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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 Vcenint, John Underwood and Dave Harding.
THE TABS LIVE AT CARNIVAL FM
Click here to view the live video very recently recorded at the Jenny Lind in Hastings Old Town as part of the CarnivalFM Old Town week. Thanks to Andy Gunton and everyone in the studio. We really enjoyed the session!
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
The next concert is at Tenterden on Sunday 6th July 2014 in the afternoon.Tel. Juliet on 07972485619
BLAKELEY & SON
Garry is working with his son Edd playing good time Celtic/Irish music. They have performed at numerous venues during 2013 but hope to be doing even more throughout 2014. Their music is energised and exciting, toe tapping and singalong. Keep an eye on the events page if you want to catch them in the near future. NEW VIDEOS CAN BE VIEWED ON THE EVENTS PAGE!
DUNCAN WOOD & DAVE SWARBRICK
Garry is about to play a few gigs with his old mate, Duncan Wood, fantastic fiddle and mandolin player and as such will be enjoying the company of Cathal McConnell from Boys of the Lough and Dave Swarbrick, they will be joined by Martin Macdonald and Paul Sedgwick. Check the events page for further information.
The Tabs were a great band, 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. We are all very excited by this reunion and very much enjoyed the first gig at The Royal Victoria Hotel. Thanks to all of you who turned out for it, we really appreciate it. We also had a great gig at St. Clements church in Hastings Old Town as part of the Jack in the Green festival, there will be more concerts this year so keep an eye on this page for any news.
Edd Blakeley(banjo, mandola, guitar, vocals) Roger Flack (guitar, vocals)
Roger Carey(bass guitar, vocals) Garry Blakeley(fiddle, vocals)
THE GARRY BLAKELEY BAND:
Edd Blakeley Bass Guitar/Vocals/Sound
Garry Blakeley Fiddle/Vocals
Russell field Drums/Percussion/Vocals
James Board Guitars
See the events page or the Garry Blakeley Band page for details of gigs !
Rose Blakeley Writer
Jane Downes Story teller, Singer and Narrator
NEW 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