Sam Kelly’s Station House
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SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE has been featuring on the U.K. music scene for many years. Originating from London’s “Station Tavern” in the early nineties, Station House was formed from the concept of an all-black blues band, mixing instinctive funk/soul rhythms with the diversity of the blues.
Founder members Sam Kelly, TJ Johnson and Dave Clark were joined by lead singer, Root Jackson. The Band held a monthly residency at the Station Tavern for more than a decade, performing with artists such as Chaka Khan and Taka Boom. When the venue closed down, Sam Kelly took over the running of the band and, together with some changes in personnel, SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE evolved.
Fast forward to 2009 when Sam re-launched the Band boasting a new line up of SAM KELLY (drums/bvs), PAUL JOBSON (M.D./keys/vocals), RICHARD SADLER (bass), TONY QUNTA (guitar/vocals) and JEROME MARCUS (percussion/bvs). This format continues to work at venues and festivals all over the U.K. and in Europe.
Fans across the World have waited more than ten years for news of a new SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE album. The band are actively working on this now together with special guest, Rowena Poole on vocals. The release date is scheduled for early 2017. Packed with a range of covers and funky blues tracks, this new album also acknowledges the great works of TW Henderson incorporating a selection of tracks from “The Wilderness Years” album. One of the most powerful tracks entitled “Black & White” has been captured on video:
During 2016, SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE will be performing at The Top Secret Blues Festival in Scarborough, The Grainstore Brewery Beer Festival and Blues on The Farm Festival in Chichester. They have formed the House Band for Paul Jones’ Charity Events at Cranleigh Arts Centre on two occasions now, performing in 2012 with Paul Jones, Imelda May, Robben Ford, Chris Barber, Andy Fairweather Low, Mike Sanchez and in 2015 with Paul Jones, Bernie Marsden, Laurence Jones, Reuben Richards, Noel McCalla, Katie Bradley & Dudley Ross, Kyla Brox & Danny Blomeley, Debbie Giles, Charlie Wood.
In 2013/2014 members of SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE worked with Zigaboo Modeliste on his UK and European tour dates and with Chicago Beau at Jazzwoche Burghausen 2013.
SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE is a “groove” band with dancing very much in mind. Their musical catalogue includes Johnny Guitar Watson, Keb Mo, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Gary Moore, Stevie Wonder, Little Feat, to name but a few. Their unique sound is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz, calypso, reggae and British funk. With three ‘lead’ singers supported by percussionist and internationally acclaimed drummer, the result is an eclectic fusion of music with its roots firmly based in the blues.
Sam’s playing career started in the early 1970’s with funk pioneers “Cymande”, working and recording successfully in the U.S.A. between 1971-1974. His self-taught style of drumming has placed Sam in the drumseat with Cymande, Dr. John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Floyd, Robert Plant, Roger Chapman, Michelle Shocked and the late, great Gary Moore. Sam played drums on Gary’s last R&B album “Bad for you Baby”. Recently Sam has played with Imelda May, Paul Jones, Robben Ford, Andy Fairweather Low, Chris Barber and Mike Sanchez. Sam continues to work all over the U.K. and in many areas of Europe, stamping his brand on all genres of music, from blues to rock, R&B, funk, soul and reggae. With a delicate sensitivity to rhythm and a great understanding of dynamics in music, he has earned the respected position of Musical Director for Soul Britannia. Sam has also been honoured in Blues in Britain’s “Gallery of Greats” after winning ‘UK Drummer of the Year’ for five years running.
Paul Jobson is widely recognised as a versatile, creative and, above all, talented player. He has toured with Big Joe Turner, Mojo Buford and Michael Roach as was recently invited to jam with Larry Graham. He has played alongside Chaka Khan, Taka Boom, Earl Green, Hamish Stewart, Linda Lewis, Pete French, Joss Stone, Barbara Mason and the Emotions. Paul also plays with Dr JJ’s Blues Band, The UK Funk All Stars and Fowokan, as well as running his own band “Cut the Funk”. Paul’s ability and talents are not limited to keyboards alone. He is an accomplished bass player and holds the dep drum seat for Sam Kelly. He recently performed with Imelda May, Paul Jones, Robben Ford, Andy Fairweather Low, Chris Barber, Mike Sanchez and Zigaboo Modeliste. Paul was also part of the “Big Chiefs” supporting Zigaboo Modeliste on his UK/European tour 2013/2014. Amongst his many musical achievements, Paul is M.D. for Station House and during 2010 he had a very successful tour as M.D. for Cymande II.
As a professional musician, with over 20 years in the business, Tony has worked with artists such as ‘Odyssey’, Mervyn Afrika, Cheryl Alleyne, Mamadi Kamara, Kabbala, Grace Kennedy and Johnny Mars. His theatre credits include ‘Dancing In The Streets’, ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’ and ‘Soultrain’. Tony is currently touring the U.K. and overseas with “Soul Sister” following a very successful run of shows in the West End. Over the past few years, Tony has played with Edgar Winter, the Australian no. 1 female vocalist, Kate Ceberano, the award-winning trumpeter and composer, Mark Isham as well as “Chick Corea” drummer, Tom Brechtlein. Tony has also recorded with ex “Direct Drive” vocalist, Helen Rogers and is featured vocalist on Paul Hardcastle’s ‘Jazz Masters’ albums. He recently performed with Imelda May, Paul Jones, Robben Ford, Andy Fairweather Low, Chris Barber and Mike Sanchez and was part of the “Big Chiefs” supporting Zigaboo Modeliste on the UK and European tours.
Richard moved to London in 1989, giving himself five years to succeed or fail as a musician… Since then he played regularly across all genres – jazz, pop, blues…even country! He continues to work as a musician, composer and sound engineer.
He was a founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio and recorded the first three albums and toured extensively with the trio, contributing to the writing and arranging. In 2006, they were presented with a ‘BBC jazz award’ and even made it to ‘Later with Jools Holland’ on the BBC! He has worked as a studio session musician for Ray Davies (Kinks), Paul Weller, Tom Jones. As a jazz musician, he has played and continues to play with many great players.
He has played at the big UK festivals (Glastonbury, The Big Chill, London Jazz Festival etc) and at major venues in UK from Queen Elizabeth Hall to Ronnie Scott’s.
From his origins as a drummer, Jerome brings a percussion connection which enhances the sensitivity and vibrancy of the band’s already contagious groove. As a contemporary percussionist, he has a love and understanding of heartbeat rhythms from Latin, African and other genres in World Music. Jerome’s vast experience includes work with Johnny Mars, Steve Simpson, Steve Waller and the late Irish axeman Rory Gallagher. He has sessioned and performed live with Boz Burrell (Bad Company), guitarist Big Jim Sullivan (Tom Jones/Tiger) and Kevin Scott MacMichael (Cutting Crew). Jerome has also toured alongside Mary Wilson, Wang Chung, Kool & the Gang, Hot Chocolate and Uriah Heep. He recently performed with Imelda May, Paul Jones, Robben Ford, Andy Fairweather Low, Chris Barber, Mike Sanchez and Zigaboo Modeliste.
Photos by Wendy Auld, Roy Cano and Jean-Luc Perrot