ABC Acoustic Blues Club – Rev Gary Davis tribute Monday 13th May 2024 upstairs at The Jenny Lind.

Mick Knight…..Before he became “The Rev”…Gary Davis said of himself, I was a blues cat.  He played blues anywhere he could at party’s, dances and on the streets of the Carolina’s. His one blues 78 from 1935 is definitive of the east coast style of guitar playing. His musical ideas were spread mostly by the recordings of his early student Fulton Allen known as Blind Boy Fuller. Come and join us for this totally acoustic evening of music and stories fifty two years after the passing of “The Rev”.

ABC Acoustic Blues Club with John Pearson Jem Turpin and Mick Knight – Jenny Lind Monday 8th April 2024

Mick Knight… John Pearson continues in the tradition of the early country blues players who are his inspiration. He has worked with many of the leading British and American exponents of this music including Alexis Korner, Davey Graham, Jo Ann Kelly, Bert Jansch, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Louisiana Red, Rory Gallagher, Big Moose Walker, Woody Mann, Wizz Jones, Cephas and Wiggins, and Roy Rogers and his Delta Rhythm Kings. John Pearson is not a stranger to Hastings music scene having performed here over many years. He will be joined by his harmonica partner for many of those gigs Jem Turpin. Don’t miss this totally acoustic evening, come on down to  the Jenny and join us.

Steppin’ Out and Dupree – St Valentine’s Ball – Carlisle Hastings – 11th February 1977




supplied by Mick Knight

Photos of Dupree by Eric Money. Featuring Andy Bannister, Barry Denyer and Mick Knight

Alan Esdaile… Anyone remember this gig?

Martyn Baker… Well, I definitely played the gig with Tich, Martin, Roger, Piers, Wesley, Andy. I think Dupree were friends of Tich’s. Long time ago!

ABC Acoustic Blues Club is back! Monday 11th September 2023

Mick Knight… ABC returns from its holiday with this tribute to blues musics one and only Arthur Blake. Blind Blake (1896/1934) was ragtime blues guitars foremost guitar player of the 1920’s. Featuring the hits Diddie Wa Diddie, Police Dog Blues, That Will Happen No More and He’s In The Jailhouse Now. These will be attempted by three old friends joined by more… (old and new friends). Come along to this fun evening of totally acoustic music ….arrive early for the best seats….

ABC Acoustic Blues Club – Blind Willie McTell tribute with Roger Hubbard, Mick Knight & Jem Turpin 10th April 2023

William Samuel McTier (1903-59) born Thompson, Georgia USA recorded many fine blues, spirituals, ragtime, folk ballads and pop songs between 1927-56. Come and join us as Roger Hubbard….has a 12 string) Mick Knight and Jem Turpin perform a musical tribute to the legendary Blind Willie McTell


ABC Acoustic Blues Club with Kelvin Davies & Gary Jones – The Jenny Lind 13th March 2023

‘Kelvin Davies already has an amazing portfolio of work behind him including several plays on the BBC Radio 2 Cerys Matthews Blues Show. The great guitar work and singing of this young country blues artist brings songs of the 20’s and 30’s to life, as well as an increasing selection of wonderful self penned numbers. Kelvin draws his inspiration deep from the past, from blues pioneers such as Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Blind Blake, Reverend Gary Davis and more, as well as being inspired from later folk musicians, the likes of John Martyn, Jackson C Frank and Bob Dylan. Since the start of his acoustic blues musical quest in late 2017, Kelvin has played at some fantastic venues, such as Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, The 100 club, Cambridge Junction, Dingwalls, as well as Cambridge folk festival, Tenby blues festival and various other folk and blues festivals and clubs throughout the UK. Rarely far from his side is veteran harmonica player Gary Jones, whose soulful, understated presence never fails to add an extra layer of sweetness to Kelvin’s overall wonderful, charismatic sound.’


Here’s an earlier event on the 14th November 2022…  Weeping Willow Blues, Blind Boy Fuller cover by Sister Suzie & Mick Knight.

ABC Acoustic Blues Club – Revue 22 – The Jenny Lind. Mon 12th Dec 22

Mick Knight… We are celebrating six months of ABC this December. Come and join us for Blue Monday Revue 22….before we head into 2023 where we already have some great shows planned. Thank you to everyone who has contributed and supported us. May the blues be easy on you this Xmas.   Mick Knight