Not Only But Also The Blues: Joanna Cooke – Bad Knees Blue Band – Rhythm Doctors

Not Only But Also The Blues: Joanna Cooke - Bad Knees Blue Band - Rhythm Doctors

Monday 30 August 2021
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


Book tickets here – £10 or £8 or £5  you choose.

Doors and bar open 7pm – music starts 7.30pm prompt-ish!

On the last Monday of every month we feature artists based in the South West from the bluesier end of the musical spectrum. Contact organiser Mary Caffery ( if you’re interested in playing or being part of the jam. For August’s session we have:

Joanna Cooke
Motown legend Martha Reeves put it perfectly, describing Joanna Cooke as “the baby girl singing the blues”.  Joanna’s voice has the soul and power of someone way beyond her years with raw and honest self-penned songs leaving a lasting impression on her audiences.
As well as her own busy schedule of live shows, record releases & international collaborations Joanna has supported major artists such as Martha Reeves, Paloma Faith & Rag’n’Bone Man.

Joined on stage by Nathan Austin on guitar & foot stomp Joanna will bring a performance influenced by soul, blues and Jazz showcasing her signature song-writing sound.

“Prepare yourselves, this is how it’s done…the soulful and epic Joanna Cooke” (BBC Introducing)

The Bad Knees Blues Band
The Bad Knees is a 5-piece band playing a mix of rocking blues classics and original songs. Richard Pickles, veteran blues musician, and his son Jonathan form the hard core of this truly local band.

Rhythm Doctors
The house band ends the night with a jam session welcoming a guest or two to the stage. If you’re interested in playing, please contact organiser Mary Caffery in advance on

Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.

Update: April 2022

  • Face masks: In the Main Hall, on the ground floor, these are recommended at all times, but are optional. Anyone who sits upstairs in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with NO exceptions (not even those who are exempt). This is to allow people who are clinically vulnerable to have a place to sit where seats are naturally separated, so: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask; (b) as virus particles when airborne are generally heavier than air, this helps to mitigate the risk of transmission from people sitting in the balcony to audience members below.
  • The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. Although we have heating, this might mean that the ambient temperature is a little cooler than some might like, and audience members should dress accordingly.
  • Please, if you can, take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and if this is positive, don’t come. These tests aim to pick up anyone who is infectious at the moment of testing, so please take the test as late as possible on the same day before coming to the Arts Centre. If you test positive, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the start of the event, by emailing