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The Electric Blues Club was formed as a non-profit voluntary group in Enfield, North London, UK, by musicians and friends who, fed up with the lack of local venues and music facilities decided to form a club where they could all meet. Some months of planning, advertising and organising later, the club was launched on the 19th Jan 1998 to explore how we could improve the situation. The Club thrived and grew rapidly and within a month of it's conception, was soon attracting 50 - 100+ people every week to it's regular Monday night blues/rock jams.
Conceived, Organised & Hosted by Tracey (aka Roxi), her experience, drive & enthusiasm reflected the rapid growth and popularity of the Club. A combination of excellent house musicians, special guests and enthusiastic amateurs, versatile improvisations, dynamic voices, helpful volunteers and a 'NO EGOs' policy, created a unique friendly atmosphere of warmth, encouragement & incredibly good music. Original Bands and Artists, Blues, Jazz, Rock, Metal, Folk & Soul sit side by side, combinations of covers and originals from musicians travelling across the country to participate, meet, chat & have fun.
Unfortunately, due to a conflict of interests the club moved to temporary premises and roved for a couple of months between the Coach Arms in Enfield and The Fox in Palmers Green until Enfield Council who had already recognised our efforts could provide us with a new venue at Forty Hall.
Our venture has been aided with great support, advice and encouragement from :-
Scarlet Records, Supreme Drums, MK Entertainments, Foxtons Transport, Arbiter Leisure, PMA Sales Promotions Ltd, Ben at Guitarist Magazine, Joan Ryan MP, Bob Henrit (Kinks/Argent), Rob Stevens & Wembley Drum Centre, Fender Guru Eddie Allen (Marty Wilde & the Wildcats), Station Rehearsal Studio's now Satellite Studios located in Enfield, Actor Richard Ridings, Tony Dolan (X-Venom), MCPS and PRS, Brian Johnston Musicians Union & Enfield Council.
The Club wanted to create an atmosphere of comradeship where musicians of all standards, genres, & ages would be encouraged and given the opportunity to perform, to network and to provide access to the public to new and popular live music in a diversity of styles. We recognise that community music fosters the freedom of expression and information, the development of culture, the freedom to form and confront opinions and active paricipation in local life; noting that different cultures and communities lead to a diversity of forms of community music.
Our regular Monday Jam and Showcase Night where musicians can practice & perform in front of an
audience ran successfully until December 1999 where unfortunately we lost the venue due to a change in policy. However, our members have helped us by organising Newsletters, Outdoor & Indoor Events, Workships, Webpages, Demonstrations, Clinics, Fundraising Events and produced/pressed our first CD & T-Shirts!
In 2000 the club organised and participated in several events including an acoustic jam in the park and a successful Battle of the Bands at Waltham Abbey Festival Week which is planned to take place this year on the 1st July 2001 - see our gig guide for updates & add your gig dates FREE Online.)
Linked with registered charity - South Street Enterprises - helping the unemployed residents of Enfield.
For more information on our volunteers, club and members pictures read our past newsletters pages and our gallery of jam nights & past events at the Electric Blues Club Archive hosted by Jason Burgess at his excellent site Play The Music
Electric Blues Club
c/o Ms Howard-Baker
96 Merlin House
2 Napier Road
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Please Note:- We are not currently accepting new membership applications or running regular weekly events due to illness and lack of premises. Information and updates will be posted to the site when available.
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