Third Friday Blues

Giles Hedley and The Aviators + support

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Fri 18 Nov, 20:15

Door time: 20:00



Giles has been singing and playing roots blues, solo and with The Aviators, across the UK and Europe since the sixties, on  acoustic and electric guitars and harmonicas - his trademark is simultaneous nose-and-mouth harmonica playing!  He's a regular on blues festival and club circuits in England and on the continent, and has featured repeatedly on radio in England and France.

Giles's passion is to share the emotion of a blues song.  Critics and audiences say he draws them into the blues feeling - joyous, ribald or sad - like no other. Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's legendary drummer once called him "the funkiest singer I've heard in Europe"! Perhaps that’s why The Times’s critic said “He sings and a whole bar-room is rapt”, and Blues Matters called him “one hell of an entertainer”. The French magazine Blues & Co described a recent set as “ Un moment de pur blues, fait d’émotion et de feeling” – which doesn’t need translating!

Giles's solo work recreates the passion, grit and fire of the delta blues greats - Son House, Fred McDowell (with both of whom Giles appeared in the Seventies), Kokomo Arnold, Robert Johnson. Ragtime and gospel songs keep the variety flowing and showcase his eclectic guitar styles.

His band The Aviators is a funky roots-blues outfit steeped in early Chicago blues. Earthy slide and steel guitars, blistering lead guitar, a passionate, Howlin' Wolf-style voice, adventurous bass and drums right up in the mix - that's the unmistakable Aviators sound, unlike other British blues bands.

Ticket information

Tickets £14, £10.50 members - become a member

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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