Matthew Gest’s Boogie Troop

Matthew Gest’s Boogie Troop

Sunday 3 October 2021
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre


Book tickets here – £13 or £10 or £6  you choose

Matthew Gest and his high-energy trio let fly through a set of piano-rattling 
boogies, rags, blues classics and some good-time rock and roll.  A Rockin’, Swinging, Virtuosic, Dynamic and Unstoppably Groovy 
exploration of the art of Boogie Woogie!

Pete Bingham: Bass
Sam Walker: Drums

“Matthew is one of the UK’s most distinctive, energetic and creative pianists who fuses blues and boogie with his classical virtuosity to bring a new dimension to the New Orleans-inspired piano style. He and his high energy trio let fly through a set of piano rattling boogie boogies, rags, blues classics and some good time rock and roll.
Matthew is a regular fixture at the annual Mustique Blues Festival performing with some of the world’s finest award-winning blues artists, he’s been a guest multiple times for the Blues Explosion at Ronnie Scott’s in London and has toured, recorded and performed around the globe with artists of all genres for over twenty years.
“His individual style and eclectic approach to the blues has led to him sharing the stage with living legends such as Ronnie Wood, Joe Louis Walker, Shemekia Copeland, Rick Estrin, Arthur Brown, Duke Robillard, Joe Bonnamassa, Wynton Marsalis, Ian Siegal, Dana Gillespie and many more including the late great New Orleans songwriting legend and pianist Allen Toussaint.
“Away from the blues Matthew has performed and recorded with number one selling pop artists as well as a stint working as Musical Director in London’s West End for David Bowie’s (official) “Lazarus” musical and enlivening his pop sensibilities further taking the MD reigns for Take That’s (official) The Band Musical as well as ABBA’s Mamma Mia “The Party” at London’s O2 Arena.

“A fun, upbeat and thoroughly enjoyable pianist bringing his unique vibe to the piano art of Boogie Woogie.”

“That was great! – I should have left you up there all night” Allen Toussaint
“Somebody tell that boy he’s f*&^ing awesome” ZZ Top

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