Brace yourselves for two wonderful Blakes Heaven Gigs...in one day!

GIG #1 - Sunday 24th August @ 3pm:

The Trout Inn, Lechlade, GL7 3HA  

Come and join us in the picturesque village of Lechlade on Thames on the edge of the Cotswolds. We will be playing two sets in the 'beer garden' from 3pm. The first set will have some classic and original swing tunes and the second set will be rammed full of original Nick Blake funk charts. 

Hopefully the sun will be out and you can come and sit by the riverside, sip a pint, grab a hot dog and enjoy Oxfordshires finest Big Band.

Link to Venue

GIG #2 - Sunday 24th August from 6.15pm:

Woodstock Live! Market Place, Woodstock, Oxon, OX20 1SL

Yes, we're playing Woodstock! Come and join us from around 6.15pm-6.30pm onwards in the Market Place of Woodstock for a fun festival atmosphere and some great live music.

We'll be getting people off their seats and dancing in the aisles with a selection of funky, groovy tunes.

Link to Venue

Join us at the 'Nags Head' pub in Abingdon, Oxfordshire on Sunday May 18th from 4.30pm-6.30pm for some Blake's 7 'Mini Band' goodness.

Our 'Mini Band' is a reduced version of the Blake's Heaven full band and offers smaller venues an alternative musical option whilst retaining the original tunes and sound of Blake's Heaven.

GIG Address: The Nags Head, The Bridge, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3HQ (4.30pm-6.30pm)

http://www.thenagsheadonthethames.co.uk/

 The Nags Head, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

The Nags Head, Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Join us at the Shepherds Pub (our home territory!) in Ewelme, Oxfordshire on Sunday May 4th from 5pm -7pm for some Blake's Heaven 'Mini Band' goodness.

Our 'Mini Band' is a reduced version of the Blake's Heaven full band and offers smaller venues an alternative musical option whilst retaining the original tunes and sound of Blake's Heaven.

GIG Address: The Shepherds Hut, The Street, Ewelme OX10 6HQ (5pm-7pm)

http://www.shepherdshutpub.co.uk/

 The Shepherds Hut, Ewelme, Oxfordshire

The Shepherds Hut, Ewelme, Oxfordshire



We had a great time down at Dawkes Music on Saturday April 12th. We performed as part of their National Learn To Play Day celebrations with the idea of encouraging some new players to take up an instrument.

We had a couple of guest members in the band covering for our usual players who had other commitments. Ian Bailey helped out on Alto Sax, Karen Straw on Trumpet and Pete Cater took care of drumming duties. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Ian, Karen and Pete for coming down and putting in a shift for us :)

Take a little peak at Ian & Pete 'giving it some beans' on our "Shake it on down" chart...

Take a look at some pictures from the day, including the 5 Baritone Sax Section for our tune "Chukin' It Down"...

 Ben Greenslade-Stanton mid solo on Trombone

Ben Greenslade-Stanton mid solo on Trombone

 Nick Blake & Pete Cater funking out

Nick Blake & Pete Cater funking out

 5 Baritone Sax Section on our tune "Chuckin' It Down"

5 Baritone Sax Section on our tune "Chuckin' It Down"

 More Baritone Sax action!

More Baritone Sax action!

It's gig time down in Maidenhead at Dawkes Music. We've played at this venue a few times now and it's always been great fun and a packed house. Dawkes provide the gig free to the public so families can come and see the full range of instruments and live music on their doorstep.

This year we're playing as part of the 'National Learn To Play Day' - this is a country-wide scheme run by the charity Music For All and music shops up and down the country offer free music lessons throughout the day. Our good friends at Dawkes also erect a stage and put on some live music to really get people inspired.

The Gig starts at 1pm - please click here for full details - postal address is SL6 8BT

See a video from a past gig we played at Dawkes. This is featuring UK Sax Stars Simon Spillett & Simon Bates, plus a very special guest appearance from US Trumpet great Bobby Shew: