New season boasts blues to suit all tastes

Frank and Eddie at the crossroads.
Frank and Eddie at the crossroads.

This season Crawley’s Hawth is boasting blues to suit all tastes, from intimate studio shows to performances in the theatre.

“Whatever you choose you’ll be entertained by some of the best blues artists in the world today”, says spokeswoman Lorraine McGregor.

“Aynsley Lister is back in the studio for a repeat performance on Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10 at 7.45pm, following his previous sell-out shows at The Hawth. Listed by Guitarist Magazine as one of the world’s greatest blues guitarists, he was one of only a handful of British guitarists to be included.

“On Wednesday, March 7, 7.45pm the Studio takes on a distinctly American sound as Mississippi brothers Eddie and Frank Thomas head to Crawley for the first time to share their stories of home and 30 years working with one another. Armed with only guitar and bass and Southern accents, they take you on an American journey of story and song.

“This performance will be in a cabaret setting, complete with a choice of daily specials and sharing platters from the ArtsCafe and drinks at the tables.

“After welcoming new artists, The Hawth says goodbye to old favourites The Hamsters who perform one last time as part of their 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour on Thursday, March 8 at 7.30pm. Blues lovers must not miss this final time to see the legendary band with special guests John Otway with Richard Holgarth.

“On Saturday, March 10 at 7.45pm, solo artists Amy Wadge and Pete Riley in the Studio.

Amy is widely regarded as one of the UK’s finest female singer/songwriters, blessed with a voice of breathtaking range and emotional impact while her songwriting continues to surpass most of her contemporaries.

“Pete Riley recently returned to the UK after spending ten years touring the States with the iconic American artist Edwin McCain.”

Spikedrivers return to the Studio on Thursday, April 5 at 7.45pm.

“The ever-popular band’s diverse musical backgrounds add North African, gospel, Native American and sixties soul and rock too to influences including Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker and Rev Robert Wilkins to create their totally-unique sound.”