Monday 29 November 2021
7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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 (email@example.com) if you’re interested in playing or being part of the jam.
For November’s session we have:
The last-Monday-of-the-monthly blues session at the Arts Centre hosted by Mary Caffrey and her house band, the Rhythm Doctors, this month featuring:
Rush Hour brings you blues with the soul and groove to make you move. Four seasoned performers will take you on a journey from raw emotion to rockin’ good times, with an eclectic mix of hidden gems.
More at rush-hour-band.co.uk
Independent blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Adam Sweet released his second studio album ‘Sink or Swim’ in September 2020. It marks Adam’s evolution into a fully-fledged blues rock artist, cementing his own unique blend of blue-eyed blues and soulful southern rock. With honest tales of loss, longing, hope and strength in the face of adversity ‘Sink or Swim’ reflects the struggles we all face in these most uncertain and fragile times.
Adam’s timeless sound has been strengthened on this record by new band members Ian Jennings on bass and Garry Kroll on drums. Recorded with producer Josiah J Manning at Momentum Studios, Plymouth, the album captures the raw energy and excitement of the band whilst always serving the richly detailed songwriting. With brooding ballads and rollicking rootsy rock ‘Sink or Swim’ will see him continue to carve out his own territory between classic rock, blues and Americana.
The new album has received extensive radio play spending two months in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Top 40 chart and was listed in the Top 3 Breakthrough Albums of 2020 by ‘Get Ready To ROCK’ and included in the Best Americana Albums of 2020 by Dutch music blogger ‘Slim Chance’.
More at adamsweetmusic.com
It’s been mentioned by some friendly neighbours that these blues nights are consistently louder than any of the other gigs at the Arts Centre – and last time there were a couple of complaints. As we have to keep the windows open during these Covid days, it’s unavoidable that our neighbours can hear more of what happens on stage than they might like. So we’ve decided that after 10pm, we’re going to keep the volume level right down, avoiding heavy bass and loud guitars, and leaving out the drums. We have lots of neighbours who live very nearby, and we’d like to keep everyone as happy as possible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pandemic policies. This information will be updated as things change.
Thu 14 October: some minor changes below to make clearer, and adding a request to take a Lateral Flow Test before coming to an event at the Arts Centre
Mon 19 July: We will continue with everything listed below, which have been in place since 17 May. We have added a new protocol for sitting in the balcony, making face masks compulsory there:
- As levels of Covid infections are increasing again in this area (on 14 October), we request that everyone take a Lateral Flow test before coming to the Arts Centre, and that you don’t come if this is positive. In this case, a refund or transfer of your ticket to another event can be arranged, if you let us know before the end of the event, by emailing email@example.com.
- The windows and doors of the venue will be open, allowing fresh air to be constantly moving through. This may mean that the ambient temperature is similar to outdoors, and audience members should dress accordingly. From October, when necessary, we are switching on the electric heaters in the main hall, even though the windows are open. This makes the central part of the hall warmer. The seats at the sides under the balcony don’t get as much benefit from this.
- We recommend wearing face masks whenever inside the building. We particularly ask everyone to wear a mask when in the bar area, unless medically exempt; and…
- Anyone who sits in the balcony MUST wear a face mask – with no exceptions. This is: (a) to provide a place for people who want to be as distanced as possible from others, and with anyone nearby wearing a mask – the seats in the balcony are naturally separated; and (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.
- Hand sanitiser will be available as well as soap and water in the toilets; please use these frequently.
- Bar service at the Arts Centre is carried out by volunteers. If enough are available, they will take orders at your seat, and bring drinks to you. Otherwise, you can order drinks at the bar, one person at each end of the bar at a time, and take them immediately to your seat.
- All members of the audience should wear a facemask while indoors, except if medically exempt, or when eating or drinking. Our experience is that this is one of the things most important for making some (perhaps more vulnerable) members of the audience feel safe to attend concerts. Whatever your opinion of the efficacy of facemasks in preventing the spread of the virus, please help to reassure others, and showing that you’re thinking of them, by complying with this.
- There are posters inside the building showing the QR code that’s connected to the NHS Track and Trace app – please use this. We will also keep a record of all ticket buyers for the required period, and pass this on to the NHS or Devon Public Health if requested.