In Association with Shades of Soul Ltd

The Dave Kelly Band

Founder Member of the Blues Band

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Last Show: Thursday 3 rd November 2022

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

Dave Kelly, London's slide guitar king, having learned his trade in the backing bands of, and recording with, Son House, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells to name but five blues legends, a founder member of The Blues Band, still wowing audiences after nearly 40 years..

Dave Kelly, founder member of The Blues Band with Paul Jones, Hughie Flint & Tom McGuinness thirty five years ago. When The Blues Band started back in 1979 Dave was already a seasoned blues artist with a reputation across the world. In the early sixties he started performing acoustic, mostly Mississippi style blues, in folk clubs. 

On returning from the States he joined The John Dummer Blues Band as lead vocalist and guitarist. It was with The Dummer Band that he made two UK tours backing John Lee Hooker and one with Howlin Wolf also played with Freddie King. After leaving the JDBB late in '69 he went back to solo performing and toured and recorded with the legendary Eddie 'Son' House.

Since then he has also worked with, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells also The Allman Brothers Band as guest, as well as continuing to tour with The Blues Band. He won the British Blues Awards acoustic artist of the year for five consecutive years and so is kicked up to the House of Lords and not entered any more. 

The Blues Band are now making their farewell tour. More recently he has toured in acoustic duos/trios with Paul Jones, Maggie Bell, Long John Baldry as well as regular tours with Christine Collister and The Travelling Gentlemen.

The Dave Kelly Band of course play the blues, but not exclusively, it is also a vehicle for Dave to pursue his other much loved musical formats. The DKB also follow this eclectic formula – blues, soul, country and many of Dave’s own compositions which by definition do not fit into The Blues Band’s repertoire.

Band Line Up

Dave Kelly (guitar)

Pete Emery (lead guitar)

Lou Stonebridge (keys)

Sam Kelly (drums and vocals) 

Homer Kelly-T (bass guitar and vocals)