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NEWS:

We are very much looking forward to working with “Ma Bessie” (Julia Titus) and celebrating the amazing contribution that Bessie Smith made to the blues.  Nicknamed the “Empress of the Blues” she was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s.  She is often regarded as one of the greatest singers of her era and also had a major influence on jazz singers at that time.


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Check out the official promo

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Cymande video from their recent promo tour in the States – interview and live performance on KCRW.  See other videos on the “Cymande” page:

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SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE – still funkin’ off them bluesSKSH_NEW PIC_11.01.16_Opt 3_Hi Res NO NAME

SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE are working on their eagerly-awaited new album, scheduled for release mid-2017.   Packed with a range of covers and funky blues tracks, this new album combines the musical talents and creativity of MD Paul Jobson (keys/vocals), Tony Qunta (guitar/vocals), Jerome Marcus (percussion/bvs), Richard Sadler (bass/bvs) and  Rowena Poole (vocals), under the production guidance of band leader, Sam Kelly (drums/bvs).   The album also acknowledges the great works of TW Henderson incorporating a selection of tracks from “The Wilderness Years” album.   One of the most powerful tracks entitled “Black & White” has been captured on video:

Fans across the World have waited more than ten years for news of a new SAM KELLY’S STATION HOUSE album.   “No Barricades” portrays the musical vibe and on-stage camaraderie of this established line-up – at times, showcasing the individual talents of each one of these accomplished musicians yet, within a heartbeat, reverting to a tight unit of exciting entertainment.
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FOWOKAN – Shadow of Rasta CD available now on ITunes

Sample tracks from FOWOKAN’S new CD “Shadow of Rasta” featuring some re-worked Cymande classics combined with original material by Jimmy Lindsay.  FOWOKAN is Sam Kelly, Jimmy Lindsay, Paul Jobson, Spy Austin, Tony Qunta and Jerome Marcus.  Engineered and mixed by Lally. Mastered by Gongger complete Music Services.

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CYMANDE interview on Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show  BBC6 Radio – Saturday 30th May 2015 featuring three live tracks “Brothers on the Slide”, No Weeping (from the new album “A Simple Act of Faith”) and “Crawshay”


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CYMANDE’s FIRST SHOW IN FORTY YEARS – AT LE TRIANON, PARIS ON FRIDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER 2014

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 It is with deep sadness that the members of Cymande mark the passing of our much loved producer, John Schroeder, who died on 31st January 2017.  John has been a great friend, and a totally inspirational producer of the band’s music. He was also a fantastic support to Cymande for more than forty years. He will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to his wife Diane and to the rest of his family. Long may his memory live on.   Photo: Cymande’s Mike ‘Bammi’ Rose, John Schroeder,  Patrick Patterson, Steve Scipio and Sam Kelly.

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Cymande  

Date City Venue Country
15/10/17 London The Roundhouse United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Chalk Farm Road. Sharing the bill with TOWER OF POWER
21/10/17 13002 Marseille Fiesta des Suds France
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Dock des Suds, 12 rue Urbain V.
22/10/17 75011 Paris Le Bataclan France
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 50 Boulevard Voltaire.

FOWOKAN  

Date City Venue Country
29/09/17 Shoreham-by-Sea Rope Tackle Arts Centre United Kingdom
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: £12.50. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Little High Street. African Night Fever presents: Reggae Party

Giles Hedley & the Aviators  

Date City Venue Country
02/11/17 Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR The Maltings United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £tbc. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Bridge Square.
11/11/17 Banbury, N.Oxfordshire Brasenose Arms United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Cropredy, OX17 1PW.
24/11/17 London St. Harmonica’s Blues Club United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 6 Cannon Hill.
26/11/17 Herts, SG1 3DW The Red Lion United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 80 High Street, Stevenage.

Ma Bessie  

Date City Venue Country
30/09/17 Hemel Hempstead The Old Town Hall Arts Centre United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 44a High Street.
15/12/17 Maidenhead Norden Farm Centre for the Arts United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £tbc. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Altwood Road.
27/01/18 Dorchester Dorchester Corn Exchange United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: High E Street.

Sam Kelly’s Station House  

Date City Venue Country
30/09/17 Billericay Blues at Barleylands United Kingdom
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: Barleylands Road.
07/10/17 Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 0JY Evershot Village Hall United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: £10. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: The Common.
13/10/17 Barnoldswick Barnoldswick Music & Arts Centre United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 18-22 Rainhall Road.
14/10/17 Redcar, Cleveland Redcar R&B Club United Kingdom
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: The Citz Club, 104 Lord Street. Related post.

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