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_MG_2916_a4_signedGiles is, first and foremost, a blues communicator with infectious passion and humour. His big, expressive voice and dazzling harmonica, bottleneck and lap steel playing equip him ideally for the raw Delta and early Chicago blues that he has loved for fifty years.  While respecting the masters – Son House, Kokomo Arnold, Tommy McClennan, The Howlin’ Wolf in particular – Giles and The Aviators are not afraid to add their own flavours, arrangement and songs, creating an intensely physical, groove-based sound quite unlike other British bands.  Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s legendary drummer, called Giles “the funkiest singer I’ve heard in Europe”.

Giles Hedley’s blues career  began in the 1970s, opening for blues greats on tour such as Fred McDowell, Son House and Juke Boy Bonner, and playing clubs and bars in England and Holland, where  his album  Zeldzaam & Zonderling is now a collector’s item.

Since then Giles has been featured guest on Paul Jones’s BBC Radio blues programme three times. Blues in Britain magazine featured Giles on its front cover, with an in-depth interview calling him “a mainstay of the British Blues scene”, and Blues Matters magazine has called him “one of Britain’s foremost roots blues performers”. He plays festivals and clubs – large and small –  in the UK, France and Italy.


For some 20 years Giles has played with The Aviators, three exceptional musicians who share his love of hypnotic groove, quirky rhythmic improvisation and soul.  Sam Kelly, elected to Blues in Britain’s Hall of Fame and regularly their Drummer of the Year, is well-known across Europe for his own blues, funk  and Caribbean bands and as a original member of legendary ’70s funk band Cymande.  Richard Sadler’s track record as funk and jazz bassist, composer and arranger is equally impressive, including international poll-topping albums with Neil Cowley and others.  The band also features Christophe Pélissié, a guitarist whose rare blues feel and imagination, much in demand in his native France, make him a natural “ Aviator”.

Giles also likes to work as a duo with Christophe Pelissie.  They have a musical repertoire covering all the “Aviator” favourites together with some original material from the Band album “So Glad I’m Living” and from Giles’ new acoustic album “Rain is Such a Lonesome Sound”.



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