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Dave Ball's Ballbreakers et al

Saturday 1 March 2008 • The Boston Arms 'Dome', London

Henry Scott-Irvine invites you to a fantastic Blues celebration on 1 March
at The Boston Arms 'Dome', upstairs on Dartmouth Park Hill Road
opposite Tufnell Park underground station London N19

The gig was scheduled for The Marquee, where Henry's last Procol-related promotion was held, but owing to the sudden demolition notice served upon that venue the Dome has been chosen for his Cyril Davies Tribute.

'Cyril Davies All Stars' were the first UK band to play real American blues music live in the UK! He was also the first white musician to play Muddy Waters music in Britain, and one of the first to record his material on disc. Without him and his work, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Cream, The Pretty Things and so on might not come into being. Many of these guys learnt their craft from Cyril Davies.

There has never been a tribute to him until now! Many of his band members are going to reform for one day only along with special guests, including Procol Harum's Dave Ball.

Tickets are £12.50, admitting entrants to the shows in the evening, which will start at doors open 7.30 for 8.00 pm.

Henry will be screening Cyricl Davies All Stars as seen on TV featuring Long John Baldry from 1962/63: eleven unseen songs from UK TV archives plus a rare screening of Simon Heyworth's documentary Living with the Blues about Cyril and his many line-ups, which has not been seen anywhere since the 1980s. This features many of the people that Cyril Davies played with, including Geoff Bradford and Danny Thompson in performance, alongside former All-Stars bandmates.

There will then be performances from former Marquee ‘House Poet’ Pete Brown (Cream, Jack Bruce, Battered Ornaments, Piblokto! [and soon to be Procol lyricist]) and his band, along with special guests John O'Leary (Savoy Brown) - Harmonica & Vocals, Alan Glen (Yardbirds, Nine Below Zero) on harmonica, and Art Themen (Alexis Korner's Blues Inc, and Cyril Davies) on saxes, and special VIP guests yet to be confirmed!

Headline act will be Dave Ball's Ballbreakers, which consists of Sam Kelly on drums (, Spy on bass, Richard Simmons on keyboards and of course Dave Ball (Procol Harum, Long John Baldry and Bedlam) on guitar.

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Booking from £12.50 plus ten percent booking fee
Check out BBC Radio London / Robert Elms Show from Monday 18 February 12.40 til 1pm, on which Henry plugs the above. Use

If anyone's still unaware of Dave Ball, he played with Long John Baldry, Procol Harum and Bedlam – among other bands. When he played with Long John Baldry as guitarist he explored his life long love of ‘The Blues’. In 1971 he replaced Robin Trower as Procol Harum’s lead guitarist. During November 1971 he recorded Procol Harum Live In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The album went on to become a Billboard #5 album stateside, spawning the worldwide hit Conquistador, which went to a UK singles chart position of #16. World tours followed. During 1972 Dave then began recording Procol’s Grand Hotel. Although unaccredited, the album still retains much of his unique guitar work. After leaving Procol Dave formed Bedlam and last played at the Marquee Club when it was in Wardour Street, Soho, in 1973/74. Other acts followed including a brief stint with Australian Art Rocker outfit Duffo – a Beggars Banquet signing from the late 70s. Dave played guitar with Duffo at Edinburgh’s Tiffany’s Nightclub in1978 where he delivered a blistering version of McArthur Park! His rhythm section includes Sam Kelly, legendary Soul/Funk/Blues drummer from Cymande, Linda Lewis, Desmond Dekker, Dr John, Chaka Khan and so on (voted 'Blues Drummer of the year' five times) and his bandmate SPY on bass.

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