramon has been on a journey over the last few years discovering the sounds of Africa. This has led him to working with likes of re-known Senegalese Kora player Diabel Cissokho (the pair releasing the critically acclaimed ‘Mansana Blues’), Daby Toure, Abdul Dioup, Modou Toure and then forming the West African Blues Project Through his new experiences Ramon has developed his very own style of playing, simply know as ‘Afro-Blues’, creating a wonderful blend of music that is infectious, heart – warming and intoxicating all rolled into one unique sound.
ABDOYLAYE SAMB:Abdoulaye is a guitarist, singer, composer, born in Senegal. He began music by the beaches of his country, fabricating his own instrument from scratch, with fishing lines as strings. The result had a sound evocating those of traditionnal west african instruments such as Ngoni. He taught himself until members of the griot Cissokho family noticed him, and offered him a guitar and their teachings. He went travelling around west Africa to learn different traditions and cultures. He then played with many artists and groups such as Assane Mboup, Abdou Diop, Salam Diallo, Daby Balde, Abou Thiouballo, Baaba Maal. He then started making his own music with his band Minnjiaraby, that led him to play festivals across France, Spain, Germany and UK. He is now based in London.
NDENE NDIAYNE; Ndene was born in Dakar, Senegal and continues a long line of tradition of the Serer people as an expert percussionist of West African styles. He’s performing credits include:
Mokhtar Samba of the National Jazz Orchestra in Paris & Dakar, Senegal Daara J, Waflash, Jololi Production, Yoro Ndiaye, Solo Cissokho, Jamila, Mbaye Kasse,Nila Band,
TIM HILLSDON: On Drums Timm Hillsdon stands in for Eric Ford
ZAD ADDA: Zad Adda is a virtuoso bass player from Algeriawho grew up with a mix of cultures including North African music, jazz and flamenco.He studied jazz at the Academy of Marseille and he’s the leader and composer of the Beessap Band, based in London.
Quotes:“Sensational multicultural blend” Dave Rubin (Author & Journalist) website: http://www.facebook.com/desertrockband
BIRDWOOD: Ali MacKenzie and Derek Griffiths first met in the early 1960’s. Ali was singer in ‘The Birds’ who also featured Ronnie Wood on guitar and Derek was the guitarist in the much acclaimed ‘Artwoods’ who featured vocalist Artwood and Keyboardist John Lord who later went on to play with the highly successful Deep Purple.
The Wood boys were brothers, so both bands shared the same DNA making major contributions to the West London ‘R & B’ scene of the early – mid 60’s.
After this period, Ali and Derek lost touch but met up again at Ronnie’s house on the sad occasion of Art’s funeral in 2006. Subsequently both were asked to make a guest appearance at The Eel Pie Club in Twickenham at an event held annually to celebrate Art’s Birthday. From this small beginning Ali and Derek discussed the possibility of putting a band together and invited Keith Grant Evans and Mark Freeman from ‘The Downliners Sect’ and who had been playing with Art in his last band ‘Art Wood’s All Stars’
The role of keyboard player was offered to Chris Patten (ex Strawbs and Maggie Bell) who Derek had met when they both participated in the ‘70’s TV show ‘Rock Follies’
The Group fixed on the name ‘BIRDWOOD’ and that is the story so far…….
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Phil Odgers + Renegade Virtuoso Violinist Bobby Valentino
For 30 years, Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers has been one half of the legendary joint vocal strike force of The Men They Couldn’t Hang. Audiences around the world from Cairo to Reykjavik, Brisbane to Vancouver and Berlin to London have submitted to his effervescent and heartfelt vocal style in stadium, theatre, hall and after hours lock in.
Most recently, Phil has joined up with British Folk Legends such as Eliza Carthy and producer to create his new double album that will be launched following a successful crowd funding campaign via pledge music.
For EALING ECLECTIC Phil has joined up with legendary Violinist Bobby Valentino who made his name with bands such as ‘The Fabulous Poodles’ . He subsequently joined up with the Hank Wangford band and has played on the work of artists such as Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Bob Geldof, Alabama 3 & Shania Twain.
All British Pop fans will remember his violin work on the Bluebells track ‘Young At Heart’ for which Bobby gained a songwriter credit for his contribution.
A duo of this quality has seldom been seen in recent years in central Ealing. Let’s hope it will be the first of many.
The Blue Amen
Vocalist Chris Thow and pianist Mike Perry have a musical history dating back to the 1980’s. The duo, signed to major labels EMI, A&M records and Chappell publishing, enjoyed 10 years of writing, recording and touring. After a long period of pursuing individual projects the pair came back together in 2014 to form The Blue Amen. Chris and Mike were soon joined by John Gardonyi (drums) and, completing the lineup, Stefano Galarraga (double bass). The Blue Amen, now gigging across London, perform a combination of original material and re-interpreted classics of real significance, including songs made famous by great female vocalists, such as Nina Simone, Etta James and Billie Holiday. Some of their music is available on youtube
Their dynamic live performances are delivered in a sparing blues and jazz style, and have at times an intense emotional depth
The Francis Gahan Band
Debuting at the renowned Ealing Blues Festival in 2014, FGB rocked the house with original music and covers of some classic blues tunes…..they left having made a name for themselves with the energy and power of their live performance.
Mixing Blues, Rock, Funk, and anything else that emerges in their jam sessions, the band’s sound can be described as the old meeting the new….’buying it a round and reminiscing about what’s come before – and where it should now be heading”