Turn Up For Recovery - in support of Eric Clapton’s charity - Crossroads Centre
Alan Darby + Les Davidson + Mike Wilton + Tony O'Malley + Ravi Holy
Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
We launch our Independent Venue Week with a fundraising event for Melia Clapton's charitable movement, Turn Up For Recovery, presented by Lisa Climie and featuring a wealth of top musicians
This fundraising concert features-
Alan Darby + Les Davidson + Mike Wilton + Tony O'Malley + Ravi Holy, and further special guests tba.
Alan Darby – Guitarist /Singer/Songwriter Alan is one of Britain’s top blues artists, and session guitarists. He appeared at this years Crossroads Guitar Festival with Eric Clapton as well as previous years.
Alan supported Chess recording blues star Otis Span when he was 16. He has also spent a lot of his career playing with top artists eg;- Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Robert Palmer, Queen, plus appearances with Paul McCarney, Sting, Elton John, Mark Knopfler, Rod Stewart, Burt Bacharach, Etc.
Alan has also extensively written for film and TV and has had songs covered by amongst others, Bonnie Raitt. He has just completed a solo album which could be described as ‘ambient blues’, almost filmic in places. Album guests include Bonnie Raitt, Paul Jones, Paul Carrack, Beth Neilson Chapman, Ringo Star, Peter Frampton, Lulu, Joey Landreth, etc. Alan has also recently performed with Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt at the 2019 Crossroads Festival in Dallas.
This is a clip of Alan talking at Guitar Centre at the Festival this year re what it takes to be a successful guitarist https://www.instagram.com/p/B2zt3roBmL7/utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
*Les Davidison – Guitarist/Singer/Composer * Les has been a member of both East of Eden and Sniff ’n’ the Tears, and has also worked as a session player/sideman for Rumer, Laura Mvula, Joan Armatrading, Mick Taylor, Donovan, Pete Townsend, Eric Bibb/Labi Siffre/Paul Rogers, Leo Sayer, Tina Turner and Bill Wyman, to name but a few.
Les has been in the music business for over 30 years. He’s worked extensively in studios across the world and has been on countless world tours.
He's also worked in West End shows, written music for TV, radio and viral media, and currently runs a commercial studio in Hoxton, London.
Mike Wilton – Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Mike Wilton is best known as the frontman of East Sussex/Kent band The Standard Lamps. The Standard Lamps supported Roger Daltrey and Wilko Johnson at the Shepards Bush Empire in 2014, supported The Who on their 2014 and 2017 UK tours (including at Hyde Park) as well as supporting The Bluetones on their 2015/2016 UK tour. The band enjoys a strong local following that continues to grow up and down the UK.
Mike released new album 'Imaginary Friend' in May 2018, while The Standard Lamps take a short break.
Mike can also be seen playing with Mark Morriss, Simon Townshend and David Mumford.
As well as producing The Standard Lamps' two records (Sell Everything You Own in 2014 and Long Lost Love in 2016), Mike has recently produced Brighton band Tenderhooks' North Star album.
Tony O'Malley is a stalwart of the British music scene, best known perhaps as a founder member of the soul band Kokomo.
Kokomo wowed audiences in the 1970s with their 'saxy' brand of soul-funk. They recorded three albums, touring the UK, Europe and America in their own right and supporting The Average White Band on several tours. Bob Dylan even invited them to New York to work with him on his album 'Desire'. They eventually split in 1982, but Tony had been working hard long before Kokomo, and still continues touring, writing and guesting with many great working musicians.
Tony went on to develop a unique jazz/funk style as a solo performer, performing regularly at Ronnie Scott's and the 606 Club in Chelsea. He's recorded seven solo albums, and is well known on the international live music circuit. He regularly works with the cream of British musicians, including Andy Newmark and Neil Hubbard.
Ravi Holy is a now a regular at Lonestar comedy clubs throughout Kent and always goes down a storm with our customers. Book him, sit back and enjoy. Ian Stewart (Promoter of Lonestar Comedy)
Ravi Holy has done many gigs for me at music festivals, posh wine bars and a seaside music venue/pub. He has stormed it every time. Every type of audience has loved him. Up there with my favourites. Nessie Ward (Promoter of Wine Gums Comedy Nights, Cambridge)
I booked Ravi because I knew he would add something different to the night. He succeeded so spectacularly that I took several minutes to reset the atmosphere of the room after he came off stage to make it easier for the next act. Excellent, hilariously funny, can’t wait to have him back! Al Cowie (Promoter of LLaugh Comedy at the Ram Brewery, Wandsworth)
I love comedy and was privileged to work with some of the greatest comedians on television from the 70s to the 90s. So discovering Ravi Holy was a special delight as he not only makes one laugh but also makes one think. It intensifies the pleasure because his performance strikes a chord and lingers in the memory. Annie Rosenberg (Publicity Officer for BBC TV Light Entertainment 1972-1994)*
In 2016, I found myself on the judging panel for a stand-up competition. Before it started, I saw a vicar wandering around. I thought he might be in the wrong place, and was surprised to discover he was one of the contestants. I was even more surprised when he turned out to be brilliant and ended up winning the competition hands down. Everything was there. Ravi Holy has imagination, social comment, well-structured gags and a charming stage persona. Plus he has a brilliant name. Oliver Double (Lecturer in Stand-Up Comedy at the University of Kent and author of Getting the Joke: The Inner Workings of Stand-Up Comedy)