The Original Pokey Hole Blues Club Gig Guide

The Original Pokey Hole Blues Club regular Club Nights are held on the last Friday in every month, at Lichfield Sports Club. From time to time we may have special gigs, open mic or Blues Jam nights and these are usually well publicised on Facebook - for more details, email the club anytime.

FRIDAY 26TH MAY

THE RETURN BY POPULAR DEMAND OF

CRY BABY

AND THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE BOYS

PLUS THE FABULOUS

EMMA JONSON

BOOGIE WOOGIE DUO

FRIDAY 2nd JUNE

The Original Pokey Hole Blues Club, Lichfield in association with

Lichfield Arts

proudly presents the headline blues concert of the

2017

Lichfield Blues & Jazz Festival

with support from the hugely popular

NORTHBOUND ACOUSTIC BLUES BAND

FRIDAY 30th JUNE

IT IS WITH IMMENSE PRIDE THAT WE PRESENT THE SUPERB

BLUES DUO

TOMMY ALLEN & JOHNNY HEWITT

The Blues Duo was born from two charismatic bluesmen's deep rooted passion for the music and soul of the 40's & 50's blues era. So when Tommy Allen and Johnny Hewitt joined together with their individual sounds of killer harp and deep Chicago blues guitar. Tommy Allen has been on the music seen for many years including bands The Sugababes, Mojo Buford, Nicky Moore Blues Corporation and Otis Taylor to name a few. Johnny Hewitt was founder of north west blues band Smokehouse and has also toured with Watermelon Slim.

The Blues Duo are as close as you can get to the real Chicago Maxwell Street sound from the 1940s/50s when musicians such as Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers and Muddy Waters would set up their gear on the street and busk in the market place trying to survive and make their mark in the world . This is where the blues became electrified and the rawness that oozes out to your soul.

Band members:
Tommy Allen – Vocals, Guitar and Drums
Johnny Hewitt – Vocals and Harmonica

FRIDAY 28th JULY

THE SENSATIONAL BLUES LADY FROM ALABAMA

DEBBIE BOND

& RADIATOR RICK

Born in California, her family moved to Europe when Debbie was eight years old. In 1979, Bond moved back to the US and settled in Alabama where she worked with many of the blues masters, sharing her band with the late, great Johnny Shines. Together, they performed at many Southern clubs and festivals from 1981 until his death in 1992. She continued to work alongside great Alabama bluesmen, such as Jerry Boogie McCain, James Peterson, Eddie Kirkland, Sam Lay, Little Jimmy Reed, Willie King and more.

Johnny Shines 72nd birthday party (Joseph Levy)

Inspired by Johnny Shines, Bond co-founded the Alabama Blues Project to promote and preserve the state's blues heritage in 1995.

FRIDAY 25th AUGUST

THE WELCOME RETURN OF THE BRILLIANT

ZOE GREEN BAND

Zoe will need no introduction to those of you who saw her brilliant intense performance last year - the crowd stood, she blew them away....and sold out of her CD's. She loved the Pokey Hole, and the Pokey certainly loves her. Not to be missed.

FRIDAY 29th SEPTEMBER

A brilliant set last year made sure that we would welcome back the

BIG WOLF BAND

FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER

A POKEY HOLE DEBUT FOR ONE OF THE HOTTEST BANDS IN THE COUNTRY

JOHN VERITY

John Verity began his music career in the early 1960's, playing guitar in various local groups around his home town of Bradford, Yorkshire, until he was offered a full time gig with a pro band the ‘Richard Kent Style’. Soon gigging – sometimes twice a night, 7 nights a week all across the UK and Europe, the band became tight in the way that only a hard working band can. By the spring of 1970 the Kent Style had morphed into ‘Tunnel’. Living and working in the US, doing prestigious support slots with many of the big names of the day including Jimi Hendrix (July 5th 1970 – 2 days after JV’s 21st birthday), Mountain, Canned Heat, Savoy Brown, and Janis Joplin. Very soon, Tunnel would morph into the very first John Verity Band, formed in Miami later that year. On his return to England in 1971, John secured a contract with producer Steve Rowland to record his first solo album for ABC Dunhill/Probe records, 'John Verity Band', which was released in the spring of 1973.  Whilst on tour promoting the album, JV was spotted by Rod Argent who was looking for new lead vocalist for his band following the departure of Russ Ballard. John eventually joined Argent late in 1973

FRIDAY 24th NOVEMBER

THEY WENT DOWN A STORM LAST OCTOBER - YOU WANTED THEM BACK, AND WE ALWAYS LISTEN TO OUR MEMBERS..

MELVIN HANCOX BAND

FRIDAY 29th DECEMBER

THE POKEY CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR BASH, WITH WHO ELSE BUT

MAZ MITRENKO

YOU CAN FIND US AT

Lichfield Sports Club, Eastern Avenue, Lichfield

WS13 7SQ

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Small to 5XL

from £10

Pokey Mugs

POKEY MUGS

£5

Baseball Cap

POKEY CAPS

£7

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