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Sep 29 13

New project with LISA MARINI

by Sam Kelly

Really excited to be involved in this new recording project with Lisa Marini.  Here we are relaxing at Willow Studios in Harrow with Jerome Marcus, James Reece, Lisa and me.  Watch this space!!!!!


Sep 29 13

Blues in the City Festival

by Sam Kelly

Organised by Nick Garner in and around Essex Venues and supporting the Helen Rollason Charity.  Thank you Nick for all your hard work in putting together a great 4-day event.

Thursday 26th September at New Crawdaddy Club with the “Super Group”: Papa George, Val Cowell, Pete Stroud, Richard Hayes and myself with Nick and Tim Aves guesting on harp and Greg on sax.  Fantastic night!!

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Friday 27th September at Chelmsford Social Club with my SAM KELLY’S BLUES BAND….

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…. and also with SERIOUS BLUES

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Sep 29 13

British Blues Awards 2013

by Sam Kelly

I was very proud to receive “runner-up” in the British Blues Awards 2013 “Drummer” Category.  Here I am being presented with the certificate by Colin Etches from Trent Sound Radio.

with Colin Etches

Colin is going to interview me and showcase my STATION HOUSE band on Friday 6th December from 7 – 10 pm then we perform at “Blues in Farnsfield” on Saturday 7th December.  Also playing at Clowne Rock and Blues Club on Sunday 8th December.


Sep 7 13


by Sam Kelly

Screenshot_2013-08-20-20-21-11I had a great time at Blues Camp again this year.  Next year’s dates have already been fixed – 25th, 26th and 27th July 2014.  It’s in my diary already!!



Sep 6 13

FOWOKAN Summer Tour – Germany 2013

by Sam Kelly

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FOWOKAN had a really successful Summer Tour in Germany, promoting our new CD “Shadow of Rasta” and making new friends.

Our first night (Saturday 27th July) was at a Private Party in Celle.











Sunday 28th – rest day for the Band enjoying some generous hospitality at a Garden Party in Celle.

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Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th July at Herzog Ernst, Celle.  Photo from a collection taken by our good friend, Christine Maass.fowokan celle









Wednesday 31st July at Music Star, Norderstedt – fantastic video put together by Wolfgang and the team.

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Thursday 1st August at Club Am DonnerstagScreenshot_2013-09-07-01-23-43-1 Screenshot_2013-09-07-01-23-22-1


Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd August at Barnaby’s Blues Bar – finding time to BBQ!!

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Sunday 4th August at Street Life Festival, Leverkusen – really great day and a wonderful end to our tour.

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Aug 18 13

Sam Kelly’s Station House & Friends at Ealing Festival 21st July 2013

by Sam Kelly

Sam Kelly’s Station House with Paul Jobson, Spy Austin, Tony Qunta and Jerome Marcus.  With special guests: Lisa Marini – photograph by Wendy Auldlisa ealing wendy

Rowena Poole – photography by Wendy Auld

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Frankie Connolly – photo by CarolAnn Photography

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Jimmy Lindsay – photo by CarolAnn Photography

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Aug 18 13

FOWOKAN @ Blues on the Farm Festival, Chichester 22nd June 2013

by Sam Kelly

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REGGAE!!! At a Blues Festival!!  Thank you Julian and Kathy Moore for inviting FOWOKAN to perform at this year’s festival.  The Crowd loved it – and so did we!!!  Also a great photograph by Ken Anstead – occasionally I make it out from behind the kit to front of stage!!

FOWOKAN @ Blues on the Farm Festival






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Jun 3 13

Nominated for British Blues Award 2013

by Sam Kelly

I’m honoured to be nominated again this year for a British Blues Award – you guessed it – “Drummer” category.  If there was a “gurning” category, I think I’d stand a good chance!!  In the meantime, if you have the time – here’s the voting link With my grateful thanks, always

Jun 3 13

Mad Bad & Dangerous – The Drummers’ Tales Part Two

by Sam Kelly

Second part of my interview with Spike Webb

May 28 13

Interview with Spike Webb – author of “Mad Bad & Dangerous”

by Sam Kelly

I had the priviledge of being interviewed by Spike Webb.  We discussed how I got into the music business, the many great musicians that I have been fortunate to perform with as well as introducing my own bands.  Here is part I – hope you enjoy it.  Part II coming soon.