Entry Requirements: 18+ after 7pm
Dave Kelly is known as Britain's finest blues slide guitarist, as well as being an excellent vocalist.
He is joint lead singer in The Blues Band of which he was a founder member with Paul Jones. Dave Kelly and Paul Jones have also been touring with acoustic duo tours over the past 20 years. Dave does similar tours with Scottish soul queen, Maggie Bell. This year, he will work again with his old friend Christine Collister with whom he toured with a six piece band in the early 2000’s.
Dave’s professional career has scanned over 50 years and he has worked with many of his heroes: As well as Hooker, House and Wolf he has played with Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Freddie King, Lowell Fulson, The Allman Brothers Band, Bill Payne and James Burton.
Dave Kelly, founder member of The Blues Band with Paul Jones, Hughie Flint & Tom McGuinness thirty five years ago. When The Blues Band started back in 1979 Dave was already a seasoned blues artist with a reputation across the world. In the early sixties he started performing acoustic, mostly Mississippi style blues, in folk clubs. His first performance was a floor spot at The Half Moon Putney in 1964 - a session run by Gerry Lockran, Cliff Aungier & Royd Rivers. In 1966 he went to the USA and played at Gerde's Folk City in New York where he was invited to join three bands – but declined - wonder who they were ! On returning from the States he joined The John Dummer Blues Band as lead vocalist and guitarist. It was with The Dummer Band that he made two UK tours backing John Lee Hooker and one with Howlin Wolf also played with Freddie King. After leaving the JDBB late in '69 he went back to solo performing and toured and recorded with the legendary Eddie 'Son' House. Since then he has recorded a TV show with, and backed in concert, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells as well as continuing to tour with The Blues Band He won the British Blues Awards acoustic artist of the year for five consecutive years and so is kicked up to the House of Lords and not entered any more. The Blues Band continue to tour. More recently he has toured in acoustic duos/trios with Paul Jones, Maggie Bell, Long John Baldry as well as regular tours with Christine Collister and The Travelling Gentlemen In late 2012 Dave released, on Hypertension Records, a new album entitled: Dave Kelly - Family and Friends. Featuring tracks with various family and friends recorded over the past 45 years. Guest include: Jo-Anne Kelly, Eric Bibb, Long John Baldry, Maggie Bell, Chris Barber, Jona Lewie, Christine Collister, Chuck Leavell, Paul Jones, Howlin Wolf amongst others. July 2013 he played solo at The Vancouver Island Music festival, whilst there was invited to play onstage with Albert Lee & James Burton. As they left the stage James Burton put his arm around Dave and said "Dave - man - I love your voice". Coming from Elvis' guitarist and musical director, Dave took this as an enormous complement.
Footage from Vancouver Island Music Festival:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrxRnyWT5Tg Two More Bottles of Wine
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zGEVIWpQns Dock of the Bay