Boogie-woogie in Rolling Hills

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Rolling Hills Folk Club welcomes “the finest British example of piano blues” (Paul Jones, Radio 2) to Darnick on Friday, June 19.

The Bob Hall Show, featuring Hall on piano and vocals, and Hilary Blythe on bass and vocals, is next up on the club’s stage.

Critically acknowledged as Britain’s finest blues and boogie pianist, Hall’s distinctive and original piano style has influenced generations of piano players and left a lasting legacy.

He first came to fame in the rhythm ‘�n’� blues explosion of the Sixties, as a founder member of The Groundhogs and later Savoy Brown. Other blues stars he played and recorded with at that time included Alexis Korner, Peter Green (in the Sunflower Blues Band) and Spencer Davis.

From 1966 to 1985 Bob was an accompanist to a host of touring bluesmen including: John Lee Hooker, Howlin� Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Witherspoon, Chuck Berry, Homesick James, Lightnin� Slim, Lowell Fulsom, Charlie Musselwhite, Snooky Prior, J B Hutto, Lazy Lester and Baby Boy Warren.

In the 1970s and 80s Bob led headlining bands Tramp and Rocket 88, whose sidemen included Jack Bruce of Cream, Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones, and Mick Fleetwood and Danny Kirwan of Fleetwood Mac. In 1991 and 1993 he won the British Blues Connection Instrumentalist of the Year award.

Starting in 1991, Bob formed The Bob Hall Show with his long-time partner, Hilary Blythe, whose crystal-clear harmony vocals and rock-steady bass playing underpin all their performances. Her moving treatment of blues and gospel classics are highlights of their show.

Bob and Hilary’s concerts, as well as their self-penned musical shows – Good Liquor!, Hard Times and Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out – have been widely applauded both in the UK and around the world by audiences at festivals, clubs and arts venues.

Their wealth of experience means that they always have an anecdote to share.

The music starts at 8pm at the Smith Memorial Hall. Admission is £6/£5, free for students. Call 0798 6644661.