Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, Ealing, London, W5 5EQ
Since 1987 Walpole Park, Ealing has featured one day of Blues as part of the Ealing Summer Festivals. As well as celebrating it’s 25th year, it will highlight the 50th anniversary of the birth of British Rhythm and Blues, a scene that started in Ealing in 1962, thanks to British Blues pioneers Alexis Korner, Cyril Davies and their group Blues Incorporated
Come and join us for a summer Saturday, in beautiful surroundings, listening to these Blues & Rock performers:
Main stage: 7.00 to 8.30pm
Ben Waters is generally regarded as one of the best exponents of Boogie Woogie piano in the world today. Jools Holland has named him as one of his top ten favourite piano players of all time. His latest album ‘Boogie For Stu’ is a tribute to Rolling Stones mentor and pianist Ian Stewart. The album features performances by all of the Rolling Stones.
Of his performance at the 2010 Ealing Blues Festival, compere Hayes FM’s Larry Vidal said that ‘he got just about the best response of any act he’d ever seen at the Festival’ (and that’s no mean feat!). http://www.benwaters.com/
Main Stage 5.00 to 6.30pm
Bad Influence is fronted by vocalist/guitarist Val Cowell, one of Britain’s best female rock/blues singers. Favourable comparisons have been made with great artists like Bonnie Raitt and Janis Joplin. They rock!
Main Stage 3.00 to 4.30pm
Formerly four times winners of ‘The Best Blues Band’ Award, the Producers have recently reformed after a 10 year break. Their new album ‘London Blues’ has received much critical acclaim. Guitarist Magazine said, ‘Big Rich Blues …. a worthy effort for fans of after hours blues with a polished sonic presence.’
ROBERT HOKUM & THE GUV’NORS
Main Stage 9.00 to 10.30pm
Host band of The Ealing Blues Festival, The Guv’nors will once again close the show with the ever popular Festival Closing Jam Session. This year, as it is 50 years of Ealing as the place where the British Blues / Rock movement kicked off. Robert Hokum and The Guvnors will be playing a selection of songs made by famous Ealing Musicians, in their own uniquely funky style.
The EALING CLUB STAGE
THE DOWNLINERS SECT The Ealing Club Stage 9.15-10.15
Contemporaries of the Rolling Stones and The Yardbirds, The Downliners Sect were one of the brashest 1960’s, British R & B Boom bands.
Although cited as an influence by the likes of David Bowie and Van Morrison major success eluded them, partly due to an uncompromising attitude (and maybe the banned record ‘The Sect Sing Sick Songs’), they have maintained a cult following over the years. Still playing with the same energy and enthusiasm that did when playing the Ealing Club in the ‘60’s
JOHN O’LEARY / ALAN GLEN TRIBUTE TO CYRIL DAVIES The Ealing Club Stage 6.30-9.00
Two of the best harmonica players in the country join together with some of the best blues musicians on the circuit to pay tribute to Cyril Davies, who co-founded the Ealing Blues Club with Alexis Korner and kicked off the whole Rhythm & Blues scene.
Special guests include guitarist Papa George, saxophonist Art Themen (who gigged with Cyril Davies and Alexis Korner), and veteran Blues Shouter Norrie Burnett (a contemporary of Cyril Davies).
THE ALI MAC BAND The Ealing Club Stage 4.30 – 6.00
Vocalist Ali McKenzie achieved prominence on the Ealing Club scene with ‘The Birds’ which was the first band of guitarist Ronnie Wood who was later to find fame with the Faces and The Stones. Ali was a contemporary of another Ealing band – The Who.
The Ealing Club Stage 3.30 – 4.15
Representing the new up and coming generation of Blues Musicians, 14 (yes, fourteen) year old guitarist/vocalist Aaron Keylock is already a veteran of the scene having played his first headline gig at the age of 12.
The Ealing Club Stage 2.00 – 3.15
Straight outta Ealing – Jump 66 play a groovy mixture of Jump-Blues, Swing, Jive, Soul and Stomping Rock’n’Roll music.
GEOFF GARBOW BLUES BAND
Bar stage – 2.30 to 3.00
Popular local blues band
CITY RAMBLERS REVIVAL SKIFFLE BAND, featuring DOC STENSON, HYLDA SIMS & SIMON PRAGER
Bar Stage 4.30 – 5.00
Ealing’s own skiffle revivalists
Bar Stage 6.30 – 7.00
Highly rated up and coming blues singer/songwriter
JULES & THE GAMBLERS
Authentic style ‘Chicago’ blues with harmonica & upright bass
Backline for the Blues festival is being supplied by the World Famous MARSHALL AMPLIFICATION who are also celebrating their 50th Anniversary having started in Hanwell in 1962.