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

Not Only But Also The Blues: Slightly Blue, Hotheadz, 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.

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