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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

SAM KELLY’S DRUM EXPERIENCE

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

by Sam Kelly

Dec 12 16

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year

by Sam Kelly

Sep 18 16

MY NEW STATION HOUSE ALBUM

by Sam Kelly

sam-roy-canoI am thrilled to announce that we are working on a new Station House album.  It has been 10 years since the last one!!  Lots of creative rehearsals going on with the recording scheduled for early November 2016 in Rouen, France.  The album is shaping up really well.  We have the Station House boys – Paul Jobson, Richard Sadler, Tony Qunta and Jerome Marcus plus invited guest, Rowena Poole on lead vocals and harmonies.  I have a few more plans in mind too – watch this space.  Can’t wait!!!  Here’s a taster ………. a very powerful track by TW Henderson entitled “Black & White”

Sep 12 16

BRITISH BLUES AWARDS 2016 – RUNNER UP IN THE DRUMMING CATEGORY

by Sam Kelly

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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!!!