Garry Blakeley

The TABS - Electric folk-rock: Live - Upstairs at the Carlisle, Hastings
Fri 2 June 2017, 20:00 – 23:00 BST

 Hastings legends The Tabs return to play Upstairs at the Carlisle once more.
This time the magic date is June 2nd. Come and welcome summer with us!
After a run of successful shows throughout 2016, the long-standing band returns once more with local legend and furious fiddler Garry Blakeley (Blakeley & Son, Feast of Fiddles) leading the charge with his outrageous fiddle playing; along with veteran Roger Flack (of Peter Knight's Gigspanner), who really lets his hair down at this gig (literally!) and delights the ears with some mind-blowing guitar playing.
They are joined by Garry's son Edd Blakeley (also of Blakeley & Son, and frequents with local legend Blair) on Banjo and Mandola. Roger Carey (Liane Carroll) on bass really needs no introduction; a hero on the local circuit, he provides his astonishing bass expertise for the evening and is ably supported by Roger F's son Adam Flack on drums. A superb rhythm section by anyone's standard!
Don't miss this rare opportunity to catch an amazing collection of local talent in a truly unique evening of super-group folk-rock-funk.
The entrance to the gig is on the seafront entrance of the Carlisle pub (west-side).
All advance tickets £8. To buy:  CLICK HERE  Call Garry on 07926 353971
Also available from B&T Music, 9 Claremont, Hastings, TN34 1HA.

Or buy cash on the door - £10 (subject to availability - book in advance to avoid disappointment).


An exciting new musical colaboration incorporating many genres from all over the world including, Latin, Afro, Celtic and Gypsy, tunes and songs. Rehearsals are going very well, I think you should come and check this out if you can. The first gig is on Saturday 1st July at The Blackmarket Vip (previously venue) in George Street in the heart of Hastings Old Town. You can purchase tickets from
£8.00 in advance. Entrance on the night will be £10.00 cash only. Doors open 7.30pm

BAND MEMBERS: Juliet Russell (vocals, percussion) Garry Blakeley (violin) Alan Hounsell (guitars, vocals) Rob McCaig (bass, vocals) Julian Humphries (percussion) Bob Truner (trumpets)

I'm in rehearsals at the moment with a good friend of mine working on new material. It will be a mix covering everything from Traditional, Jazz and Contemporary music. I will soon be adding more details but I can tell you that we have got our first booking: The Stag, Hastings Old Town Sunday 25th June 5.00pm - 7.00pm. Its going very well and we are dipping in to our creative talents and getting some excellent results. More info to follow soon.

I will be at the Stag, Hastings Old Town for another solo outing on Sunday 28th May 5.00pm - 7.00pm. Did this last year and it was very enjoyable, lots of you lovely people came and supported me on that occassion and I am hoping that you might choose to do so again. This gig gives me a chance to perform personal favourites, very different from my usual material. Rosey and I will be eating there first, the food is fantastic, highly recommended. 

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 BeerChris LesliePeter KnightTom LearyBrian McNeillIan CutlerHugh CrabtreeDave MattacksMartin Vincent and Dave Harding.

Pete Fyfe 
It was around 1989 that I first met Pete Fyfe, at a beer festival of all places, here in Hastings. We had both just been made redundant due to the economic situation at the time and Pete asked me if I would be interested in doing some gigs with him. We shared a love of Celtic music and we got along very well. Pete was already well known on the circuit and had been since the early seventies. Along with his brother Chris, he had nurtured a well-deserved reputation for being a superb player. I didn’t know Pete at all in those early years so I can’t really say much about that period of his life. The man that I grew to love was warm, polite, fun loving and very congenial. He was hard working and was relentless in his efforts to find work for our duo, Band of Two. He was a strong vocalist, simply brilliant on the banjo, a superb mandolin player and excellent guitarist and could knock a tune out on the whistle or bouzouki if needed. He couldn’t help but smile when he played; a wide grin would appear immediately when he started performing and it was still there at the end of the show. People often remarked on it. He was good with people. They liked him because of his natural warmth and easygoing manner. He had developed a very entertaining style of performance over the years, mainly from playing in pubs and clubs and he could communicate with people with great ease. I never ever heard a bad word said about Pete on the folk scene. He was known and loved by many very well established artists, not only for his music and his big smile, but also for his work as a reviewer; a job that I know he enjoyed immensely and one that he was undoubtedly very good at. There is so much that I could say about Pete because he had such a full life. Music was a huge part of that and I am so grateful that I got to share many joyful years with this splendid man. He will be sorely missed by many and very much so by me.
Garry Blakeley

Blakeley & Son  -  The Long Way Home 
The locally renowned father and son duo have released 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

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

The Tabs are a great band and did most of their 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. Great that they have reformed - always hugely enjoyable to be a part of.

Edd Blakeley (banjo, mandola, guitar, vocals) Roger Flack (guitar, vocals)
Roger Carey (bass guitar, vocals) Garry Blakeley (fiddle, vocals)  
Adam Flack 

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