Giles Hedley and the Aviators
Fri 15 July Rushmere gig has been cancelled - apologies to all!

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW SOLO ALBUM "RAIN IS SUCH A LONESOME SOUND" available now! Email gileshedley@gmail.com or get it on Amazon or from your favourite blues stockist! See News page for great reviews!

BAND ALBUM "SO GLAD I'M LIVING" is "excellent stuff" says Paul Jones!  Order a copy from Giles - email/ address details on Contact page

NEW representation in France - Giles is proud to be  promoted by Alain Leclerc's "Blues qui Roule" in France. Details on the Contact page.

 

Giles has been singing and playing roots blues, solo and with The Aviators, across the UK and Europe since the sixties, on  acoustic and electric guitars and harmonicas - his trademark is  simultaneous nose-and-mouth harmonica playing!  He's a regular on blues festival and club circuits in England and on the continent, and has featured repeatedly on radio in England and France.

Giles's passion is to share the emotion of a blues song.  Critics and audiences say he draws them into the blues feeling - joyous, ribald or sad - like no other. Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's legendary drummer once called him "the funkiest singer I've heard in Europe"!

Perhaps that’s why The Times’s critic said “He sings and a whole bar-room is rapt”, and Blues Matters called him “one hell of an entertainer”. The French magazine Blues & Co described a recent set as “ Un moment de pur blues, fait d’émotion et de feeling” – which doesn’t need translating!

Giles's solo work recreates the passion, grit and fire of the delta blues greats - Son House, Fred McDowell (with both of whom Giles appeared in the Seventies), Kokomo Arnold, Robert Johnson. Ragtime and gospel songs keep the variety flowing and showcase his eclectic guitar styles.

His band The Aviators is a funky roots-blues outfit steeped in early Chicago blues. Earthy slide and steel guitars, blistering lead guitar, a passionate, Howlin' Wolf-style voice, adventurous bass and drums right up in the mix - that's the unmistakeable Aviators sound, unlike other British blues bands.

See Giles in action, solo and with The Aviators, here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ND71O6pPE_I

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rQt3yh_WwE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_GudcINu0kU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mDYS84-0CU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gbHzzNhNEU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfb3o-K5ldA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwloGBwRKlo

 The Aviators comprise:

 on drums the inimitable Sam Kellyof Blues in Britain's Hall of Fame www.sam-kelly.com

on guitar, legendary French guitarist and producer Christophe Pélissié, http://studioduflâneur.pagesperso-orange.fr/#

on upright and guitar basses, jazz musician, composer and producer Richard Sadler www.rmsadler.co.uk