The London Borough of Ealing is the suburb whose sound has rocked the world!
So says the forthcoming new book, The A-Z of Ealing Rock which tells the story of the place where, thanks to the pioneering players at the Ealing Club and to father-of-loud Jim Marshall, the electric guitar realised its true potential.
The A-Z of Ealing Rock details how this small area of west London played a crucial part in the development of the music made by innovators such as The Rolling Stones, The Who, Queen, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Blues Incorporated, Alexis Korner, Dusty Springfield, Fleetwood Mac and many more.
Available price £10, The A-Z of Ealing Rock(ISBN 978-1-78926-463-0) has been compiled by Robert Salmons, Alistair Young and Roger Green, to tell you all you need to know about what you need to know about how Ealing, Acton and Hanwell have made their mark on popular music.
Proceeds from the sale of the book will support the Ealing Club Community Interest Company’s work to highlight the music heritage of the Ealing, Acton, Hanwell & Southall are and to stage live music events that will inspire the musicians of the future.
The Ealing Eclectic MusicSpace “Coffee House” sessions are creating a loyal following from those seeking premium music performances in intimate West London settings. Thanks to backing from the Arts Council of England the Ealing Club CIC is trying to reach out to across multiple venues that offer potential to improve the prospects for live music participants.
On Friday 18thJanuary three artists were on offer to a crowd whose ages spread across the generations. The Café Zee venue is unlicensed and hence ideal for parents and kids to watch and participate from 7:30 – 9:30 pm.
Just after 7:30 pm, Marky Dawson the Boogie Woogie Piano player who recently teamed up with Derek Nash (of Jool’s Holland’s R & B Orchestra) began a 40 minute set featuring some classic piano based tracks with the pinnacle being his version of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s Human.
Ealing Eclectic Youth Sessions
This intermission between headline artists is a platform for younger musicians, particularly those in the under 18 age group who turn-up and ‘cut their teeth’ on a tiny stage in front of supportive audience.
Louis Martino offered up renditions of ‘Way Down We Go’ by Kaleo and ‘Sunflower’ by Post Malone and had the nerve to spontaneously call upon his sister to perform a version of Belly Ache by Billie Eilish. It was brilliant and there will be no doubt more from them in the future.
JohnnyG’s return to Ealing
Headliner, JohnnyG offered a set that hypnotized all those present with his unique guitar playing style. His ability to draw on the blues while bringing in ska, folk and even some music hall traditions is something quite unique.
His back catalogue of music, some of which helped consolidate the Beggars Banquet record label is now ripe for rediscovery by local film directors and his quirky live guitar style hit the spot with the audience. Tracks such as Highway Shoes, Night after Night, In My Time of Dying were skilfully delivered to cater for audiences in 2019. Johnny won some new fans.
Johnny (aka John Gotting) returns to Ealing for a special birthday celebration at the Castle Inn Ealing on 9th February 2019.
Ealing Eclectic MusicSpace returns to the basement of Café Zee in Ealing Broadway on 18 January for a series of monthly coffee shop gigs.
Prior booking essential! Tickets available here at wegotickets
BEGGARS BANQUET & EALING BROADWAY
Gary Numan and Tubeway Army – Are ‘Friends’ Electric?
Beggars Banquet – The Record Label with a heart & soul in Ealing
John ‘Johnny G’ Gotting – Ealing Return
To kick off 2019 we host the legendary Johnny G, the singer-songwriter from Northfields who became one of the first artists to sign for Beggars Banquet, the record label that’s now Europe’s biggest independent music groups. According to Beggars Group managing director Martin Mills, the label’s heart and soul developed at their Ealing record shop just around the corner from Café Zee at 19 Ealing High Street.
Along with The Lurkers and Ivor Biggun our featured artist Johnny G formed the foundation of a label that would go on to nurture so many cutting-edge acts.
GARY NUMAN & TUBEWAY ARMY
Martin Mills lived above the Ealing shop and bands were encouraged to bring in demo tapes that would be aired to the Beggars staff and subjected to a popular vote to be considered for the record label.
It was here that Paul Gardiner, bass player of Tubeway Army would present the band demo featuring a certain West London musician, Gary Numan.
Gary Numan and Tubeway Army were subsequently signed to the Beggars Banquet label and their tracks Are ‘Friends’ Electric? and Cars kickstarted to the growth of the label that has become the UK’s largest independent record group.
Ealing Eclectic sees Johnny G back in town for some semi-acoustic renditions of his current setlist. His unique guitar playing style and tone together with which will be ideal for the attentive audience at Café Zee
Johnny is joined by emerging talent Marky Dawson and some guest performances from the Ealing Eclectic Youth Sessions. Check out Marky Dawson’s live performance here: