Ealing Blues Festival boasts some of the biggest names in blues based rock

Image above: Ealing Blues Festival’s main stage, Alexis Korner (guitar) and Cyril Davies (mic)

This year’s festival will be “one of the best ever” say organisers

The 2022 Ealing Blues Festival will be one of the best ever, says founder and artistic director Robert Salmons. The highlight is expected to be a tribute to Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies and the birth of British blues in Ealing 60 years ago.

The founding of Britain’s first dedicated electric blues club, The Ealing Blues Club, in 1962 was to be the catalyst which sparked the Blues boom of the ’60s and subsequently British Rock Music. Mojo Magazine has described Ealing as: ‘The Cradle of British Rock Music’. 

The festival will see a rare London appearance by guitar player and Game of Thrones actor Wilko Johnson, who first came to prominence with Dr Feelgood, the English pub rock band formed in 1971. 

The Ealing Blues Festival, which started in 1987 to celebrate this heritage, is now London’s longest running Blues Festival. Founder Robert Salmons (who performs under the name Robert Hokum) was honoured earlier this year with a UK Blues Award for his work in promoting live music and Ealing’s music heritage.

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Robert said:

“There have been many memorable moments over the years and I’m sure we’re going to see more of them this year.

“The festival started as a community event, a bit of fun for a few local bands, but it’s grown to become one of the best-attended blues gigs in the UK.

“This year it brings to Walpole Park some of the UK’s biggest names in blues-based rock and roots music, from established performers such as Chris Jagger and Dr Feelgood’s Wilko Johnson to Emma Wilson, who’s just been voted Emerging Blues Artist of 2022.”

You can buy tickets here: Ealing Blues Festival

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