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Friday 19 April 8.30pm - 11.30pm

St Harmonica's Blues Club: Spikedrivers + Graham Hine

The Southgate Club, 17 Chase Side, N14 5BP (Entrance is in Crown Lane)  

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We couldn’t use Good Friday’s at the old venue, but we can now….and how! The Spikedrivers are simply one of the classiest acts on the blues & roots scene and it going to be an absolute delight to host them on the stage at the Southgate Club this Friday evening. Spikedrivers' music has been described as 'haunting', 'gutsy', 'tribal' and even psychedelic. Blues in Britain says, “From the first note, Spikedrivers demand to be listened to. Ben Tyzack, Constance Redgrave and Maurice McElroy are three very talented musicians willing to experiment and evoke unusual contemporary sounds while they continue to  keep diggin’ the blues by the roots.”

From the early blues of Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Big Bill Broonzy they have added their own blend of north African and Native American rhythms, gospel harmonies, sixties blues and rock guitar. They’ve been compared to The Band, Led Zeppelin, Ry Cooder, JJ Cale, Fleetwood Mac and even Pink Floyd. It all adds up to simply the Spikedrivers.

With their high energy show, Spikedrivers have been burning up European festival stages. They’ve gained rave reviews at the Chedigny Blues Festival, Cognac Blues Passions, Lugano Blues to Bop Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Rallye de Luxembourg to name just a few. Now add St Harmonica’s to that list!

If I tell you that these are one of Ralph Hutchings favourite bands of all time then you’ll understand. But don’t just take Ralph’s word for it, look at some of the accolades below, check their website www.spikedrivers.co.uk  and come and see for yourself. Early is advised, to get good seats.

 “For their multitude of admirers, they seem to be growing in stature as a headline band.

 If you have not seen them you simply must.” Blues in Britain

"this band should grace the stage at every festival " Blues Matters! - UK 

"Three musicians interweaving and complimenting each other perfectly Folk Roots - UK

"…a gift for evocative songwriting"  Radio 2- Paul Jones

"Spikedrivers on the main stage with their take on down home in your face blues..."  Ealing Blues Festival

Half time comes from Graham Hine. Former slide guitarist with the legendary Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts who is forging an impressive solo career with a new album gaining vary favourable reviews. This is an evening of blues and roots at its absolute best and I can’t think of a better start to the Easter weekend. See you there.

Blues Jammers

If you can’t wait until our next Blues Jam on Sunday May 5th then don’t forget that every Monday it’s the Leytonstone Blues Jam starting at 8.30pm at the Leytonstone Ex-Servicemens Club, 2 Harvey Road, Leytonstone E11 3DB http://www.leytonstonebluesjam.co.uk 

Admission is just £1.00 for jammers and £2.00 to be part of the audience. John Crowther with Dave Thomas are the headline guests on Monday 22nd April


St Harmonica's at the Southgate Club

St Harmonica's will be at the Southgate Club on Fridays - apart from the first Friday of the month. Instead of the first Friday of the month, St Harmonica's will be at the Southgate Club on the Sunday after the first Friday (which in some months will be the second Sunday of the month).

We’ve spent a bit of time up at the new venue and we hope that you will all like the place and feel at home straight away. To allay one or two concerns that came our way; there is loads of seating, around 120 seats around tables with good sightlines and acoustics, and there is a very well stocked bar with pumped beer, a few varieties, available in the members bar which St Harmonica’s members will be able to use on blues nights.

We are able to keep the conditions the same: purchase an annual membership card for just £5 (cheapest membership anywhere?) and thereafter admission is free on Friday blues nights and Sunday blues jams. As we’ve always done, we will take ‘the hat’ around for donations, which is how the bands get paid. The Southgate Club will take the bar takings, which is how they are able to give us the venue at no cost. We’re delighted to be able to keep St Harmonica’s as a community club and hope to bring you the best in blues throughout 2019 and into the next decade.

So you know where your membership fee goes, we’ve had to buy some new PA equipment this year and get a mixer repaired, which cost us over £1k, and we need a reserve to top up the bands’ fees when the evening’s hat doesn’t quite make it. 

Doors open at 8.00pm, the entrance is at the back in Crown Lane, and 2019 membership cards will be available on the door. Parking is fine after 6.30 in local streets and there is always 3 hour free parking in the Asda car park, public transport is a doddle!

Coming up in the next few weeks

Dates shown in red are Sunday night jam sessions.  Others are Friday nights.  There is no St Harmonica's on the first Friday of the month, when the Comedy Club is held in the hall.

AUGUST
Fri 2  Brian Caves & The Blue Road
Sun 4  No St Harmonica's Blues Jam ....
Sun 4   Broomfield Blues: Debbie Bond; Professor Red Hair
Sun 11  Broomfield Blues: Customtones; Doc K
Sun 18  Broomfield Blues: Tyzack & Tortora; Mark Harrison
Sun 25  Broomfield Blues: Blues Chapter; Low Down Dogs
Fri 30    Chad Strentz & the Chadillacs

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