Not Only But Also The Blues: Slightly Blue, Hotheadz, Rhythm Doctors

Not Only But Also the Blues October 2021 Hotheadz Slightly Blue Rhythm Doctors

Monday 25 October 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 October’s session we have:

Slightly Blue:  classics from Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters with some Bluegrass and ballads. More Below.

Hotheadz: inspired by Dr Feelgood, Nine Below Zero, Eddie and the Hot Rods and Ian Dury, these veterans of the punk era love high-energy blues. More below.

Ends with a jam session with the Rhythm Doctors: this month an unplugged, drumless session to be neighbourhood-friendly in these Covid days of having to keep the windows open. More below.


Slightly Blue: the band writes: “We are a five piece band. Our set list spans right across the Blues genre. From Classic Blues by the greats such as Sonny Boy Williamson and Muddy Waters. We then dip our toe in to Blue Grass before heading into some more lively West coast swing. On the way paying homage to some British Blues gods Ian Siegal and Steve West Weston before quieting it down with some nice ballads. Our Band is made up with Mark double and acoustic bass, Rob on lead guitar and banjo, Ed harmonica and Uke. Ian formally of Edison Lighthouse on Cajon and Buddy fronting the band on vocals.”

“Mick King & Les Miller, Founder members of the Canvey Island-based Dr Zero & the Hot Heads, decided to ‘up anchor’ from the Essex Delta and plant themselves at opposite ends of Torbay (they’re not that close). Their love of the Pub Rock era, during the late 70s and 80s which saw the great days of bands such as Doctor Feelgood, Nine Below Zero, Eddie & the Hot Rods & Ian Dury & the Blockheads and many more inspired them to keep the genre alive.
“Their move to Devon soon saw them attending local jams & open mic nights, meeting up with some fine musicians along the way. It wasn’t long before two great local musos, Dink aka Ian Hankey (guitar & vocals) & Andy Perrin (percussion) were shanghaied into the band and Hotheadz was born.
“Andy is still rockin’ in the bay after many years. Dink (Ian) has played in punk bands for years, but has always loved the energy and edge of high energy blues bands. Dusty (Les) has been learning Bass since the age of 13 and has still not mastered it. Brought up in East London and Essex before moving on to Devon, he’s enjoyed being inspired by many blues/rock bands over the years. Originally from Dartford Kent, Mick has lived in South-East London and Essex before moving to Devon. Still searching for that fourth chord, Mick is influenced by all sorts of music. ”

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.

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.

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
  • 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.