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THE BLUES BAND
Paul Jones – Dave Kelly – Tom McGuinness – Ron Townsend – Gary Fletcher
Many of the Blues Band’s 21st century fans weren’t even born when these five virtuosos, already music industry veterans, decided to fly in the face of musical fashion in 1979 and form a band ‘just to play the blues’. No one could have predicted that, 37 years on, they’d still be dazzling audiences with their showmanship and virtuosity.
The individual members of The Blues Band were already held in admiration by generations of rhythm & blues fans when they formed back in 1979. Almost two and a half decades and over 16 albums later they continue to add to their growing army of followers. The band are today acknowledged throughout Europe and beyond as being amongst the very finest purveyors of rhythm & blues.
Radio 2’s Paul Jones has devoted much of a creative career spanning almost 40 years to this eternal, inspiring form – the very base and roots of rock & roll. Dave Kelly, with his late, great sister, Jo-Ann, introduced a whole generation to the works of Memphis Minnie, Son House, Robert Johnson and Mississippi Fred McDowell. The blues bit Tom McGuinness in the late ’50s and has never let go – the same sharp, tight grip which still holds Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher within its spell. So here they are, as enthusiastic as ever – Britain’s finest, most skilled practitioners in the art of the blues – The Blues Band.