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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
Garry is working with his son, Edd playing good time Celtic/Irish music. They already have some dates in the diary but hope to be doing more throughout 2013. 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!
Garry has been playing with his good mate, Pete Fyfe for the best part of twenty years in the good time Celtic duo, Band of Two. Both he and Pete are regularly seen with their good friend, Shep Woolley as the “Andsome Cabin Bouys" and perform at both Maritime and corporate events, as well as folk clubs and arts centres. Garry has very recently collaborated with his wife, Rose, on their project 'The Ceremony of May' which tells the story of Jack in the Green in words and music.
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 who needs no introduction. The first gig is on November 8th 2013 at Edinburgh Folk Club and they will be joined by Martin Macdonald and Paul Sedgwick.
THE TABS (acoustic)
There is going to be a reunion gig with The Tabs at the Royal Victoria Hotel, Marina, St.Leornards on Friday 13th December 2013. (doors 7.30pm). 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. Tickets are limited so I would advise buying in advance either through the wegottickets link - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/247919 £8.80 or if you are local, you can pick them up from B&T Music, 9, Claremont £8.00 from 6/11/13. You can email me and reserve them (I will arrange for payment nearer the time) or you may be able to get in by paying on the door on the night but I cannot guarantee that. There will be a bar, tables and seating but also a dance floor for those who would like to dance as so often audiences did in the past. We are all very excited by this reunion and feel that it has to be a night not to miss. Tickets are selling fast for this gig so please don't leave it until the night, buy in advance or contact me asap. Hope to see you there, Garry.
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
Jon Ewen Drums/Percussion/Vocals
Phil Hudson 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
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Photo of Garry by Whitewheel Photography