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Ben Poole (5th November 2021, Photograph by John Finlayson)

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The Venue

Sedgefield Parish Hall is all seated and we cater for 90-120 people (COVID dependant). Note, we advise buying tickets as soon as possible because our gigs can sell out early, however, we do have a first come first served reserve list. Find the venue using What 3 Words.

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2022 Gigs

  • Friday 28th January: Crow Black Chicken + Reece Hillis

  • Friday 18th March: Malone Sibun + Bad Bob Bates

  • Friday 22nd April: Trevor Sewell + Teresa Watson Band

  • Friday 20th May: Brave Rival + support Buy tickets £15

  • Friday 19th August: Alex Hamilton Band + support Buy tickets £15

  • Friday 2nd September: Five Points Gang + DC Blues Band Buy tickets £15

  • Saturday 22nd October: Blues Caravan Tour 2022 Buy tickets £15

  • Saturday 19th November: Corky Laing plays Mountain + Gary Grainger Buy tickets £15

  • Friday 16th December: TBC Tickets Coming Soon

Note: the club is run entirely by volunteers so we may not always get back to you immediately. Thank you in advance.

Next Gig-Friday 20th May 2022

Friday 20th May 2022

Brave Rival

Brave Rival are the South East’s brand-new rip-roaring rock and blues machine. Hailing from Portsmouth, the UK Blues Award Nominated band features the powerful and beautiful twin vocals of Chloe Josephine and Lindsey Bonnick. On lead guitar, providing dramatic guitar solos and crunching rock riffs is Ed “The Shred” Clarke. And holding it all together is the rhythmic backbone, the self-proclaimed engine room of Billy Dedman (bass) and Donna Peters (drums).

Drawing influence from the likes of John Mayer, Aretha Franklin, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and Tedeschi Trucks, Brave Rival offer a style and sound that you’ve always known, and yet never heard before.

Brave Rival are a band on a meteoric rise, firing on all cylinders and are about to take the world by storm. Their unique combination of beautifully harmonic, soulful vocals, epic guitar solos, pounding drums and powerful bass serves up an infectious sound that is not to be missed.

"a great mix of style and harmony...poetry in motion...absolutely superb. Was it a good gig? Yes, it was excellent" Blues In Britain Magazine

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Friday 28th January 2022

Crow Black Chicken

Crow Black Chicken is a three-piece blues-rock band from Cork and Clonmel, Ireland composed of Christy O'Hanlon, Stephen McGrath and Gev Barrett. Described as 'The hardest working band in Ireland', Crow Black Chicken has continued to build a following now known as the 'Crow Black Chicken Army'.

Reece Hillis

While traveling across the UK he picked up a nomination for The British Blues Awards young artist of the year in 2014 and has since been featured in sought after magazines such as Blues Matters, all the while supporting acts ranging from Chris Farlowe to the Human Leauge. In late 2018 he was played twice on the Iain Anderson show on BBC Radio, and has been continuing to hone his craft with every performance and each song he writes.

Friday 18th March 2022

Malone Sibun

Two forces of nature join together for a musical experience not to be missed. Together the two stellar musicisans promise a powerful mix of rock, blues, soul and funk all underpinned by Malone's soulful song driven quality and triggered by Sibun's high levels of intensity and his inherent melodic feel.

Bad Bob Bates

A regular on the North East scene and a man with many band influences, Bad Bob Bates will bring his Americana, dirty blues, rock, folk, contemporary originals and covers to Sedgefield.

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Friday 22nd April 2022

The Trevor Sewell Band


Winner of 9 major awards in the U.S.A and 4 times nominated in the British Blues Awards.

Trevor Sewell is a British Guitarist/Vocalist and Hollywood (HMMA) Award Winning Artist who has been widely associated with the current 'New Wave of British Blues'. It's always great to have Trevor back at Sedgefield.

Teresa Watson band

Featuring the very talented lead singer Teresa Watson. Well known in the North East of England pub and club scenes, she gave up singing after twenty years to recharge her batteries.

Unfortunately this forced retirement as such lasted six years but now she is back with a vengeance.

Certainly a very good combination, a very professional band with very slick and intricate tones.

Friday 19th August 2022

Alex Hamilton band

Twenty eight year old Alex Hamilton (formerly Lewis Hamilton) has been part of the British Blues/Rock scene for over ten years. Gaining notoriety on the back of being a talented young guitarist with skills beyond his age, he has since matured and developed a tasteful and subtle guitar technique that has been compared to Robben Ford and Matt Scofield. His debut album at the age of 18 won the Scottish New Music Award in 2011 and his subsequent albums have all been nominated for awards including the British Blues Awards, several years running.

With multiple award winning albums, a strong fanbase, growing online presence, endorsements form some notable manufactures and continuous radio play across the world Alex Hamilton's music is starting to be heard.

Friday 2nd September 2022

Five Points Gang

2022 UK Blues Federation "Best Emerging Artist" nominees Five Points Gang is a London based blues trio. They blend brand new original material with smokin' hot classic blues. The band has hugely diverse influences, which breathes new life into the blues genre.

Their debut album, WANTED, released on Lunaria Records in October 2021, has received enormous critical acclaim (Blues From The Ouse "Album Of The Year") due to great songwriting, exceptional musicianship and its fresh perspective on blues.

The Gang are best known for their dynamic live performances, leaving audiences exhausted and somehow screaming for more.

Five Points Gang is a truly international band - in the words of one reviewer, "A Welshman, a Frenchman, and Brazilian walk in to a bar... and blow the place apart!"

DC Blues Band

Hailing from the mighty Ouse Delta in the heart of North Yorkshire. 2022 marks 10 years since the band formed, there have been several name changes and band members along the way but they have now settled on a killer line-up that is starting to get noticed. Here's what Blues Matters had to say about them....

"Tight band, great chemistry and just musicians having fun. What else do you need?"
"This is what live music is all about, magic moments that you can't get in any other medium"
"Tremendous quality that really couldn't be bettered for style and substance" - Colin Campbell - Blues matters
Saturday 22nd October 2022

Blues Caravan Tour

Seventeen years since Ruf Records first had the brainwave of a showcase tour, the Blues Caravan concept remains unchanged and unbeaten. Three rising stars from the roster of Europe’s most respected boutique record label. Three live sets that run the gamut of emotion and genre. And as the finale each night, the mother of all live jams, with all three performers cutting loose together – and inviting the audience to do the same.

Nobody sounds like Katie Henry. The singer–songwriter darting between microphone, piano and Gibson SG, alighting on genres that include rock, roots, R&B, soul, funk and pop. You might catch flashes of a young Bonnie Raitt in Katie’s Blues Caravan performance, but with her raw charisma, heart– on–sleeve songcraft and jam chops hard–won on the NYC circuit, this is one artist earning a reputation on her own terms.“ Music has always been about freedom and expression for me, and when audiences leave my show feeling expressed and more connected to themselves and each other, I know I’ve done my job.”

Will Jacobs is a modern blues/R&B/soul artist from Chicago, Illinois, USA. At 28 years old, he is best known for his powerful live performances.

Whether he’s playing clubs/festivals, performing with other world-class musicians, doing sessions or composing, Will always looks forward to sharing his passion for music with his audience. In 2022, the Blues Caravan audience can look forward to another Blues music talent who’s guitar will rock the stages.

Through her many years of living and touring in the United States, Brussels native Ghalia Volt has been able to soak up the grooves and vibes of the blues like few Europeans before her. The singer and guitarist made her first big splash fronting the New Orleans–based outfit Mama’s Boys; she solidified her reputation as an exceptional talent with her 2019 Billboard Charting release Mississippi Blend working with legends like grammy–nominated Cedric Burnside. Early 2021, she released her One Woman Band album, recorded at the prestigious Royal Studios in Memphis, another Billboard Charting record showing her multi–instrumentalist skills playing drums, slide guitars and singing simultaneously.

Saturday 19th November 2022

Corky Laing plays Mountain

CORKY LAING (CAN) is a drummer, songwriter, singer and a raconteur. He is best known as the drummer of the legendary bands Mountain (1969-) and West, Bruce & Laing (1973-75). Mountain toured and recorded on and off until 2010.

Since 2015 Corky has been touring the world celebrating the musical legacy of Mountain. A 50th Anniversary of the Mississippi Queen Cowbell World Tour was supposed to start in the USA in the Spring of 2020, but that has been postponed due to the global pandemic. Corky, Mark Mikel (vocals, bass & keyboards), and Richie Scarlet (guitar) were very disappointed. During the pandemic, Corky has been able to play a few shows here and there. The during-pandemic band includes Richie Scarlet (guitar and keyboards) and Joe Venti (bass and vocals.)

Sitting in with K2 (Peter Baron, Ken Sidotti & Joe Venti), a band saluting the music of Mountain, for a couple of gigs in 2014 and 2015 reminded Corky how much he loved playing the Mountain repertoire the way to was originally recorded, and the idea for Corky Laing's Mountain was born. The band has frequently toured Europe, the UK and North America.

Gary Grainger

Many people know Gary Grainger as the British Blues Award winning and multi nominated host of The Blues Show on BishopFM.

Blues have held their place in Gary’s heart and he currently presents an eclectic mix of Blues and Americana at pubs, clubs and festivals around the UK.

Gary’s current acoustic set includes a mixture of traditional & modern blues tunes and also includes songs not so much from left field, rather from the West Coast – of the USA. Gary features songs by bands such as Little Feat, Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers - & ZZ Top.

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