Blues Band return to Weston

PUBLISHED: 10:57 18 May 2011

The Blues Band

The Blues Band


BRITAIN’S finest, liveliest, most skilled practitioners in the art of the blues music will perform at Weston’s Playhouse next month.

The fabulous five-piece Blues Band return to the theatre by popular demand following several successful shows at the venue including its 25th Anniversary Celebration Tour in 2004.

These masters of rhythm and blues music initially got together in 1979 to play the music they love in a few pubs and earn themselves some ‘beer money’.

However, such was the demand that those pub gigs turned out to become a 30+ year commitment with the band still playing and touring regularly together.

During this time they have recorded eighteen albums/cds and appeared at numerous venues and festival across Europe and even had their Blues Band EP, featuring the songs Maggie’s Farm, Ain’t It Tuff, Diddy Wah Diddy and Back Door Man, enter the UK Singles Pop Charts.

Paul Jones needs little introduction and his voice still rings out at a thousand discos when the 60s section comes up.

The former front man of the chart-topping 1960s UK band Manfred Man enjoyed numerous hits including 5-4-3-2-1, Do Wah Diddy and Pretty Flamingo.

Fellow Manfred Man musician Tom McGuiness played bass guitar for the 60s supergroup before going on to achieve success with his band McGuiness Flint. Tom, who has worked as a TV producer/director, an author and a composer, is a highly respected guitarist.

They are joined by Dave Kelly who has played sideman to both Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker. The talented singer/songwriter and blues bottleneck guitarist was part of the John Dummer Blues Band and brother to the late, great blues singer, Jo Ann Kelly.

The Blues Band line-up is completed by Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher, both Blues players of considerable experience and renown.

The band arrives at The Playhouse on June 9 at 7.30pm.

Tickets, priced £17.50-£18.50, are available from the box office on 01934 64 55 44, or online at

• The Mercury has teamed up with The Playhouse to offer three lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show.

To enter the competition, simply answer the following question: Which band was Paul Jones the front man for in the 1960s?

Send your answer on a postcard, along with your name, address and telephone number, to: Blues Band competition, Weston Mercury, 32 Waterloo Street, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1LW, by 9am on May 20. Alternatively, log on to to enter.

Usual Archant rules apply and the editor’s decision is final.

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