Keepin the blues alive

Monthly live gigs at the Hawth Crawley


Artists @ the Hawth

Mike Dowling-Live from the Dennison Lodge in Wyoming

Mike is recognised by his peers and public alike as a master musician across many guitar styles from bottleneck, fingerpicking, jazz, swing and ragtime to name but a few. I regularly get asked as to when he will return to these shores and all I can say is that we frequently chat and are trying to work something out.

In the meantime sit back with a glass of something and some quality headphones and enjoy Mike in concert promoted by public TV PBS broadcast.

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).

Artists appearing at the Hawth 2018

Kent Duchaine"Trouble In Mind"Harvest Time Blues festival Friday 26/1

Kent has always been a firm favourite @ the Hawth having appeared many times. He is one of the best entertainers on the circuit, totally professional and guaranteed to give 100%. This gig is of particular significance as it marks the 20th anniversary  of the club, when my old mate Bill Footman first contacted Paul Jones on his Jazz FM show, The rest is history as they say.

AYNSLEY LISTER (SOLO) IN CONCERT - Crawley Blues Club, Crawley , W. Sussex. 15.02.14

Friday 16/2

Full solo set from the Hawth, to whet your appetite before tickets go on sale.

Ben Tyzack & Guy Tortora "Police dog blues" 

Friday 16/3

Ben from the Spikedrivers and Guy who fronts his own band came together as a duo when they played the Crawley Blues festival back in 2010. Since then they have gone from strength to strength with their combined talents being greater than the sum of the parts. They tour each year now and are firm favourites at the Hawth.

JIM CRAWFORD - "Sugar Cane" - The Hawth Theatre  - Crawley, England 

Sunday 24/3

Jim Cawford possesses one of the finest voices on the blues scene and as a writer he is sensitive and poetic, just listen to the lyrics of Sugar Cane. He has graced all stages at the Hawth and it is appropriate that this clip should come from our festival. He is an understated guitar player but his playing  is up there with the best. In addition he brings a warmth and humour to his show, which adds to the intimacy of his performance.