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Artists appearing at the Hawth 2018

Classic Clapton Unplugged "Layla"

Saturday 23/6

Acoustic duo Mike Hall and Adam Howells from the World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band will be making a welcome return in June after a gap of four years to perform a rare unplugged concert.This will be their eighth visit to The Hawth. Their show is based on Slowhand's multi-million selling album Eric Clapton/unplugged', his best-selling album ever, winning numerous Grammys and being responsible for his resurgence as a world superstar in the ‘90s.The show will include many of the best tracks from the album including Tears in Heaven, Running on Faith, Old Love and of course Layla. The concert will also feature new acoustic versions of other Clapton classics such as Wonderful Tonight and Lay Down Sally. The whole of Clapton's illustrious career will be covered including Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, Derek & The Dominos and the solo years.

Doug Mac Leod "The night of the devil's road"  

Wednesday 18/7

Doug is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. he is a master raconteur and an evening spent in his company is never to be forgotten. 

At the heart of his performance is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters- from the faceless to the legendary- to strikingly real life.

He was first brought to my attention by none other than Mike Dowling, who told me what a phenomenal performer he is and gave me a copy of his album "Dubb", which I still play regularly.


Doug is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year.

2018 Best Acoustic Album category  Blues Music Awards in Memphis.

Artists @ the Hawth

Mike Dowling-Live from the Dennison Lodge in Wyoming

Mike is recognised by his peers and public alike as a master musician across many guitar styles from bottleneck, fingerpicking, jazz, swing and ragtime to name but a few. I regularly get asked as to when he will return to these shores and all I can say is that we frequently chat and are trying to work something out.

In the meantime sit back with a glass of something and some quality headphones and enjoy Mike in concert promoted by public TV PBS broadcast.

Rory Graham aka Rag n Bone @ Crawley Blues festival 2010

Rory was an unexpected guest when my old mate Bill Footman said that he had sat in with his band Southern Nights a couple of days before and could he sit in. 

Little did I know of for that matter the majority of the audience what a performer was about to take stage and the rest is history.

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Rory Graham with the Hawth Houseband 2010

I had invited my old friend Mike Dowling, Grammy award winner and one of the best guitarists around to put together a band on the nights, comprising the artists appearing at the festival. 

Southern Nights, Mike Dowling, Nigel Bagge, Eddie Armer, Bill Boazman and many more tooke the stage and Rory performed 'Key to the Highway', blues jamming at its best.....enjoy.

Giles Hedley & the Aviators Hawth studio 15/6/17

Giles Hedley and the Aviators, with Sam Kelly drums and Richard Sadler on upright bass. One of the finest exponents of 20's and 30's blues. Regular visitor to the club, wonderful band.

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Doug MacLeod  "Going Down Country"  090914

One of the finest raconteurs in the business, multiple award winner. Doug has played for us many times and this number captures the essence of his style. Attending one of his gigs is like your own personal show in your front room, consummate professional.

Jerron 'Blind Boy' Paxton @ Crawley Blues Club 17/10/16

Jerron was like a throwback to a bygone era of the 20's or 30's and his style was something rarely seen these days. I knew of his prowess as a guitar player, however his repertoire of piano, banjo, fiddle and other instruments was astounding. I look forward to him returning to the Hawth, wonderful performer. 

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Aynsley Lister "Empire State express" 150214

Aynsley is a regular visitor to the club having played for many years around February time. His solo performances are breathtakingly sublime. Here is a performer totally at ease with his surroundings playing to a rapped audience.

Red Butler duo "Old love" 100217

Here the guys were supporting Aynsley Lister and Alex is a great admirer of his playing. This was one of the first duo, electro acoustic that Alex and Dan had played, which complemented the evening perfectly. Later on Alex sat in with Aynsley, what an evening.