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Ray Dorset, aka Mungo Jerry, visits his roots at Ealing Blues Festival 2017

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Ray Dorset, aka Mungo Jerry, visits his roots at Ealing Blues Festival 2017

To celebrate its 30th year, 2017’s Ealing Blues Festival is welcoming two very special headliners – The Blockheads and Mungo Jerry.

The iconic Mungo Jerry, aka Ray Dorset, is particularly looking forward to this date because of many happy memories of Ealing, including the legendary Blues Club, its baths, and The Who…

“Although I was born in, and lived in Ashford, Middlesex, after taking the thirteen plus exam I went to Southall Grammar Tech. school, the swimming lessons took place at Ealing Baths, when I was fifteen me and my band, then named the Conchords got a regular Sunday night gig at the White Hart, Southall and quite a lot of the punters came from Ealing. At that time the Jim Marshall music store was in Hanwell, the guys and myself were regular visitors and when the store moved to Ealing we seemed to visit the store even more. We actually went to a drum clinic that was held there featuring Ed Thigpin, the West Side Story drummer.

“I got very friendly with some people that were based in West Ealing and I used to often travel to and from West Ealing tube station.

“Eventually, when my band changed its name to The Tramps we got several gigs at the legendary Ealing Club and among others I saw The Who perform there on the original Ealing Club stage.

“Terrific memories and I am very much looking forward to the festival, I wonder if any of my old schoolmates will show up?”

For any old schoolmates, and for fans of all ages, Ray and Mungo Jerry appear at the Ealing Blues Festival on Sunday 23rd July.

Tickets available here:- www.ticketline.co.uk/ealing-summer-festivals#tour

Founded in 30 years ago and still going strong, Ealing Blues Festival is held in Walpole Park, Ealing, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July. Music runs from between 12.00pm – 10.30pm across three stages.

The Ealing Club was the legendary meeting place of The Rolling Stones and where, in 1962, Alexis Korner & Cyril Davies started the country’s first dedicated electric Blues Club. It was this that famously gave birth to British rock music as we know it today.

Advance tickets are £5 + booking fees (day) and £10 + booking fees (weekend), while day tickets will be available at £10 (or £7 if you arrive before 3pm) and weekend tickets at £12 on the day – Ealing Blues Festival aims to provide the best value of any event of its kind.

The prices, as well as its location in a well-managed urban park, also make the event very family-friendly.

The main stage is set within an open sided circus tent providing shade from both the sun and the rain.and there is the usual wide selection of food stalls and a large bar area.

Sat 22 July Headline – The Blockheads.

The observational and witty lyrics of their late frontman, Ian Dury, have much in common with those of many of the great blues singers. 2017 is the 40th anniversary of the release of the album ‘New Boots and Panties’. These are the musicians who played on such iconic songs as, ‘Hit Me with Your Rhythm Stick, Reasons To Be Cheerful, Sex and Drugs and Rock’n’Roll’.

Ealing Blues will be their largest London show this summer. http://www.theblockheads.com/

Sun 23 July Headline – Mungo Jerry. 

Musically rooted in the blues, jugband and skiffle traditions, their 1970 hit ‘In The Summertime’ is the 4th highest selling single of all time and is still featured in films and adverts to this day.

Band frontman and founder, Ray Dorset, is from nearby Ashford and has fond memories of the local venues he played in his formative years – The Ealing Club, The White Hart Southall, and The Red Lion Brentford. He has said that he sees this gig as a ‘homecoming’ for him. https://www.mungojerry.com/

The Ealing Blues Festival has always championed and supported young and emerging Blues talent, and in 2017 also features:

Winnie & The Rockettes – http://winnieand.wixsite.com/therockettes
Georgie Chapple – http://www.georgiechapplemusic.com/
Du Bellows – http://www.dubellows.com/
Andy Twyman – http://www.andytwyman.com/
Tom Walker – http://www.tomwalkerofficial.com/

The Ealing Blues Festival also presents the best of the ‘backbone’ of the British blues scene:

Steve Morrison – finalist in the 2016 Sky Arts Guitar Star series – http://www.stevemorrison.eu
Amy Mayes – featured by Jools Holland, he described her as, ‘A wonderful woman with a wonderful voice’. – http://www.amymayes.co.uk
Tim Aves – finalist British Blues Awards 2016 – Blues Broadcaster of The Year – http://www.timwolfpack.moonfruit.com

  • guitarist Jules Fothergill – finalist British Blues Awards 2016 – guitarist of the year
  • singer Lorna Fothergill – finalist British Blues Awards 2016 – female vocalist of the year
  • bassist Ian Mauricio – finalist British Blues Awards 2016 – bassist of the year
    drummer Hayden Doyle – finalist British Blues Awards 2016 – drummer of the year

Laura Holland – finalist British Blues Awards 2016 – emerging artist of the year – http://www.laurahollandband.co.uk
Sam Kelly – 5 times winner of Blues In Britain’s UK Drummer of the year. http://www.sam-kelly.co.uk

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