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May 7 18

Westgarth Drums – new snare

by Sam Kelly

I am thrilled to start using a new 14 x 6.5 Custom snare from Westgarth Drums. 

Here’s the technical stuff:

11 mm shell from maple, walnut, black walnut and wenge

Bearing edge: 45 deg with 4.8 mm round over

10 lug Die Cast hoops

PureSound 20 wire snare

Remo Ambassador Vintage coated heads

Finish: water-based polyurethane lacquer

Many thanks, Nick Westgarth

May 7 18

Sam Kelly’s Station House “No Barricades”

by Sam Kelly

We were thrilled to receive such great feedback from all the crew at Ipswich Community Radio, 105.7 fm:

Ozzie (ex Caroline) “Fantastic CD – all the tunes are on rotation on my show!”

Mrs J-D, The Blues Train Experience “I really can’t get enough of No Barricades”

Webby, Mouthpiece Show “Sam is head and shoulders above the usual band leader, and his band is full of top draw musos.  Can you pick one tune out? No, hence every show since the tracks arrived, I play two at a time!!

A big “thumbs up”, and a “go out and buy”, is the instruction from the leading DJ’s at ICR-FM.

Thank you for all your support, Sam Kelly’s Station House

Feb 5 18


by Sam Kelly

I am really looking forward to bringing my STATION HOUSE band to perform at The Hideaway, 2 Empire Mews, Stanthorpe Road, Streatham, SW16 2BF on THURSDAY 8TH FEBRUARY 2018.   It will be a party night with some very special guests joining us too.  Some tickets still available via this link:

Station House is: Sam Kelly Drummer (drums/bvs), Paul Jobson(MD/keys/vocals), Richard Sadler (bass), Tony Qunta (guitar/vocals), Jerome Marcus (percussion/bvs) and Rowena Poole (vocals).

Sam Kelly’s Station House is a “groove” band with dancing very much in mind. Their musical catalogue includes Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Little Feat, to name but a few. The band’s unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz, calypso, reggae and British funk.



Oct 8 17

SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE – Album promo tour date no 1

by Sam Kelly

Looking forward to this ….

Oct 8 17

SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE – Album promo tour date no 2

by Sam Kelly

Here is the second of our promo events,  showcasing tracks from the new album “No Barricades”


Oct 8 17


by Sam Kelly

Looking forward to this event: 

Oct 8 17


by Sam Kelly

It’s been a long time coming but at last, I am so proud to present to you, the new Sam Kelly’s Station House album entitled “No Barricades”.

I have finally produced my own album “No Barricades”.   One of the most exciting projects that I have ever been involved in and I am massively proud of the finished product.  Special thanks to my band: Paul Jobson, Tony Qunta, Richard Sadler, Jerome Marcus, Rowena Poole and special guest, Christophe Pelissié.  My gratitude also to Christophe Pelissié at Le Studio du Flâneur for his advice, skill and dedication in recording, mixing and mastering the album.         

I have enjoyed more than 40 years as a professional drummer, working on other people’s albums and retaining ideas on the direction and feel of a variety of musical arrangements.   “No Barricades” is my track selection, my arrangement for each musical instrument, my augmentation of the wonderful array of vocal harmonies and my decisions on the style of music.

“No Barricades” is me and my band, Sam Kelly’s Station House.  It is what we do.  No set genre, no limitation on creative instrumentation, no compliance with convention and no restrictions.  This is the nearest you will get to hearing Sam Kelly’s Station House playing “live” but in the studio.  Hope you enjoy the ride.   

Sam Kelly: Musical director, drums, backing vocals

Paul Jobson: Hammond organ, keyboards, piano, lead vocals

Tony Qunta: Guitar, violin, lead vocals

Richard Sadler: Bass, backing vocals

Jerome Marcus: Percussion, mandolin, backing vocals

Rowena Poole: Lead vocals

Christophe Pelissié: Guitar (Mr. Fake, Song for my Father)

Produced, directed and arranged by Sam Kelly with musical creativity from Paul Jobson, Tony Qunta, Richard Sadler, Jerome Marcus and Rowena Poole.  Recorded, mixed and mastered at Le Studio du Flâneur, 76 000 Rouen-Est, France by Christophe Pelissié

Oct 8 17

Bessie Smith Show

by Sam Kelly

I am really enjoying being part of this……. Ma Bessie and her blues troupe, featuring Julia Titus as Ma Bessie with me on drums, Paul Jobson (MD/piano), Richard Sadler (upright bass), Tony Qunta (acoustic guitar), Kevin Davy (trumpet) or Claude Deppa (trumpet) and Chuck Lloyd (saxophone/clarinet). 

Bessie Smith (15th April 1894 – 26th September 1937)

Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues”, Bessie Smith was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and was a major influence on other jazz singers.  This is a narrated show, featuring music from the era and showcasing many of Bessie’s songs. The show chronicles her life from a one-room shack in Blue Goose Hollow, to becoming the highest-paid black entertainer of that time, to the tragic accident on Route 61 in September 1937 that ended her life aged 43 years.

Hope to see you at one of the shows.

Jan 10 17


by Sam Kelly

My grateful thanks to everyone who has taken time out to send in feedback about my drum tuition sessions.  Your continual support is really appreciated.  I love doing drum workshops – either in small groups, at large festivals or for the individual.  It does not matter whether you are a complete beginner or an established musician.  The enjoyment I get from interacting and helping to develop drumming skills is really uplifting.

Dec 31 16


by Sam Kelly