Keepin the blues alive

Monthly live gigs at the Hawth Crawley


Coming to the Hawth soon

F 8/2 Nigel Bagge band '110 in the shade'

Nigel is a terrific singer and guitar player and is supported by Mike Piggott on Fiddle and Eddie Armer on harp. The band go out in a variety of different formats and will be playing as a quintet. Numbers covered include the clip attached by John Foggarty, Little Feat and many more.

F 18/2 Aynsley Lister "Ain't no sunshine when she's gone"

Regarded as one of the UK’s finest proponents of rocking blues, Aynsley performs up close and personal in a stripped down, intimate setting. His solo performances are the perfect platform to witness his amazing abilities! After live sessions for Radio 2’s Bob Harris and Paul Jones and performances alongside the likes of Buddy Guy, John Mayall and Robert Cray, Aynsley became the only British artist to be featured in Classic Rock’s Top 10 Contemporary Blues Rock Artists.‘superb’ The Times‘his guitar playing is a fire hazard’ Mojo

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F 18/1/19 Red Butler Duo 'Human' @ Crawley Blues Club 10/12/17

This video was captured by Graham Hutton at the club and serves to illustrate what a terrific acoustic act Red Butler have for those more familiar with the blues/rock. They will be playing the gig as a trio joined by Charlie on drums, one not to miss.

As a double header the first set will be performed by one of the most gifted singer/songwriter in the business, Danny Kyle, who also happens to be a phenomenal guitarist. What an evening we have in store on Friday 18th January.

F 18/1/19 Danny Kyle 'Mr Tom Hughes' town'

Danny Kyle the other featured artist on 18/01/19 was filmed by Sarah Reeve at the Crawley Blues festival playing a Leadbelly classic on a 12 string guitar. 

I have known Danny for many years back to the time of John Adams Bottleneck blues clubs in Kent. He came back to my attention when my great friend Mike Dowling had him as a student at his home in Wyoming, who waxed lyrical about his playing. Mike knows a good guitar player when he hears one.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.