Garry Blakeley

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."
Click HERE to listen to a short recording from a recent rehearsal
Click HERE for another rehearsal recording.

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 BeerChris LesliePeter KnightTom LearyBrian McNeillIan CutlerHugh CrabtreeDave MattacksMartin 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

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)  

CD NOW AVAILABLE - The Wheel of the Year
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Photo of Garry by Whitewheel Photography