Keepin the blues alive

Monthly live gigs at the Hawth Crawley

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Forthcoming shows 

F 28/9 The Spikedrivers 25th Anniversary Concert @ Crawley Blues Club  Graham Hutton

SAINTS & SINNERS

music from the cross to the crossroads

featuring

The Spikedrivers

Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke

Blues and gospel, despite their obvious differences, have

always been linked, perhaps different branches from the same tree.

One developing on Saturday night the other on Sunday morning.

So many blues musicians we know and love spent their early years singing in church. We would never have had the presence, power and passion of Son House, Muddy Waters or Ma Rainy “mother of the blues” without these foundations. And of course, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who throughout her career could handle both sides with flair, influencing music far beyond gospel and blues becoming known as "the original soul sister"

and "the godmother of rock and roll".

Inspired by all these rich influences, Ben Tyzack, Constance Redgrave & Maurice McElroy from the Spikedrivers with Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke present Saints & Sinners, a concert exploring the space

and harmony between spiritual music and ‘the devil’s blues’.

Five voices, a multitude of guitars, percussion & even some homemade instruments create a world of soul, stories and soundscapes.

Join us for a foot-stomping, gut-wrenching, heart-soaring

journey from the cross to the crossroads

….and all points in-between

Sun 7/10Brooks Williams solo

No Easy Way Back (Official Video)

Brooks, from Statesboro' Georgia USA, performs acoustic music that draws heavily on both his blues and Americana roots. Like drinking whiskey from a honey jar, you get both the sweet and the bite. Slide and acoustic guitar lay down the groove while his laid-back vocal floats over top.


Tu 23/10 Way Down In The Hole - Maggie Bell & Dave Kelly

An evening with two stalwarts of the British R&B scene, two great voices, two great reputations. A wonderful evening of acoustic blues, soul and good times, and no doubt a little humour. Maggie Bell - Scotland's Queen of Soul, founder member of Stone the Crows, later had an incredibly successful solo career on both sides of the Atlantic, now once again back on the music scene after a 20 year lay off. She was a resounding hit at the Led Zeppelin reunion concert in 2008.Dave Kelly - London's slide guitar king, having learned his trade in the backing bands of, and recording with, Son House, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells to name but five blues legends, a founder member of The Blues Band, still wowing audiences after nearly 30 years.

F 16/11 Railroad Blues STEVE JAMES live National Resonator Blues Guitar

An all-star line up of blues artists feature in a concert featuring Will Wilde (harmonica), Steve James (bottleneck slide guitar) and Bill Boazman (aka Sonny Black) (country blues guitar).The show is part of a weekend organised by Michael Roach which offers workshops, jams and performances for musicians of all ability levels (see euroblues.co.uk).

Artists @ the Hawth archive

Mike Dowling-Live from the Dennison Lodge in Wyoming

Mike is recognised by his peers and public alike as a master musician across many guitar styles from bottleneck, fingerpicking, jazz, swing and ragtime to name but a few. I regularly get asked as to when he will return to these shores and all I can say is that we frequently chat and are trying to work something out.

In the meantime sit back with a glass of something and some quality headphones and enjoy Mike in concert promoted by public TV PBS broadcast.

Rory Graham aka Rag n Bone @ Crawley Blues festival 2010

Rory was an unexpected guest when my old mate Bill Footman said that he had sat in with his band Southern Nights a couple of days before and could he sit in. 

Little did I know of for that matter the majority of the audience what a performer was about to take stage and the rest is history.

Our Recent Work

Rory Graham with the Hawth Houseband 2010

I had invited my old friend Mike Dowling, Grammy award winner and one of the best guitarists around to put together a band on the nights, comprising the artists appearing at the festival. 

Southern Nights, Mike Dowling, Nigel Bagge, Eddie Armer, Bill Boazman and many more tooke the stage and Rory performed 'Key to the Highway', blues jamming at its best.....enjoy.

Giles Hedley & the Aviators Hawth studio 15/6/17

Giles Hedley and the Aviators, with Sam Kelly drums and Richard Sadler on upright bass. One of the finest exponents of 20's and 30's blues. Regular visitor to the club, wonderful band.

Our Recent Work

Doug MacLeod  "Going Down Country"  090914

One of the finest raconteurs in the business, multiple award winner. Doug has played for us many times and this number captures the essence of his style. Attending one of his gigs is like your own personal show in your front room, consummate professional.

Jerron 'Blind Boy' Paxton @ Crawley Blues Club 17/10/16

Jerron was like a throwback to a bygone era of the 20's or 30's and his style was something rarely seen these days. I knew of his prowess as a guitar player, however his repertoire of piano, banjo, fiddle and other instruments was astounding. I look forward to him returning to the Hawth, wonderful performer. 

Our Recent Work

Aynsley Lister "Empire State express" 150214

Aynsley is a regular visitor to the club having played for many years around February time. His solo performances are breathtakingly sublime. Here is a performer totally at ease with his surroundings playing to a rapped audience.

Red Butler duo "Old love" 100217

Here the guys were supporting Aynsley Lister and Alex is a great admirer of his playing. This was one of the first duo, electro acoustic that Alex and Dan had played, which complemented the evening perfectly. Later on Alex sat in with Aynsley, what an evening.