The Music Room - Live!

Friday February 9th

Acoustic Blues with the Julian Piper Trio

Live music from Julian Piper

Since he first became entranced by the music of Lightning Hopkins on an album purchased in Woolworths for 12/6, Devon based guitarist Julian Piper has enjoyed a unique career playing the 'Devil's Music'. Appearances include the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Morgan Freeman's Ground Zero Club in Clarksdale Mississippi, Rosa's in Chicago and just about every major blues festival in the UK and Europe. In 1987 he spent a year in Baton Rouge Louisiana where he was taken under the wing of Rocking Tabby Thomas, performing at his celebrated club the 'Blues Box'. In between times his band Junkyard Angels toured with many American blues artists including Carey and Lurrie Bell, Eddie Kirkland, Lazy Lester and many more, sharing stages with Buddy Guy and Jnr Wells and the Robert Cray Band. Albums on which he played guitar with Lazy Lester and Carey Bell, both received W.C. Handy Awards, the blues equivalent of the Oscars.

His book 'Blues From The Bayou', tales of his Louisiana exploits, has recently been published in America.

Appearing with Julian will be:

- bassist and guitarist Chris Billings, a veteran of work with John James and the legendary Dick Heckstall Smith ex Alexis Korner band,

- and percussionist Lucy Piper, currently appearing in America with Bill and Shy Perry.

An evening of spectacular blues music is guaranteed!

Also appearing will be:

Gareth Hedges

Live music from Gareth Hedges

In the 1960's Gareth was inspired when he heard and subsequently met many of the great American blues and folk performers touring in the UK, even becoming the road manager for several of them, including guitarist Mississippi Fred McDowell, blues pianist Curtis Jones, Old Time banjo player Clarence Ashley, and mandolinist and the founding father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe.

In the late 60's he moved to America, seeking out the musicians he admired, visiting, performing and some times driving for them. Among the many luminaries were Son House, Elizabeth Cotton, Sonny Terry & Brownie MGee, John Lee Hooker, Rev Pearly Brown, Doc Watson and Gary Davis and Gareth enjoyed learning from these masters of Delta, Piedmont and ragtime blues guitar.

With six CD's to his credit Gareth continues to write instrumentals and songs and is currently writing a finger style guitar TAB instruction book of his originals as well as adaptations of Celtic and American folk, blues and vintage jazz tunes. In performance, expect some stories and anecdotes, even a little humour.

And starting the evening off will be:

The New HMC Band

Adrian Shearing (guitar and vocals), Steve Symes (guitar and mandolin), and Trevor Melhuish (bass) will bring you some of their favourite songs from back along.


Venue: The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, EX17 6DF

You can order food at the bar to eat in the restaurant at any time, or in the function room from 7pm.

Doors to the function room open at 7pm. The music starts at 7:30pm.

Bar (so please don't bring your own drinks this time. Thank you.)

Donations: £6+ please (£3 under 18).

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'The Music Room' is Hollocombe Music Club's live music venue featuring top quality musicians from across Devon. These events are on the 2nd Friday of most months, usually in The Waie Inn in Zeal Monachorum or sometimes in Winkleigh Community Centre. Details of forthcoming events are given above and elsewhere on this site, but to be sure you know what's happening when and where, please sign up for our email newsletter.