- Due to popular demand, a extra performance has been added at 5pm -
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 also worked with, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells also The Allman Brothers Band as guest, 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 are now making their farewell 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, an 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, for the first time. 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. He has played the Vancouver island Festival twice since then.
The Dave Kelly Band of course play the blues, but not exclusively, it is also a vehicle for Dave to persue his other much loved musical formats. When he and Jo-Anne were kids
( Dave 10 and Jo13) they were a harmony duo being big fans of the Everly Brothers. At the summer holiday camp talent shows they usually won with a mixture of skiffle, country and rock n roll. The DKB also follow this eclectic formula – blues, soul, country and many of Dave’s own compositions which by definition do not fit into The Blues Band’s repertoire.
Since all the above, in December 2015 Hypertension Records of Hamburg have released a double cd, containing 37, previously un-released tracks of solo live performances recorded on various German tours in the late 1980’s, this also contains Dave’s own notes and photos from the tours.
2021 saw Repertoire Records release a triple cd Retrospective set entitled ’40 Year On’. CD One : All My Own Work – a selection of Dave’s own compositions, CD Two : Between The Covers – some of Dave’s favourite songs he has covered in his own style over the years, CD Three : Alive and Kicking – various previously unreleased live tracks from various venues around Europe including the Montreux Jazz Festival. There are 55 tracks, many unreleased.
2022 saw BGO records re-release and re-master Dave’s first two solo albums on Mercury Records from 1968 and 1970 respectively