Tuesday, 2 April 2013

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Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2013 2:08 PM
The Ealing Club Community Interest Company is dedicated to highlighting and promoting the Rock and Blues Heritage of Ealing Borough while helping to inspire new opportunities for LIVE MUSIC 
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In February 2013, the inaugural Ealing Film and Music Valentine Festival included a number of events with participation from the Ealing Club. This included three great nights of LIVE MUSIC at the Birthplace of British Rhythm and Blues and a presentation by Harry Shapiro at the University of West London. 

LIVE MUSIC featuring John O'Leary and Alan Glen accompanied by a wealth of talent celebrated the contribution of the great Cyril Davies who helped kickstart the British Rhythm and Blues Boom in 1962. Notable performances also included the Red Room Sessions performing The Ealing Songbook (UWL students) with the Geoff Garbow Blues band and the Ali Mac Band. Photos and youtube footage can be found here.
As part of the festival LIVE MUSIC was included at the Questors Theatre in the form of the Raga Jam that brought the Blues into contact with musicians from different backgrounds including West Africa, Asia and of course those influenced by the Mississipi, Chicago and the Uxbridge Road…….yep the Uxbridge Road of West London has played it's part especially when helping move the blues into the realms of Rock Music.

Ealing – The Cradle of Rock Music Exhibition
An exhibition featuring posters and key photographs connecting Ealing with the beginnings of Rock music was set up at the University of West London. Kindly sponsored by Marshall Amplification who provided key equipment such as the Bluesbreaker Combo amp and The Marshall stack. Such guitar speakers were developed by
Jim Marshall who  catered for the needs of local musicians and then built a brand that became synonymous with the world of Rock Music. 

The UWL St Mary's Rd Campus, the former home of Ealing Tech whose corridors and classrooms inspired the likes of Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood and Freddie Mercury hosted a special exhibition highlighting some of the area's connections with the beginnings of British Rock Music. Key contributors and those influenced by the scene that emerged from Ealing and West London can be found on the programme Blues Britannia Currently on BBC I Player.

The Tribute To Cyril Davies @The Ealing Club led by Harmonica Players John O'Leary and Alan Glen - Feb 2013


2012 saw the return of LIVE MUSIC in a local venue that should be brimming with guitars and drums throughout the week. A visit from Charlie Watts and an end of year gig from Simon Townshend (Pete's brother) helped reaffirm what the great John Mayall declared yet again in Classic Blues magazine in Oct 2012…….Ealing is obviously the foundation and starting point of everything"


Pictured Above: Left Simon Townshend (Dec2012) & Centre: Charlie Watts (March 2012) Right: The Ealing Club spirit accompanies Tommy Hare & his Slim Pickins who will be playing The First Hanwell Hootie Music Festival on April 6th 2013

Jim Marshall – The Father of Loud
On 6th April 2013 there will be a special celebration to celebrate the contribution of Jim Marshall who passed away last year. He of course led the development of the legendary amplifiers that would become the favourite amp of choice amongst rock musicians. Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix were just some of the names that used the sound of Marshall to power their recordings and live performances that continue to influence so many young bands across the world. 
A special commemorative plaque will be unveiled to highlight Marshall Amplification's beginnings in a small shop in Hanwell.


The First Hanwell Hootie Music Festival!
To accompany this moment the Ealing Club CIC has been working with Hanwell Traders to help set up a new and unique music festival for West London. A selection of local and up and coming bands will be bringing LIVE MUSIC back to the smallest local venues. More details on the First Hanwell Hootie Music Festival can be found at


"It's a simple story, really. A handful of brash British youths needed a new sound for a new kind of music. They marched into a music store in their blue collar town and asked the gentleman behind the counter to build them an amplifier with leg-shaking power and jaw dropping tone. So he did"

The words of Rich Maloof writer of Jim Marshall The Father of Loud.

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1 comment:

Del said...

I guess that a lot of Cuckooites knew of this club and probably attended it but my interest was in jazz and I spent my time at clubs up West.