Not Only But Also The Blues: The Boal Weevils and Bicton St Blues

Not Only But Also The Blues: The Boal Weevils and Bicton St Blues

Monday 28 February 2022
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 at the end of the evening.

For the second session of 2022 we have:

The Boal Weevils

Stuart ‘Marshcat’ Cumberpatch:  National steel guitars, harmonica, vocals
Andy Boal: National steel guitars, vocals

“Stuart and Andy play 1920s and 1930s Delta blues (on original vintage instruments, including a selection of rare National steel guitars) and early string band/jug band music, plus an eclectic mix of Western swing, hokum and early Hawaiian music.

“Their gigs are a journey back to the origins of western popular music and offer a rare opportunity to hear the authentic sounds which filled the juke joints of pre-war Memphis, Atlanta, Clarksdale and Chicago.

“Stuart and Andy have been playing the blues for the last 30 years, for the last 5 years together. Their instruments resonate marvellously together and the slide sound in particular is amazing. They specialise in reviving unknown gems by neglected and obscure but very talented musicians who often got the chance to record only one or two numbers.”

Bicton Street Blues

This duo is former Laughing Gravy frontman Dave Gwilliam supported by multi-instrumentalist Olly Davey.  They bring a unique take on blues and country, plus their own original songs, played with feeling and commitment.



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.


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