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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 Wheel of the Year
There is a one off production/performance of our show booked at Westfield Church on January 25th as part of their celebrations of Plough Monday. They have all kinds of events from 10.00pm but we will be starting at 4.00pm. There is a £5.00 ticket charge and if you contact me directly I will put you on the list and your name will be on the door so that you can pay on the day. We would love to see you there, this is the only planned show for 2015 as things stand. Our good friend Jon Ewen will be on drums for this one. My mobile 07926353971
We will be upstairs at the Carlisle pub, Hastings on Friday December 19th doors from 7.00pm. You can get tickets in advance from B&T Keyboards, 9 Claremont, Hastings or pay cash on the night £8.00. We are very pleased to announce that it's be the full lineup as we will be joined by our old pal Andy King on drums. There is a good size dance floor and plenty of seating, also a bar. Its going to be awesome. hope to see you there if you can make it.
BLAKELEY & SON - NEW ALBUM
2014 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 2014 album release!
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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
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