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AN AUDIENCE WITH: June 6th at the Stag in Hastings Old Town. 7.00pm - 8.30pm I will be chatting about my influences and my favourite tracks, playing a few tunes. This will be happening with a local artist every Thursday in June. I'm looking forward to it, hopefully it will be an interesting conversation, it's probably going to be filmed for future reference.
BLAKELEY & SON - Special Event:
Friday 14th June at THE MANOR BARN, BEXHILL (Bar and lots of parking)
This is a ticketed affair and promises some exciting new material. Tickets are priced at £9.00 each and can now be purchased from the followong link:
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This is a rare opportunity to catch Garry & Edd performing in a concert environment. Further details to follow soon.
NEW WEBSITE UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Edd and I are undertaking a joint venture which we hope will be ready to go in very early February. It's getting there. Keep an eye on this page for further info:
NEW NAME FOR TRIO: Llama Legs
Bear and I are often joined by our good mate Jon Ewen on drums. We have now given this trio a name, Llama Legs
Llama / lɑːmə / a domesticated pack animal able to pull the wool over your eyes. Lavishly, the legendary Llama Legs combine the lovely laureate of the violin who will lure you into his lair in a lothario like manner. The lotic swells of the lambent guitar will lift your spirit as the liquescent loveliness of the rhythms are luminescent in their allure. Overlapping are the many moving laryngeal moments which lull your senses. Overall the music of Llama Legs will provide a lenitive cure as you listen. It is lapidarian as it is etched in your mind, almost lachrymatory in its effect.
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"