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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.
BLAKELEY & SON - NEW ALBUM - Official Launch
2015 Album - It's been a long time coming, but now Blakeley & Son, the good-time family celtic pair, are finally producing an album! The father and son duo have played and toured for years but alas, the coveted studio album has long slipped through their fingers. No longer! We are now presented with the exciting prospect of a 2015 album release!
The official launch evening will be at the Jenny Lind in Hastings Old Town on Wednesday 6th May - 8.00pm - 10.00pm. This is a free event and we would love to see you there if you can make it. The CD will be available from March 19th - you can pre-order now CLICK HERE
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Blakeley & Son - The Long Way Home - It's on the way!!!
The locally renowned father and son duo are releasing 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
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 especially now that Andy King is back with us on drums completing a full line-up.
Edd Blakeley (banjo, mandola, guitar, vocals) Roger Flack (guitar, vocals)
Roger Carey (bass guitar, vocals) Garry Blakeley (fiddle, vocals)
Andy King (drums)
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