Meet the Ealing Club at the 20-21 July 2019 Ealing Blues Festival

Continuing its decades-long legacy as one of the UK’s most iconic local festivals, Ealing Blues Festival 2019 takes place on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July in Ealing’s beautiful Walpole Park.

It’s your opportunity not only to hear some great music but also to meet the people behind the Ealing Club Community Interest Company. You’ll find us at the side of the Bar Stage where we’ll have our complete range of exclusive merchandise at very special process including our new publication: The A-Z of Ealing Rock which shows why Ealing’s the suburb that’s rocked the world.

Founded in 1987 by Ealing Club’s Robert Hokum, the Ealing Blues Festival has become one of the biggest blues festivals in the UK.  

It continues the borough’s rich musical fabric that began at the Ealing Club in 1962 where the likes of The Who, The Rolling Stones and Cream members Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce cut their teeth.

The 2019 two-day event is headlined by new-wave icon Nick Lowe, New Orleans bluesmen The Cosimo Matassa Project and Europe’s premier The Who tribute act, Who’s Next.

Artists appearing, in alphabetical order include: Andy Twyman, Bad Influence, Big Mama’s Door, Crossfire Blues Band, Cosimo Matassa Project, Eel Pie All-Stars, Geoff Garbow Band, Great West Groove, Guy William Band featuring Gemma Dorsett, Johnny G, Kyla Brox, Lewis Cohen, Mack featuring Tommy Hare, Marky Dawson, Near Death Experience, Neil Stout’s Old, Nick Lowe, Nicole Skeltys & The Disenchanted, Paul Cook Blues Band featuring Emma Wilson, Robert Hokum Revue, Son Of Dave, Stiff Joints Duo, The Frisco’s, Tim Stafell & Paul Stewart Band, Tommy Allen’s Trafficker, Who’s Next, Winnie & The Rockettes.

Festival details – Saturday

Festival details – Sunday

Blue-eyed soul pioneer James Royal plays Ealing on 24 July

Blue-eyed soul pioneer James Royal hailed from South Ealing and became a regular performer at the legendary Ealing Club basement bar where so many musicians headed to experience the sounds of the new London R & B movement of the early 1960s.

He’s going to be back there with an all-star backing band on Wednesday 24 July 2019, in a rare UK appearance.

James, a well-kept secret among fans of 60s Mod and blue-eyed soul, cut his teeth at the Ealing Club as Jimmy Royal & The Hawks and went on to enjoy a decade-long career with releases on the Decca, Parlophone, CBS, Carnaby,  and Philips labels.

His vocal prowess led to the creation of a number of memorable tracks the best of which were released in May 2017 on RPM Records in the collection Call My Name: Selected Recordings 1964-1970

The 25-track compilation offers a cross- section of James’ recording career, starting with his debut in 1964 and scrolling through his four highly collectable sides for Parlophone and the cream of his prolific output for CBS between 1967 and 1970. Also includes James’ very first vinyl outing on the Ready Steady Win album from 1964 (as Jimmy Royal and The Hawks).

It’s named after James’ most famous song, Call My Name, an uptempo Motown-influenced track which was a hit across Europe and was also belatedly popular on the Northern Soul scene and in Mod Revival clubs.

James now lives in Australia but thanks to a short visit back to London, on Wednesday 24 July at 8pm he’ll be returning to the Red Room for an impromptu performance backed by a terrific line-up of musicians.

Already confirmed on drums is Richard Hudson formerly of the Strawbs; on bass Deep Purple founding member Nick Simper who himself played at the Ealing Club on Wednesdays with the Delta 5, and sax player and amp man Terry Marshall formerly of mid-60s Ealing Club regulars the Soul Messengers is set to complement this venerable line-up.

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Poster for the seventh annnual Hanwell Hootie takes place on Saturday 11 May 2017.

Meet the Ealing Club CIC at the Hanwell Hootie

London’s largest free one-day music festival is happening on Saturday (11 May) with over 100 bands playing at the 17 venues of the seventh annual Hanwell Hootie.

Not only are some of our favourite blues and Ealing Eclectic players appearing – Robert Hokum, Karena K, Terry Marshall, Phil Odgers  – but we’ll be there too.

Come and talk to volunteers from the Ealing Club Community Interest Company at the Viaduct, 221 Uxbridge Road from 4pm

One of the Hootie’s main venues, the Viaduct has a long musical history: R&B pioneer Cyril Davies played in the pub’s large upstairs function room and the Bee Gees and Cream were among the many 60s bands who rehearsed there.

The first Hanwell Hootie took place on 6 April 2013 as a free event in four pubs to commemorate the unveiling that day of a black plaque at 147-149 Uxbridge Road, London W7 3ST to mark the birthplace of Marshall Amplification at 76 Uxbridge Road.

Since then the Hootie has played a major role in the regeneration of Hanwell – showing how music heritage can help reinvigorate the present and the future.

Programme booklets are available now at Boston Manor underground station and the 17 venues.

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