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Blues Band, Kasabian and Buddy Holly & Roy Orbison tributes at the Assembly Hall

THERE’S non-stop entertainment at Melksham Assembly Hall, with a whole host of musical acts coming up this week.

This Thursday 6th December, The Blues Band take to the stage to entertain the crowds.

Formed in 1979 by five seasoned musicians, The Blues Band are celebrating 39 glorious years as Britain and Europe’s leading exponents of one of the greatest musical traditions of all time. 

It began back then with a phone call by Paul Jones, actor, singer, musician and radio presenter, no stranger to the pop charts throughout the 1960s as front man for the hugely successful Manfred Mann. With his fellow Manfred Tom McGuinness, they brought in legendary slide guitar man and singer Dave Kelly, who brought along a talented fellow musician, bassist Gary Fletcher. With the addition of Tom’s chart-topping partner from McGuinness Flint, drummer Hughie Flint, (ex-John Mayall’s Blues Breakers), that first line-up stormed the post-punk music scene, and contrary to their expectations, they soon left the pub scene behind for an international career playing the music they loved. After two and a half years, Hughie Flint left due to the pressures of touring. His place was admirably filled by another fine drummer, Rob Townsend, a member of one of Britain’s most eclectic, legendary outfits, Family.

The rest, as the saying goes, is history. But what history. TV, films, a stadium tour with Dire Straits, over 20 albums, within a few years the Blues Band’s deep, well-tended roots had brought them the status of lasting legends. 

What’s on offer is always the same; a stunning menu of original compositions and blues classics, all delivered with passion, knowledge, love of the genre and entertaining showmanship. Other blues groups come and go, but it takes something special to achieve the iconic prestige enjoyed by The Blues Band. If you want to know what 39 years of skill and devotion sound like, here’s your chance – if you love the blues, it doesn’t get any better than The Blues Band.

The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £25.

This Saturday 8th December, Kazabian, the UK’s official Kasabian tribute act – arrive at the Assembly Hall.

Known as one of the best tribute acts on the circuit, their likeness to the original band has earned them a legion of fans, including Tom Meighan himself, the lead singer of Kasabian, who said, “I’ve been keeping tabs on them for ages, they’re frightening, they’re so good.”

Tickets are available from www.skiddle.com at £10 or available on the door at £15. Doors and the bar open at 8pm.

On Sunday 9th December, performers Darren Page and Marc Robinson, bring their show ‘Through the Decades with Buddy Holly & Roy Orbison’ to the Assembly Hall.

With their individual careers dedicated to Orbison and Holly respectively, Darren and Marc have performed all over Britain and around the world. Now they come together to bring you an uplifting two-hour show that will entertain you with all the hits, but with a few older and more modern tracks thrown in too. The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £18.

All tickets are available from the Assembly Hall on 709887, Melksham TIC in Church Street or visit www. melkshamtown .co.uk/ assembly hall.

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