Keepin the blues alive

Monthly live gigs at the Hawth Crawley


Coming soon to the Hawth

Ian Siegal Sat 7/11

Europe’s leading contemporary bluesman is at the top of his game in this brand new video of his song “Sweet Souvenir” filmed shortly before the doors opened at a recent show in Utrecht’s ultra-modernist Tivoli Vrendenberg concert hall complex.

Expect two hours of Siegal’s wonderfully expressive voice and guitar playing interspersed by his trademark wit and story telling. It’s a night not to be missed.

Here’s what Classic Rock magazine said when they ranked Ian’s latest album #1 in their Annual review of Blues albums. “Britain’s most fascinating bluesman ….. from Eagle Vulture’s dystopian roots-rumble to the heaven-sent soul of Sweet Souvenir, this is the sound of a titan swatting away the competition.”

Lisa Mills 13/11

Southern soul, Americana, gospel and blues - Mississippi native Lisa takes the best of each these genres and utterly transforms them. By taking all those ingredients and adding the occasional dollop of jazz inflection, Mills serves up her own savoury-sweet mix.‘You should all check her out, she has a wonderful voice’ 

Robert Plant‘Lisa Mills is one of Ten Killer Songwriters You Need To Hear Right Now…The many styles of southern music (blues, gospel and R&B) come through in Mills’ powerful delivery’ Jim Hynes, Elmore MagazineRunning 

In association with 22o5 Promotions and Crawley Blues Club

Acoustic Blues weekend with Michael Roach, Eddie Martin & Brooks Williams F 15/ to 17/11

Acoustic Blues Weekend with Brooks Williams, Eddie Martin and Michael Roach all appearing in concert on F 15/11 . YouTube clip by Graham Hutton filmed at the Hawth May '18 with Hans Theessink

The programme will offer classes starting on Friday from 1pm to 5pm followed by a staff concert at 8pm. On Saturday, classes will run from 10am to 5pm followed by an evening jam session from 8pm to midnight for ‘participants only’. On Sunday, classes will run from 10am to 3pm. The classes will cater for all levels of ability and we recommend you bring along a portable recorder for future reference. The tutors for the ‘Acoustic Blues Weekend’ are Eddie Martin (harmonica), Brooks Williams (bottleneck slide guitar), Michael Roach (country blues guitar).

Spikedrivers F 13/11

Firm favourites at Crawley Blues whose infectious rhythms will set your feet tapping. YouTube clip filmed by Graham Hutton at the club.

 One of the most original, innovative and exciting bands around, their combination of gutsy slide guitar, rock-solid bass, infectious grooves and highly distinctive vocals, creates a sound that is uniquely their own. A journey, from southern juke-joints and lazy front porches to the huge open spaces of dust bowls and railroad tracks disappearing into the distance.‘If you have not seen them you simply must!’ Blues in Britain

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.

Our Recent Work

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.