keep up with blues ace jones

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Two of the very best bluesmen in the business will doing their thing on Thursday, January 29, at The Flowerpot in Derby.

Blues Band, Manfred Mann front-man and BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Paul Jones will be appearing alongside fellow Blues Band member Dave Kelly - a combination of arguably the greatest British blues harp player and bottle-neck player - for what should be an amazing evening of acoustic blues.

These long standing co-vocalists with The Blues Band enjoy the challenge of taking things down a level, simplifying the music a little, and applying their own individual approach to classic songs from the blues giants of the past, adding lots of information to explain the origins of the songs.

Playing with maturity and passion is second nature to them. Paul Jones has devoted much of his creative career spanning almost 40 years to exploring this very base and roots of rock and roll, whilst 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.

Then, on Friday, January 30, there’s a visit to the King Street venue in the city centre by Skinny Molly, followed by a sold-out gig on Saturday, January 31, by One Step Behind with their tribute to those legendary Nutty Boys, Madness.

Finally, Paul Miro is the latest performer at the free Acoustic Wednesdays sessions, held in the bar at the Flowerpot. He can be seen in action on February 4.

Doors open at 8pm for all three gigs. Admission is £15 for Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, and £10 for Skinny Molly.

For more ticket information and details on forthcoming gigs, see www.rawpromo.co.uk