DAVE KELLY (from The Blues Band): solo and acoustic + Marina Florence

Date/Time Sun 02 Jul 2017 7:45 PM

Price Online - £12 + £1.20 booking fee; On The Door - £12

If there is such a thing as a British “blues pedigree”,  Dave Kelly sets the standard. He’s a blues craftsman – a journeyman who has served his time with the best.

In New York he jammed with Muddy Waters. He became a friend to Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker and played in their touring bands. Dave’s sister, the late Jo-Ann Kelly, first opened his ears to the blues, although his passion for rock and roll – and especially Buddy Holly’s work – remains intact.

In 1967 he joined The John Dummer Blues Band. After three albums and a solo project he continued polishing his style and technique with some of Britain’s finest players.

When The Blues Band was formed in 1979, the post of slide guitarist and joint vocalist was a foregone conclusion. Dave Kelly’s guitar and vocals form the backbone of The Blues Band’s distinctive sound.

After 21 years with the band, with his solo albums, duo tours with Paul Jones, and soundtrack work (including BBC TV’s King of the Ghetto and the Comic Strip’s Strike!) Dave is firmly established as Europe’s premier blues performer.

The top video is from a Butlins appearance in 2013 (Recorded by Peter Simmonds). The next video is from Keighley Blues Club on Friday 31st May 2013 – a song regularly performed at singarounds and floor spots:

Marina Florance hails from Norfolk (as you can tell from the video). She came to performing late in life, however very soon after making the decision to “come out of the kitchen” to widen her audience she was awarded Arts Council funding to record a debut album, Somewhere Down The Line.

Marina’s song Cry won the Oldies Composers Competition, judged by BBC Radio 2 presenter, resulting in Anthony Head singing the song live on ITVs This Morning, and gaining airplay on numerous radio stations including the BBC.