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I'm in rehearsals at the moment with a good friend of mine working on new material. It will be a mix covering everything from Traditional, Jazz and Contemporary music. I will soon be adding more details but I can tell you that we have got our first booking: The Stag, Hastings Old Town Sunday 25th June 5.00pm - 7.00pm. Its going very well and we are dipping in to our creative talents and getting some excellent results. More info to follow soon.
Click HERE to listen to a short recording from a recent rehearsal
Click HERE for another rehearsal recording
MORE INFO ON BLAKELEY LUCAS:
This very recent collaboration of two Hastings based musicians has produced an eclectic range of songs and sounds. Although they have both been based mainly in Hastings for the last forty years, this is the first time that they have joined together to combine their creative talents. Bear’s major influences include the likes of Rory Gallagher, Andy Summers, John Martyn, Ed Sheeran and James Bay. Mark Kelly (Altan) said of him, “Some really dynamic chordal arrangements – lovely.” Brooke Sharkey said, “Smooth, groovy and delicate guitar player with a fantastic ear. A joy to hear and to play with.” Bear has toured Ireland, the UK and Europe with various artists including Karen Tweed. Locally he is known and respected for his work with Local Heroes and Cut the Mustard. Garry Blakeley’s influences are set very much in the Folk and Folk Rock traditions. Early influences include Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, The Bothy Band and The Dubliners. He toured Europe with the renowned Irish trio Brian Boru and Norwegian base folk group Spitzkarine. He has supported Steeleye, Christy Moore and Fairport, and is known locally for his work with The Mariners, Better Days, Barry Dransfield, Band of Two, The Tabs and more recently, Blakeley & Son. He is recognised as one of the best fiddle players in the country and as a strong vocalist. He now tours regularly with the highly acclaimed Feast of Fiddles, along side such players as Peter Knight, Chris Leslie and Phil Beer (Show of Hands). Simon Nichol (Fairport) said of him,
“Garry's work shows a happy meld of youthful bounce and spirit with a mature sense of the inner value of the driving melodies seemingly tossed off without apparent effort: at the same time this man is no mean tunesmith and he can make his fiddle sing with real depths of emotion."
ENSEMBLE PARADISI ! NEW BAND !
An exciting new musical colaboration incorporating many genres from all over the world including, Latin, Afro, Celtic and Gypsy, tunes and songs. Rehearsals are going very well, I think you should come and check this out if you can. The first gig is on Saturday 1st July at The Blackmarket Vip (previously venue) in George Street in the heart of Hastings Old Town. You can purchase tickets from https://www.wegottickets.com/event/402083
£8.00 in advance. Entrance on the night will be £10.00 cash only. Doors open 7.30pm
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For those of you who love brilliantly crafted, original, high octane, music, then you’ll be very interested in a new and exciting musical collaboration. ‘Ensemble Paradisi’, is a creation by some of the Southeast’s finest musicians and tunesmiths. Specializing in the interpretation of a wide range of musical genres, from all around the world, including, Latin, Afro, Gypsy and Celtic melodies and songs. Hot driving rhythms, taking you on a passionate and evocative journey to exotic parts.
At the heart of the new venture is Hastings’ very own Garry Blakeley, recognized as one of the Country’s finest fiddle players having toured with the likes of ‘Steeleye Span’, and ‘Christy Moore’. Garry is well known locally as a founder member of the funky Rockers ‘The Tabs’, he also tours regularly with the amazing ‘Feast of Fiddles”. Together with Juliet Russell, singer and composer, described as brilliantly haunting by ‘The Stage’ and ‘blissed out a capella’, by the Independent. Juliet is the creator and the driving force behind the celebrated and award winning ‘Vocal Explosion’ World Music choir, whose sell out shows are some of the most eagerly anticipated in the area. Add to this the amazing rhythmic power of Julian Humpries, and his assorted drums and hand percussion, then, you have the foundation of a musical chemistry, which defies categorization. Julian has played and taught percussion for the last 20 years. Having trained in India and Africa he has a wide knowledge of world beats and rhythms. He has recently returned from Salvador and Brazil where he studied Afro Brazilian rhythms and performed with ‘Cotejo Afro’, one of Salvador’s oldest musical troupes and with whom he performed at the mighty and world famous ‘Carnival’ in Rio.
Completing the line up are Rob McCaig on bass, Alan Hounsell on guitar and Bob Turner on trumpet. Rob began as a brass player before becoming a professional bassist on the London session and residency scene. He co-founded the 13 piece Atlantic Soul band ‘The Fabulistics’ who regularly played for the Royals and the SAS! Alan has known Rob since their school days and they have played together in a very wide variety of bands and styles, ever since.
Bob Turner is a highly regarded brass player, in high demand throughout the southeast.
Ensemble Paradisi, will be playing at the Blackmarket VIP, (formerly the Venue) above the Blackmarket pub on George Street, Old Town Hastings on Saturday 1 July. Tickets are available from, https://www.wegottickets.com/event/402083, £8.80 in advance, including booking fee. Also available from
B&T Music, 9 Claremont, Hastings and Bio-50,
7 Courthouse Street, Old Town, Hastings.
Entrance on the night will be from 7.30, with tickets on the door at £10 cash only.
Bring your dancing shoes!!
Garry Blakeley has been involved with music since the age of seven. He studied the violin and piano through his school years eventually going on to college, Dartington College of Arts. He was a regular in folk clubs from as early as 1971 playing with The Mariners and The Telham Tinkers. He toured Europe often with the Celtic band, Brian Boru, has supported such artists as Christy Moore and Steeleye Span, has worked and recorded with the legendary Barry Dransfield and has recorded numerous albums which are available on this website. He is very comfortable with the folk rock genre having spent many years playing with Better Days and The Tabs and is now a member of the celebrated Feast of Fiddles where he is working with Phil Beer, Chris Leslie, Peter Knight, Tom Leary, Brian McNeill, Ian Cutler, Hugh Crabtree, Dave Mattacks, Martin Vincent and Dave Harding.
Blakeley & Son - The Long Way Home
The locally renowned father and son duo have released their debut collaboration CD - a fiddle album ranging from pure traditional through to world and improvised jazz. Included are some exciting new fiddle tunes, by esteemed fiddler Garry Blakeley, and some all-new arrangements of classic traditional tracks arranged in the duo’s unique fashion. Their musical talents have combined to produce a top class, joyous album and, with some special guest appearances, create a listening experience that is very much a reflection of their live gigs. Blakeley & Son at their finest has finally arrived.
The album can be purchased from: click here - you can also listen to the first track of the album on this link.
You can view various videos on the Music & CD's page !
HASTINGS ONLINE TIMES - Garry's interview with Sean O' Shea - CLICK HERE
THE VOCAL EXPLOSION CHOIR
Garry has agreed to play a few concerts with the celebrated Vocal Explosion.
Vocal Explosion Choir perform
Music from around the World
A Journey from Africa to Eastern Europe
Tel. Juliet on 07972485619
The Tabs are a great band and did most of their gigging from 1990 through to about 2004 with 4 albums to their name. They were very popular with audiences both locally and on the festival scene. They performed at the prestigious Fairport Cropredy festival in 1995 to around 20,000 people with great revues. Great that they have reformed - always hugely enjoyable to be a part of.
Edd Blakeley (banjo, mandola, guitar, vocals) Roger Flack (guitar, vocals)
Roger Carey (bass guitar, vocals) Garry Blakeley (fiddle, vocals)
Adam Flack (drums)
CD NOW AVAILABLE - The Wheel of the Year
Click this link for details and full CD collection - complete CD catalogue
Photo of Garry by Whitewheel Photography