Keepin the blues alive

Monthly live gigs at the Hawth Crawley


Artists appearing @ the Hawth in 2017

Mike Vernon - Old Man's Dreams - feat: Kid Carlos 31/10/17

The Flamingo All Stars recorded at the Bull's Head Barnes.

Best known as the founder of Britain’s Blues record label, Blue Horizon, legendary producer - Mike Vernon - has worked with everyone from Alexis Korner, David Bowie, John Mayall, Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, Jack Bruce, Rod Stewart, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and many more!

For one night only, Mike Vernon – the Rhythm & Blues singer - will be here at The Hawth Studio alongside his handpicked musicians – The Mighty Combo – featuring Kid Carlos (guitar), Paul Tasker (sax), Matt Little (keyboards), Ian Jennings (upright bass), and Mike Hellier (drums).

‘a sensational band!’ Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

Mike Vernon Combo 31/10/17 promo

Mike Vernon is the legendary producer of Blue Horizon records who recorded all the early Fleetwood Mac including arguably one of the finest debut albums eponymously known as "The dog and the dustbin''. I have met him on a couple of occasions when John Mayall, who he also produced several albums with, played at the Hawth and also what was to be the final Blues on the Farm festival.

He is the consummate professional who brings over 50 years experience to the stage with blues soaked R&B backed by wonderful musicians Kid Carlos (guitar), Paul Tasker (sax), Matt Little (keyboards), Ian Jennings (upright bass), and Mike Hellier (drums).

This is a must see gig as these bands are a rarity , foot stomping, toe tapping, feelgood music.

Steve James - Birmingham Steel  24/11/17

Steve is a unique talent as he is the consummate musician on guitar and mandolin, coupled with rich baritone voice. His knowledge of the blues is that of a practical academic, which makes him an entertainer and raconteur.  US bluesman, songwriter, bottleneck slide players, and storyteller who has earned his reputation with decades of tireless international touring, recordings, humorous stage presence and an unmistakable style of playing and singing.

'there is something real, something unfeigned, something vital in the hands and throat of a master like James’ Austin Chronicle

The Elevators - You Upset Me Baby 8/12/17

The end of an era as the Elevators perform their last gig at the Hawth. The band are synonymous with Crawley Blues having appeared many times as a five piece and the big band. 

They first appeared at our first venue with John Whippy fronting the band. Their brand of blues is firmly in the Chicago style with influences from early Bluesbreaker albums such as the Beano album and 'Hard Road', together with Fleetwood Mac  who included Peter Green at the time.

Old school music played with style and class by wonderful musicians with Fran Galpin (vocals), Paul Rawson (lead guitar), Mick Hill (drums), Ian Greaves (rhythm guitar) & Martin Robinson (bass).