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About Smokestack

Top Class Rhythm & Blues Jazz grooves Duo and Trio . For all occasions- as Featured on BBC Radio 2 (Paul Jones Blues Show) .
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For 25 years this roots and blues outfit has performed at venues and blues festivals in both Europe and the UK, including sharing the bill with BookerT and the MG's, Nina Simone, Peter Green, Taj Mahal at the UK's legendary Bishopstock blues festival. After the release of their debut CD El Cobra, the BBC invited the trio to record a session for the Paul Jones blues show on BBC radio 2. Also Blueprint magazine included a track for their BEST OF BRITISH BLUES compilation CD. To date, Smokestack have recorded 3 more albums also recording sessions for film and television including film documentary "Through The Eyes Of The World" (the Muhammed Ali story.) The trio continue to bring their unique brand of american roots music to lovers of the blues everywhere! "EXCELLENT!"(PAUL JONES) BBC RADIO 2 "SUPERB MUSICIANSHIP!" (BLUEPRINT MAGAZINE) "HOT HARMONICA!" (TONY T.S MCPHEE - THE GROUNDHOGS) "GREAT AUTHENTIC BLUES!" (GARY MOORE)

Performance details
We can perform outdoors
We have vehicles we can use to travel to gigs
We require car parking close to venues
Our equipment is PAT tested
We own a PA system
Encore awards
1st Encoreversary
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Vintage, Blues, Swing, Jazz
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Song list

Summertime (George Gershwin)
Rattle Snakin Daddy (Blind Boy Fuller)
Moon Dance (Van Morrison)
Hot Tamales (Robert Johnson)
Stormy Weather (Lena Horne)
Rollin and Tumblin (Muddy Waters)
My Babe (Little Walter)
Night Train (Oscar Peterson)
St James Infirmary (Traditional)
Blue Monk (Theoleoneus Monk)
Shake Your Hips (Slim Harpo)
I wish you would (BB Arnold)
Is you is (Louis Jordan)
Got Love - If you want it (BB Arnold)
Sky is Crying (Elmore James)
Thrill has gone (BB King)
Bring it on home (Sam Cooke)
King B ( Slim Harpo)
Caress Me Baby (Jimmy Reed)
Come on in my kitchen (Robert Johnson)
Stones in my pathway (Robert Johnson)
Key to the Highway (Big Bill Broonzy)
Just Keep Loving Her (Little Walter)
Walking Blues (Muddy Waters)
Little Red Rooster (Howling Wolf)
Aint Never Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
Got me Running (Jimmy Reed)
61 Highway (Fred McDow)
Catfish Blues (Robert Petway)
Help Me (Sunny Boy Williamson)
The Walk (Jimmy McCracklin)
Who Do You Love (Bo Diddly)
Morning Train (Phil Mills)
Ground Hog Blues (John Lee Hooker)
44 Blues (Howling Wolf)
Nobody Knows You When You Are Down and Out (Bessy Smith)
Stormy Monday (T Bone Walker)
Rock Me (Muddy Waters)
Evening (Jimmy Witherspoon)
Few Short Lines (Fred McDow)
T Bone Shuffle (T Bone Walker)
I Aint Drunk (Jimmy Liggins)
Mystery Train (Elvis Presley)
It Hurts Me Too (Elmore James)
Sweet Little Angel (BB King)
Boppin The Blues (Karl Perkins)
Java Drive (The Mills Brothers)
Let the Good Time Rolls (Louis Jordan)
Walking The Dog (Rufus Thomas)
Right Track (Ray Charles)
Talk to your daughter (J B Le Noir)
Boogie Chillun (John Lee Hooker
Hot Little Mama (John Guitar Watson)
All Blues (Miles Davies)
Can't get that stuff no more (Tamper Red)
Customer questions

Do you have different line-up options?

Duo (guitar and bass) Trio (guitar, bass and drums)

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

We are positively flexible :)

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?


How much time do you need to set up?

30 minutes

Can you roam around while you perform?


Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?


Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?


Can you learn song requests before the event?


What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our authenticity, punctuality, professionalism and musical skill. We are very approachable!

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Bishopstock Blues Festival, UK Billy's On The Beach - Chichester The Paris House - Brighton Green Door Store - Brighton Black Lion - Brighton The Western - Brighton Martha Gunn - Brighton Mesmerist - Brighton Ain't Nothing But (London) The Lime Tree (Lewes)

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Louie Jordan T Bone Walker Little Walter Howling Wolf Muddy Waters

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

St James Palace, London


Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£600
Up to 3 hours£900


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Clarice B, 24 days ago

Absolutely brilliant, very professional and our guests absolutely loved their music. Friendly guys, doing justice to a lot of classics we would love to see them again. Clarice and Max

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Clive B, 2 months ago

Smokestack came and played at our garden party in a marquee (as it rained!) They were perfect. Very good talented musicians, great singing, perfectly judged the music choice and volume as the event went on. Couldn’t recommend them more highly. They will be our choice at our next party. Thanks Phill & Rodger.

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G R, 2 years ago

Smokestack are a fantastic blues outfit that play authentic blues which is hard to find these days. Having played for 25 years they show true professionalism. They're a smokin and swingin' act for any event!

BBC 2, 19 years ago

Excellent (Paul Jones)