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Jul 27 16

Feature in Rhythm Magazine

by Sam Kelly

I was really pleased to be interviewed by Matt Frost for Rhythm Magazine – five pages’ worth!!!Sam page 2_edited_edited

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Jul 27 16

On-the-Spot Sketching: Cymande

by Sam Kelly

Great sketch by NYT/WSJ-published artist, JOAN CHIVERTON – all beautifully created during the Cymande set at SummerStage, NYCcymande big

Jul 25 16

Cymande return to USA

by Sam Kelly

Had an amazing time in The States with Cymande during June 2016.  Besides the great shows, we were also interviewed by KCRW – a great radio station based in Los Angeles.  Please check out my “Cymande” page under “Bands”on this website for more info and videos.  Here’s a sample………”Crawshay”

Jul 25 16

Reuben James Richards

by Sam Kelly

Had a fantastic gig with Reuben at The Hideaway in Streatham, together with the guys from my Station House band and a 3-man horn section. It was such a great night – more of those coming up throughout 2016!!! Please keep checking the show dates on my website for more details. Reuben’s sound is soul, yes with a capital “S”.  But on this occasion, we couldn’t help but reggae it up a bit!!!

Jul 25 16

New project – TOGETHER AS ONE

by Sam Kelly

From our time in two iconic bands of the ‘70s, Gregg and I have finally realised a long-term plan: to share the stage together with a new sound that draws on Cymande’s ‘calypso’ back beat and the African vibe of Osibisa.  “Together As One” is also Phil Ramacon (Jimmy Cliff, Talk Talk, Keb Mo – keys/vocals), Tony Qunta (Cheryl Alleyne, Imelda May – guitar/vocals), Jerome Marcus (Zigaboo Moedeliste, Imelda May – percussion), Ray Carless (Cymande, Icognito, Jazz Warriors – sax) and for our next up-coming shows, Winston Blissett (Massive Attack – bass).

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Jul 25 16

Cymande return to Le Trianon, Paris

by Sam Kelly

Wow, what a night that was!!! Thursday 23rd May – Le Trianon was sold out.

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Jul 25 16

Cymande @ XJazz Festival, Berlin

by Sam Kelly

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Great night in Berlin with Cymande and new lead singer, Ray Simpson.   He brings something really magic to the stage.  Amazingly we have all known Ray for many years.  When Cymande used to rehearse in the basement of my mum’s home in Crawshay Road back in the ’70s, Ray used to run home from school every day, dump his school bags and hot-foot it round to listen to the rehearsals. Who’d have thought that some forty years later, Ray would be singing all those tunes he heard back then.  Here’s a video from XJazz with Ray singing “Crazy Game” – a track off the new Cymande album “A Simple Act of Faith”

Mar 27 16

PAUL JONES CHRISTMAS CHARITY NIGHT AT CRANLEIGH ARTS CENTRE 14/12/15 AND 15/12/15

by Sam Kelly

I was really pleased to be asked to bring my Station House band to perform again with Paul Jones at his annual Christmas Charity Night in Cranleigh.  My band (MD Paul Jobson, Jerome Marcus, Richard Sadler and Tony Qunta) formed the house band, working on Monday 14th December with Paul Jones, Charlie Wood, Debbie Giles, Bernie Marsden, Dudley Ross, Katie Bradley

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And on Tuesday 15th December with Paul Jones, Kyla Brox, Danny Blomeley, Roger Innis, Laurence Jones, Reuben Richards, Noel McCalla

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Mar 27 16

CYMANDE AT THE FORUM, LONDON 04/12/15

by Sam Kelly

Great night at The Forum, part of Craig Charles Funk and Soul Christmas Party and launch night of the new Cymande album “A Simple Act of Faith”

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Nov 10 15

June, July, August 2015 – tour dates with Debbie Bond & The TruDats (USA)

by Sam Kelly

Had a good time playing for American ‘Alabama blues’ singer songwriter, Debbie Bond who toured in Europe throughout the summer months with her life-partner, Rick Asherton.  Looking forward to more of the same during 2016