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Dec 2 14

Blues Matters Writer’s Poll 2014

by Sam Kelly

THE 2014 RESULTS FOR THE BEST IN BLUES ACROSS THE GLOBE

I am very excited and pleased to have been awarded first place in the Blues Matters Writer’s Poll 2014 “Drummer” section.  What an honour!!  It is nice to know that I’m still playing what people want to hear – long may it continue.  Rest assured –  us older musicians are still hanging in there 😀 I love my job!!

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Oct 25 14

MY NEW CARRERA DRUM KIT

by Sam Kelly

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I am really liking the look and sound of my new Carrera drum kit.  There are very few BRITISH drum makers around – Dave Carrera (Carrera Drums) is one of the finest craftsman that I have had the pleasure of working with.  If you are looking for a drum kit – customised or “off the shelf” in a range of prices – Carrera Drums is the place to go.  Visit the website www.carreradrums.com or email Dave on info@carreradrums.com.

Here’s the tech spec from Dave: For us, as demonstrated in our “Vintage” range, Mahogany based shells was the way and 100% African Mahogany is at the core of this set.  The stunning outer is MACASSAR EBONY with a much sort after “Flame” grain effect and the inside of the shells are finished in Sapele Mahogany, which if you ever get close enough to see the inside of the shells, you will see has a gorgeous natural ribbon effect. The Flamed Ebony outer is finished in our glass like high gloss lacquer and the inside is hand waxed and polished, also I have signed each drum with a personal note to Sam, someone I regard as a good friend.”

Thanks Dave.

Photo by Rob at Freshpack Photo Product Photography

Oct 9 14

CYMANDE PROMO TOUR

by Sam Kelly

Wow – what a crazy three weeks!!  Fantastic shows in Paris, London and Dublin supporting Cymande’s return to the World music scene.  Thank you to everyone who came to support us.   We have Manchester on Friday 10th October.   Next year is looking very exciting!!!!

Meeting up with John Schroeder, the guy who discovered CYMANDE all those years ago!!

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At Le Trianon, Paris – Friday 19th September 2014.  Photos by Daily Laurel

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At KOKO, London – Thursday 25th September 2014.  Photo by Wendy Auld

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Photo by Phil Hotson Photography

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At Sugar Club, Dublin to launch the Guiness Cork Jazz Festival 2014 – Thursday 2nd October 2014

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Sep 13 14

FOWOKAN – great write up in Chichester Observer

by Sam Kelly

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Sep 13 14

Sam Kelly’s Station House playing at Skegness Rock & Blues Festival 2015

by Sam Kelly

On the World Stage – Sunday 25th January 2015 at 20.30 – 21.30

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Sep 13 14

Photos from FOWOKAN European Summer Tour 2014

by Sam Kelly

Fooling around on tour:

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Finishing off a great tour at Earth Music, Wetter, Germany on Saturday 9th August

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At Kammgarn Reggae Festival, Austria on Friday 8th August

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Summer reggae party at Zum Lindenhof – Sunday 3rd August

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FOWOKAN at Festival am See VIII, Norderstedt on Saturday 2nd August

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Street Life Festival, Leverkusen on Friday 1st August – great photo by Gibson Girl Photography

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At Les Terrasses du Jeudi, France on Thursday 31st July

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Sep 13 14

FOWOKAN EUROPEAN SUMMER TOUR 2014

by Sam Kelly

FOWOKAN had a great time in Europe this summer with four Festivals in eight days in France, Germany and Austria.  Looking forward to going back again next year.

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Aug 8 14

CYMANDE – TWO NEW TOUR DATES ADDED

by Sam Kelly

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On 15th July, some of the members of Cymande were interviewed by Robert Elms for BBC London 94.9.  The guys performed an acoustic version of “No Weeping” from our new album “Crazy Game”.  It was great to hear it being played over the radio.  Live Cymande music for the first time in over 40 years!!

We have two more dates added:

Thursday 25th September at Koko, Camden and Friday 10th October at Band on the Wall, Manchester as part of the Craig Charles Show.

Will keep you posted.

Aug 8 14

Another video from the past – Roger Chapman “Boogie Man”

by Sam Kelly

Thank you Klems Klubber, a friend of mine from Leverkusen, Germany.  He found this video of Roger Chapman and the famous “Boogie Man” 1984 at Rhein-Main.  Back in the days when I had hair 😀 I remember the airline lost my baggage so the Promoter had to get a local sports shop to open up – I’m kitted out with a pair of tracksuit trousers and a bright yellow t-shirt!!

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Apr 15 14

“Aviator” photo from the past!!!

by Sam Kelly

Proving I had hair!!!!  Thank you Christophe Pelisse and Pascal for sending me this photo circa 1992 from my first trip to Rouen with Giles Hedley and the Aviators.

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