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Tring Blues & Beer Festival – Sunday

Tring Blues & Beer Festival – Sunday

Date: Jun 26 | Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Price:

Online advance ticket sales are now closed for Sunday, but you can get tickets at the door.

4 Days of Live Music and 40 Cask Ales.

Sadly, the last day of our Festival with a

The New Stompers

Chez Chesterman leads the New Stompers on trumpet and vocals with Jim Douglas on Jazz guitar, Mick Pointon on trombone, George Dawson on reeds, Roger Coughey on bass and Bill Finch on drums.

Chez is a left handed cornettist and started touring with the New Stompers in 1999. He has played for a number of other top bands and has appeared with his band on a number of BBC radio shows including Terry Wogan and Jimmy Young.

The new stompers also comprise Bill Finch on drums, Roger Curphey on double bass, Mike Pointon on trombone and vocals, George Dawson on clarinet and soprano sax, Jim Douglas on Banjo and of course Chez on Cornet and Vocals. Blues Bar regulars will have seen Chez guest with ShufflePack on many occasions.

Here’s Chez playing with his Jazz band.

Giles Hedley and the Aviators


Giles Hedley and The Aviators are a funky, danceable roots-blues quartet steeped in Delta and early Chicago blues. Earthy slide, lead and steel guitars, a unique harmonica style, a passionate, Wolf-style voice, adventurous bass and drums right up front in the mix create the unmistakeable Aviators sound – quite unlike other British blues bands.

With Giles singing and adding slide guitars and harmonica, amazing French blues discovery Christophe Pélissié on lead guitar, Sam Kelly of Blues in Britain’s Hall of Fame on drums, and jazz musician, writer and producer Richard Sadler on upright and guitar basses, dazzling rhythmic interplay is a key feature.

But the mood of the song always come first! This band is not about tedious displays of technique – it’s about communicating true blues feeling.

Featured three times on Paul Jones’s BBC Radio blues show, repeatedly at UK and French blues festivals and at countless blues venues over the last thirty years, Giles Hedley is rightly described by Blues in Britain magazine, as a mainstay of British blues.

Sample Giles Hedley & The Aviators here:

Mick Clarke Band

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Mick has become an established name on the international touring scene. Praised for his fiery “straight from the wood” guitar sound, he has appeared on numerous festivals with artists such as Robert Cray, Johnny Winter and Rory Gallagher, and recent shows have included festival appearances in Italy, Belgium and India. Mick has released sixteen solo albums so far.

Mick began his career with KILLING FLOOR part of the British blues boom of the late 60s. The band backed Texas blues guitar star Freddie King and toured with legends Howlin’ Wolf and Otis Spann. Two albums were released which have achieved cult status around the world. Killing Floor has recently reformed for recording and tour projects, and recent live work included a performance at Sweden Rock Festival 2012.

In the mid 70s Mick co-formed SALT a powerful blues-rock act who were a big hit on the London scene playing regularly at the Marquee and other top venues. The band played at the Reading Festival and also opened for Muddy Waters at two major London concerts. SALT has also reformed for occasional re-union tours.

THE MICK CLARKE BAND originally started working around the London area in the early 80s, but quickly received offers of work from mainland Europe and the United States. Early festival appearances such as the Belgium R&B Festival in Peer confirmed their appeal for continental audiences, while the US tours established a world wide reputation for the band.

Mick’s first solo album “Looking For Trouble” came out on the Italian label Appaloosa in the early 80s and sold well. More albums quickly followed including “West Coast Connection” recorded in Portland, Oregon with local musicians. Later releases were on the German label Taxim, including the classic “No Compromise”. “Live in Luxembourg” was Mick’s first live album, recorded in 2002 at the “Big Blues” in Luxembourg, and the 2007 “Solid Ground” contains thirteen original blues rock compositions. The new “Ruff’n’Roar” was recorded live at Scratchers in Farncombe, Surrey, 52 minutes of raw 3-piece blues and boogie.

“The Rambunctious Blues Experiment” was recorded at Mick’s home studio in Surrey, “Rockfold” and features Mick with Russell Chaney on drums and Dangerous Dave Newman on harp. “Ramdango”,”Crazy Blues” and 2015’s “Shake It Up” were also recorded at Rockfold, but by Mick alone, on a variety of instruments – real drums!

Recent tours have included appearances at the Baden Blues Festival in Switzerland, “Blues Express” Luxembourg, “Rock at Sea” in Stockholm, Sweden, “Seven Nights to Blues” in France and the Bragdoya Blues Festival in Norway. In 2005 Mick headlined the Saturday night at the Great British R&B Festival in Colne, England as part of the British Blues All Stars, also featuring Kim Simmonds and Maggie Bell. In 2014 the Mick Clarke Band headlined the “Simply The Blues” Festivals in Mumbai and Bangalore, India.

In the U.S.A. Mick has appeared with artists such as Johnny Winter, Canned Heat, Foghat and C.J.Chenier. The Southern California Blues Society called him “One of the finest blues players to come out of England”.

The Mick Clarke Band will feature Mick with Chris Sharley on drums, Eddie Masters on bass and Dave Lennox on keyboards.

Listen to them here:

Tring Brewery Marquee, Pound Meadow
Station Road
Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 5NG