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Paul Jones’ Charity Night with Sam Kelly’s Station House

by Sam Kelly on January 20th, 2013

At Cranleigh Arts Centre on 17th/18th December 2012, Bluesman and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Paul Jones, held his annual Christmas Charity Benefit.   Sam Kelly’s Station House were invited to form the House Band with Sam Kelly (Drums), Paul Jobson (Musical Director/Keyboards), Spy Austin (Bass), Jerome Marcus (Percussion), Tony Qunta (Guitar) and Dudley Ross (Guitar).  Invited guests were Imelda May, Chris Barber, Andy Fairweather Low, Mike Sanchez, Debbie Giles, Steve Brookes and surprise guest, Robben Ford.  Paul Jones is patron of the Charity which, over the years, has brought many artists to this event such as Eric Clapton, Pee Wee Ellis, Guy Tortura and Papa George.  Both days were a “sell out” and raised over £1,600 for Cranleigh Arts Centre and ‘Make A Wish Foundation’.
All artists gave memorable and exciting performances.  The evening started with a short set by Steve Brookes accompanied by Paul Jones on harmonica.  Then followed Robben Ford, who was coincidently in town on a promotional tour.  He performed two great tracks –  ‘Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky’ and ‘Bird’s Nest Bound’ from his forthcoming album ‘Bringing It Back Home’ to be released on 18th February.   Next was the lovely Imelda May,  hitting the stage with her brand of rockabilly including ‘Big Bad Handsome Man’, great versions of ‘Spoonful’ and ‘Rollin’ & Tumblin’, ending with ‘Santa Claus Is Back In Town’.
Mike Sanchez provided a blast of goodtime rock ‘n’ roll from Jerry Lee Lewis to stompin’ Howlin’ Wolf rootsy blues. The finale of the evening had all the artists join in a rousing version of ‘Merry Christmas Baby’.
Day Two brought out the dulcet tones of Debbie Giles with her version of ‘Help The Poor’, ‘Iny Weeny Bit’ and ‘Little By Little’.
The announcement of Chris Barber was a surprise favourite with the audience.  He provided an injection of dixieland with tracks as ‘Weeping Willow’, ‘I’ll Be Rested’ and ‘Music From The Land Of Dreams’ taken from his album ‘Memories Of A Road Trip’.
Andy Fairweather Low graced the stage with an acoustic version of the Amen Corner classic  ‘Half As Nice’ setting the audience into full voice before inviting the band back on stage for ‘Wide Eyed & Legless’ and ‘Gin House’. Chris Barber is invited to join in a medley ‘Lay Your Burdon Down/Will The Circle Be Unbroken’. The evening ended with a finale of ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ and an encore of ‘Let The Good Times Roll’.
Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Paul Jones for putting together two successful nights of musical entertainment for the audience, the participants and the beneficiaries.

DAY ONE – With Robben Ford and Paul Jones:

 

 

With Imelda May:

 

 

 

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