Schedule for Buckley Academy

Posted on: Friday, Oct 10, 2008


The opening blues night last week of Buckley Academy, the new venue in North Wales, was very successful.  You can read the pre-gig publicity and the post-gig review.

It gives me great pleasure to publicise the next gigs at this venue.

– Saturday, 18th October – Honeyboy Hickling & The DTs
– Saturday, 22nd November – Smokehouse Blues

Simon Hickling

Harp driven R&B from the very charismatic livewire performer ‘Honeyboy Hickling’ is unbeatable.

Three decades of touring and recording have honed his individual, blistering harp technique and vocal style to earn him an international reputation as a virtuoso player.

He is truly a great front man, singer/ harp player but also a damn fine songwriter of catchy quirky roots tunes.

The musical quality of the man can be judged by the company he keeps.  Past credits include three years of touring and recording with Steve Marriott, sharing lead vocals and playing the harp. Recording with Bo Diddley and playing and recording as a member of Anthony Thistlethwaites (ex Waterboys) ‘Blue Stars’ – a band featuring Mick Taylor and the ‘Kick Horns’. He has also toured as a member of ‘Nine Below Zero’ all over Europe.

In 2001, at the London Astoria, he appeared on the Steve Marriott memorial concert alongside Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher, Midge Ure and many others and performed a show stealing version of Marriotts ‘Big Train’, now released on CD and DVD.

‘Honeyboy Hickling’ is currently working harder than ever on the ‘Never Ending Tour’ with his band. Playing a mixture of tunes from his CD’s plus some Chicago Blues and Chess favourites.

Smokehouse Blues

If you’re moved by the classic sounds of Chicago, West coast swing and jump blues, the authentic tone of ’50’s guitar, cool rhythms and fat toned amplified harmonica in the style of the greats such as T.Bone Walker, Robert Lockwood Jnr, Fred Below, George Harmonica Smith, Little Walter and William Clarke, then Smokehouse  Blues are the real deal. Smokehouse have a deep passion for this music, and their live performances around the country are evidence of their energy and style. Influenced by the blues greats of the 1940s & 50s, Smokehouse Blues work hard to carry on this great music adding their own special touches along the way.

Gig Details

£10 on the door or advance ticket, doors open 7.45 pm. Contact 01925 636450



October 10th, 2008 at 09:50
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I would encourage anyone in the area to come and check-out the venue if possible – a great room! Can’t make Simon due to a gig in Liverpool the same night (not blues!), but hoping to get a few up for Smokehouse Blues.



October 11th, 2008 at 09:45
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I will be there for both gigs, and after the Bloater gig we are hopeful of swelling the crowd by a good few, word is slowly getting around and I have put some posters up here and there ( not just in Buckley ) so here’s to two more great gigs !!



October 19th, 2008 at 21:21
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The Honeyboy Hickling gig wasn’t well attended at all, which is a great shame after all the effort put in to organise these events,the gig itself was excellant and deserves better, but I just feel it will take time to make people aware of this venue, but I’m afraid that time is money and with attendances like this (29 at the start of the gig )it is doomed to fail !!! Full marks to the band though they still delivered even though it must have been soul destroying to play to so few So everyone bring a friend next time