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Bare Faced Blues

Sunday, 4th October 2015

Written By Andy Gunton

Since the tragic fire at St Michael’s Hospice in July of this year, there have been many fund raising events arranged to help the Hospice in this time of need. The community spirit shown by local people has been fantastic, with many varied ideas helping to raise those much needed funds.

Hot on the heels of those events is the second coming for Bare Faced Blues. As the name suggests, Bare Faced Blues is predominantly a Blues based gig, but with other musical styles thrown in for good measure.

In 2014 Bare Faced Blues took place over two weekends, and very good it was too, helping to raise over £800 for St Michael’s Hospice. This year organiser and promoter Barry Taylor is settling for just the one gig, which takes place on Sunday 4th October at the Gecko Bar right on the seafront in St Leonards. As with last year entry will be free, but donations will be taken for the Hospice. The event will run from 1.30 until approximately 8pm.

Bare Faced Blues will be headlined by Black Sheep, who recently released a new album with the wonderful title “Life on Marsh”. It’s been getting some great reviews in Blues based magazines and understandably so.

Other acts scheduled to appear are Roger Hubbard, Blues Plus, Mick Bolton and Pete O’Donnell, and Eddy Odel, who will also be acting as compere for the afternoon.

But the main attraction for many will be the special guest appearance of Pete Brown, a recent arrival to the Hastings area.

For the uninitiated, Pete Brown started out as a Poet in the 1960’s, something he still does to this day. But he is probably best known for his work with the band Cream, once again in the 60’s. Pete Brown co-wrote several of Cream’s most well known songs, usually with bassist Jack Bruce. Those songs included “I Feel Free”, “Sunshine of Your Love”, “White Room” and “Politician”.

Pete Brown, apart from being a poet and lyric writer, is also a well respected musician. My spies tell me that he last played in Hastings way back in 1972, when he appeared with the legendary Graham Bond on the Pier. So it will be great to welcome him back to the local live scene and in sight of Hastings Pier too.

It is hoped that Pete Brown will be accompanied on the day by Malcolm Bruce, the son of Cream’s Jack Bruce. That would be quite something to see and well worth putting a few quid in the St Michael’s Hospice donation buckets for I think.

So get along to Bare Faced Blues on Sunday 4th October, support your local Hospice and see some great music as well.

To find out more about Pete Brown, see his website at:

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