Popular local band The Blues Brothers Rhythm & Blues Revue Band will be playing a marquee show at Saffron Walden Cricket Club on Saturday 6th September. Tickets are due to go on sale later this week and the performance is open to all ages.
This performance will be the final act of an exciting Blues and Rock weekend at the cricket club. On Friday 5th September, Remus Down Boulevard will be playing in the marquee. The band consists of Dennis Stratton (Iron Maiden, Praying Mantis, Lionheart), Dave Edwards (Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Rory Gallagher) Martin “Magic” Johnson (Guthrie Govan, The Sweet, Average White Band) and Lol D’ell (Southside Blues Band, Dirty Lions).
These top musicians have agreed to help create a great live music weekend in Saffron Walden and are very kindly playing to boost monies raised charity. More information will be available for the Friday night event over the next week.
The event has been arranged by former band member and former Saffron Walden Cricket Club Chairman Andy Arnold. Says Andy: “I really wanted to try and get the Blues Brothers band to put on a performance this year. I know literally hundreds of people wanted to see then at this year’s carnival. Having spoken with a few local businesses, we realised we could make the gig a reality and I’m so delighted we’ve brought it together”.
The event will raise money for two local beneficiaries – the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund and the Saffron Walden Cricket Club Youth Academy.
Andy said “The Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund is a charity very close to mine and many locals heart. The bands drummer, Bob Linwood, is Ethan’s dad and the charity has some fantastic plans to use raised funds to help young people in our community. And having recently completed my tenure as Saffron Walden Cricket Club Chairman, I am really pleased that the clubs flourishing Youth Academy will also benefit from a donation from the gig”.
Front man Glyn Banks who plays Elwood Blues says “The band is absolutely delighted to be able to play in Saffron Walden once again, keeping up our tradition of playing locally over the last 20-odd years. It’s always a very special night for each of us in the band to gig but will be even more so knowing we are supporting these special charities”.
The band is made up 16 local musicians, 13 of which have played in every Blues Brothers performance. Their set is made up of all of the popular songs from the hit 1980 film The Blues Brothers along with classic soul and blues anthems. They have been playing to Saffron Walden crowds since 1990 and have a reputation for creating a great night out.
Tickets will be on sale from Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre and Wayletts of Thaxted over the next couple of weeks but in the meantime, you are able to pre-register to avoid disappointment by emailing to: [email protected]