Keepin the blues alive

Monthly live gigs at the Hawth Crawley

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Mark Flanagan Sat 28/9

Mark Flanagan is probably best known as guitarist for Jools Holland's Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, an association that began in 1988.


Mark has also made a name for himself as a solo artist with his own catalogue of songs wowing audiences with fine guitar playing and songs written from the heart. A rare opportunity to see an extraordinary talent.


He has played at the Hawth with Jools and the band, but he did make a an appearance at one of our Folk festivals. What pleased me most was how down to earth he was and easy to get on with. Outstanding guitarist whose style I found reminiscent of JJ Cale. Great opportunity to see a stellar talent. 

Geoff Achison & UK Souldiggers F 6/9

Geoff has a long association with the club and this marks the 20th anniversary of visiting the UK. I first saw Geoff in a little pub in Brighton playing solo and I was completely blown away by his vocals and guitar playing> I then saw him in a little bookshop in the West End playing with Adrian K , his mucker from Oz on leave from the Sydney Opera House orchestra on fiddle. Sublime is the only way to describe the experience and their version of Albert King's 'Crosscut Saw' still lives in the memory.  On that visit I saw him perform with the UK Souldiggers and heard them record "Souldiggin' in the UK". I had never heard funky blues played so well and clearly the guys were having a ball. It was also the first time I met Sam Kelly, drummer extraordinaire.


We have had him on at various venues on every opportunity culminating last year at the Hawth with Alex Butler guesting on a couple of number. Live music at its best, can't wait for the next visit. Slightly older clip of Geoff and the band but it features Sam Kelly on drums and Paul Jobson on keys, superb.

Will Wilde F 4/10

Will Wilde has taken the harmonica way beyond its blues roots since he first emerged on the music scene in 2010. Always pushing forward, evolving and redefining his sound. At first his music reflected traditional Chicago Blues and over time Wilde has developed a more aggressive style that draws from the rock music he grew up on. He has shared the stage with the likes of Taj Mahal on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise in Mexico and appeared at festivals, such as The Rambling Man Fair in Kent on the same bill as Black Stone Cherry and Thunder.


Will appeared at last year's Euroblues weekend and blew the place apart. His covers of Garry Moore's 'Parisienne Walkways' and Canned Heat 'On the road again' defy superlatives, check it out on YouTube.

Paul Cowley F 18/10

Originally from Birmingham UK via mid-Wales Paul now resides in Morbihan Brittany France. A singer, songwriter, acoustic fingerstyle and slide guitarist he was originally inspired by the country blues of Lightnin Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt, Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and others.


I have known Paul for many years when he was playing and promoting music in Sutton Coalfield. Great guy with a lovely touch and feel for the music, a real treat.



Artists @ the Hawth archive

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.

Rory Graham aka Rag n Bone @ Crawley Blues festival 2010

Rory was an unexpected guest when my old mate Bill Footman said that he had sat in with his band Southern Nights a couple of days before and could he sit in. 

Little did I know of for that matter the majority of the audience what a performer was about to take stage and the rest is history.

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Rory Graham with the Hawth Houseband 2010

I had invited my old friend Mike Dowling, Grammy award winner and one of the best guitarists around to put together a band on the nights, comprising the artists appearing at the festival. 

Southern Nights, Mike Dowling, Nigel Bagge, Eddie Armer, Bill Boazman and many more tooke the stage and Rory performed 'Key to the Highway', blues jamming at its best.....enjoy.

Giles Hedley & the Aviators Hawth studio 15/6/17

Giles Hedley and the Aviators, with Sam Kelly drums and Richard Sadler on upright bass. One of the finest exponents of 20's and 30's blues. Regular visitor to the club, wonderful band.

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Doug MacLeod  "Going Down Country"  090914

One of the finest raconteurs in the business, multiple award winner. Doug has played for us many times and this number captures the essence of his style. Attending one of his gigs is like your own personal show in your front room, consummate professional.

Jerron 'Blind Boy' Paxton @ Crawley Blues Club 17/10/16

Jerron was like a throwback to a bygone era of the 20's or 30's and his style was something rarely seen these days. I knew of his prowess as a guitar player, however his repertoire of piano, banjo, fiddle and other instruments was astounding. I look forward to him returning to the Hawth, wonderful performer. 

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Aynsley Lister "Empire State express" 150214

Aynsley is a regular visitor to the club having played for many years around February time. His solo performances are breathtakingly sublime. Here is a performer totally at ease with his surroundings playing to a rapped audience.

Red Butler duo "Old love" 100217

Here the guys were supporting Aynsley Lister and Alex is a great admirer of his playing. This was one of the first duo, electro acoustic that Alex and Dan had played, which complemented the evening perfectly. Later on Alex sat in with Aynsley, what an evening.