THE (mini) EALING BLUES FESTIVAL 2021 IS BACK
Sat 31st July & Sat 7th August
Ealing, London, W5
Due to Covid, there was no Ealing Blues Festival in 2020 and the 2021 Festival will be a mini-version on one stage instead of the usual 3 due to the logistics of setting up the large Ealing Summer Festival of which the Ealing Blues Festival is a part …………. but ……….. THE BLUES IS BACK IN BUSINESS IN EALING – THE HOME OF THE BRITISH ELECTRIC BLUES SCENE!
Ealing is acknowledged as the ‘birthplace of British Rock music’. Rock music is rooted in the Blues and the founding of the Ealing Blues Club as Britain’s first dedicated electric Blues Club on March 17th 1962 by Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies is recognised as the catalyst which sparked a musical revolution. The Rolling Stones, The Who, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and Marshall Amplifiers all have connections to Ealing. For the full story of The Ealing Club, check out the film ‘Suburban Steps to Rockland’.
Not forgetting that Ealing also has connections to some of the greatest female singers this country has produced, Cleo Laine, Dusty Springfield and Kirsty MacColl to name but a few.
Founded in 1987 as a ‘bit of fun’ for some local musicians, the Ealing Blues Festival became bigger and bigger and is now London’s longest running Blues Festival having presented chart names and top British and American Blues acts whilst all the time celebrating Ealing’s Blues Rock Heritage and promoting up and coming talent from the Borough and the British Blues scene.
Here’s the 2021 line-up
SAT 31 JULY
THE PAUL COOK BLUES BAND feat EMMA WILSON
EMMA WILSON finalist in the 2021 UK Blues Awards for ‘Emerging Blues Artist of The Year’.
PAUL COOK – Fast becoming and important figure in the Brit Blues scene as a Record Label and Festival Promoter himself. Although Sussex based he is a great supporter of Ealing’s Blues Heritage.
JADE LIKE THE STONE
From the great tradition of Welsh singers. Jade lived in Ealing for many years and fronted the very popular local band ‘Du Bellows’. Following a strong performance on ‘The Voice’ she has now gone solo.
The young rising guitar star of the British Blues scene, he has already supported The Who at Wembley. Winner of the 2021 UK Blues Awards ‘Young Blues Artist of The Year’.
THE ROBIN BIBI BIG BAND
A stalwart of the Brit Blues scene, it would take pages to list all the ‘names’ he’s performed with. A highly accomplished guitarist and a popular figure at gigs across the country. Appearing here with his ‘big band’ featuring a 3 piece brass section.
ARE YOU EXPERIENCED
Britain’s top Jimi Hendrix Tribute act. Performing in honour of Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell who lived in Ealing (Bordars Road, Hanwell to be precise). Mitchell gigged at The Ealing Blues Club with Terry Marshall (son of Jim) and it was through this relationship that Hendrix would take the Hanwell built Marshall Amps to America, thus launched them as a global brand.
SAT 7 AUGUST
THE KAT PEARSON BAND
American singer Kat now resides in NW London and runs the very popular ‘Blues Chat Show’ – ‘Live Talking Blues’.
THE BOONDOCK HIPPY
Fine ‘Blues ‘n’ Roots’ band with brass and more.
BIG JOE LOUIS
One of the UK’s most highly regarded Blues Performers. Big Joe Louis has recorded with the likes of Van Morrison and Jools Holland. Twice winner of the British Blues Awards ‘Best Male Vocalist’. Big Joe Louis and his Blues Kings have been ‘the backing band of choice’ for a host of visiting American Blues Artists including musicians from Muddy Water’s band.
Representing the ‘Rockier’ end of The Blues Spectrum featuring young lead guitarist Matt Long – Winner of the 2021 UK Blues Awards ‘Blues Instrumentalist of The Year’.
BLUES FESTIVAL CLOSING JAM with
ROBERT HOKUM & THE GREAT WEST GROOVE BIG BAND
Robert Hokum is the Founder of The Ealing Blues Festival and an established artist on The British Blues scene. Also as a Director of The Ealing Club Community Interest Company he was involved with the Heritage Plaque at the former premises of The Ealing Blues Club and appears in the Films ‘Suburban Steps To Rockland – The Story of The Ealing Club’ (Now TV, Sky Arts’) and ‘Rock’n’Roll Island – the story of Eel Pie Island’ (BBC 4)
For this gig THE GREAT WEST GROOVE will feature 2 drummers, giving the Festival a ‘mega rhythmic closing set’.
BLUES FESTIVAL COMPERES – IAN McHUGH (Blues is The Truth Podcast) and KARENA K.
For details of the Blues, Jazz, Comedy and more that make up the Ealing Summer Festival go to https://www.facebook.com/ealingsummer.
Tickets for all events at https://www.ealingsummerfestivals.com/