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May 28 13

Stompin’ Dave’s Blues 3

by Sam Kelly

May 28 13

Vic Hyland, Sam Kelly and Grant Tunbridge @ Pizza Express, Maidstone

by Sam Kelly

Pizza Express Maidstone

Sunday 30th June 2013

Vic Hyland plays the premier jazz venue

Tickets are £14.50 on the day £12.50 in advance, discount for group bookings

Joined by Sam Kelly – Drums and Grant Tunbridge – Bass

The lunch session starts at 12.30 and the evening session starts at 6.30

The bookings are made by table numbers so let me know how many places you require and which session that you would like to go to and I will organise a table.

This is a great venue and we are looking forward to playing!

Contact Vic on 07976405561 or

Remember although Pizza Express is one of the UK’s premier jazz venues spaces are limited so let me know ASAP ………….. look forward to hearing from you.

May 14 13


by Sam Kelly

Looking forward to performing at St. Albans Blues Club, The Maltings Arts Theatre, St. Albans, AL1 3HL on SATURDAY, 15TH JUNE 2013 preceeded by SAM KELLY’S DRUM WORKSHOP


May 5 13


by Sam Kelly

Gift vouchers now available for Birthdays, Anniversaries and don’t forget – Fathers’ Day (Sunday 16th June)!!! Learning for all ages – from complete beginners to advance level.


May 5 13

FOWOKAN – tour update

by Sam Kelly

Just back from a great short-tour in Germany and France.  Played at Barnaby’s Blues Bar, Braunschweig as part of the Honky Tonk Festival then at Herzog Ernst, Celle.  New venue for us on the way back – Le Kilimanjaro in Dunkirk.   We had a great time – made lots of new friends, sold loads of our new “Shadow of Rasta” CD and our style of reggae got a fantastic reception wherever we played.  I am very proud of all the superb musicians in the band  – JIMMY LINDSAY (lead vocals), PAUL JOBSON (M.D./keys/bvs), SPY AUSTIN (bass/bvs), JEROME MARCUS (percussion/bvs) and, depping for Tony Qunta, MICHAEL ‘LALLY’ CAREY (guitar/bvs) .  Check out the photos below – all captured by the very talented Christine Maass.


Apr 21 13


by Sam Kelly

Had a great time at Burghausen Jazz Festival with Chicago Beau – 16th March 2013.  Here are some photos of us “relaxing” over some fine wine and great food!!

With Spy Austin, Nick Pentelow, Tony Qunta, Chicago Beau and Matt Winch

Chicago Beau

Jan 28 13


by Sam Kelly

For many years, I have been involved in Drum Workshops and Tuitorials.  I have learnt so much during my career as a professional musician and this has made me want to assist, aid and recognise new talent or to help develop existing drum skills.   As you probably know, my way of teaching is not the conventional theory-led process.  I hope to encourage you to “feel” the groove, to gain confidence and, basically, to “go for it”!!  I’ll be there to help!!

Please check out my new page on this website – “Drum Workshops & Tuition”.

Jan 20 13

Paul Jones Charity Night @ Cranleigh Arts Centre: Press Release

by Sam Kelly

From the Surrey Advertiser:

Jan 20 13

Paul Jones’ Charity Night with Sam Kelly’s Station House

by Sam Kelly

At Cranleigh Arts Centre on 17th/18th December 2012, Bluesman and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Paul Jones, held his annual Christmas Charity Benefit.   Sam Kelly’s Station House were invited to form the House Band with Sam Kelly (Drums), Paul Jobson (Musical Director/Keyboards), Spy Austin (Bass), Jerome Marcus (Percussion), Tony Qunta (Guitar) and Dudley Ross (Guitar).  Invited guests were Imelda May, Chris Barber, Andy Fairweather Low, Mike Sanchez, Debbie Giles, Steve Brookes and surprise guest, Robben Ford.  Paul Jones is patron of the Charity which, over the years, has brought many artists to this event such as Eric Clapton, Pee Wee Ellis, Guy Tortura and Papa George.  Both days were a “sell out” and raised over £1,600 for Cranleigh Arts Centre and ‘Make A Wish Foundation’.
All artists gave memorable and exciting performances.  The evening started with a short set by Steve Brookes accompanied by Paul Jones on harmonica.  Then followed Robben Ford, who was coincidently in town on a promotional tour.  He performed two great tracks –  ‘Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky’ and ‘Bird’s Nest Bound’ from his forthcoming album ‘Bringing It Back Home’ to be released on 18th February.   Next was the lovely Imelda May,  hitting the stage with her brand of rockabilly including ‘Big Bad Handsome Man’, great versions of ‘Spoonful’ and ‘Rollin’ & Tumblin’, ending with ‘Santa Claus Is Back In Town’.
Mike Sanchez provided a blast of goodtime rock ‘n’ roll from Jerry Lee Lewis to stompin’ Howlin’ Wolf rootsy blues. The finale of the evening had all the artists join in a rousing version of ‘Merry Christmas Baby’.
Day Two brought out the dulcet tones of Debbie Giles with her version of ‘Help The Poor’, ‘Iny Weeny Bit’ and ‘Little By Little’.
The announcement of Chris Barber was a surprise favourite with the audience.  He provided an injection of dixieland with tracks as ‘Weeping Willow’, ‘I’ll Be Rested’ and ‘Music From The Land Of Dreams’ taken from his album ‘Memories Of A Road Trip’.
Andy Fairweather Low graced the stage with an acoustic version of the Amen Corner classic  ‘Half As Nice’ setting the audience into full voice before inviting the band back on stage for ‘Wide Eyed & Legless’ and ‘Gin House’. Chris Barber is invited to join in a medley ‘Lay Your Burdon Down/Will The Circle Be Unbroken’. The evening ended with a finale of ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ and an encore of ‘Let The Good Times Roll’.
Congratulations and heartfelt thanks to Paul Jones for putting together two successful nights of musical entertainment for the audience, the participants and the beneficiaries.

DAY ONE – With Robben Ford and Paul Jones:



With Imelda May:




Jan 4 13

Gregor Hilden & Herzog Allstars

by Sam Kelly

A new project for the end of 2012 – I was introduced to the highly-respected German guitarist/composer, GREGOR HILDEN, by our dear friend Axel Lanz, proprietor of Herzog Ernst, Celle, Germany.  Axel had a plan to link Gregor with myself, Paul Jobson and Spy Austin to create a “groove” band that would perform a short mini-tour of Christmas gigs from 3rd to 5th December.  We also introduced ROWENA POOLE into the musical mix, bringing with her those fabulous vocals and happy, vibrant stage presence.  So “Gregor Hilden & the Herzog Allstars” band was formed.  We had an opening night sell-out at Herzog Ernst, Celle on Monday 3rd December so a second date was added.  Then again at Music Star, Norderstedt on Wednesday 5th December, thanks to Wolfgang and his team.   We all look forward to performing again throughout 2013 – please contact for further booking/band information.

 ROWENA POOLE (photo by Christine Maas)

If you can understand German, check this out!!! (if you can’t, you will get the gist!!!)