Nearly 70, but there’s no slowing the Mann down

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THE year 2012 marks five decades since Manfred Mann formed and became one of the biggest bands of the 1960s – and former frontman Paul Jones returns to Langholm alongside Dave Kelly this month.

Jones and Kelly were both in the Border town last year with the Blues Band, and are back for a national tour as a duo.

Despite reaching 70 years of age next month, Jones shows no signs of winding down his career, continuing to host a rhythm and blues show on BBC Radio 2 as well as performing.

“Music is what we do – some people are greengrocers, we are musicians,” Jones told TheSouthern last year.

After success with Manfred Mann, Jones starred on TV and the stage before teaming up with Kelly to found the Blues Band in 1979, which kickstarted another boom in blues music.

Jones’ achievements should not overshadow Kelly’s career. He played alongside Howlin’ Wolf and John Lee Hooker in their touring bands as well as reportedly playing with blues legend Muddy Waters in New York. A member of The John Dummer Blues Band for three albums, Kelly then joined the Blues Band as guitarist and joint vocalist alongside Jones.

Paul Jones and Dave Kelly perform at the Buccleuch Centre on January 19 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £14.50 or £13 concessions and can be bought be phoning 013873 81196.