Stompin' Dave & Sam Kelly
Stompin’ Dave teams up with award winning drummer Sam Kelly for a feast of blues and boogie.
Dave and Sam’s first album together Live From The Sticks received excellent reviews. Blues In Britain recounting “a rampaging set of electric blues” and praising “the rapport and sheer enjoyment of these two fine musicians working in tandem.” Blues Matters concluded the album was “nothing short of classic juke-joint blues from the sticks.”
London based Sam Kelly has been voted into Blues In Britain magazine Gallery of the Greats as a five-times winner of the UK Drummer of the Year award. Sam was awarded first place in the drummer category in the Blues Matters Writer’s Poll 2014, and named runner up in the British Blues Awards 2016.
Over the years Sam has performed with such well known artists as Dr. John, Ben E. King, Robert Plant, The Foundations, Chaka Khan, Billy Ocean, Michelle Shocked, Paul Jones, Imelda May, Andy Fairweather Low, Gary Moore and Chris Barber, among many others.
Sam was an original member of renowned 1970’s British funk band Cymande who attained US Billboard R&B chart success with tracks such as Bra, Dove and The Message. The band became the first British based band to perform at the world renowned Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York. Cymande reformed in 2014 and Sam has subsequently toured across the globe with them. In 2017 they headlined Ronnie Scott’s for three nights.
Described by Maverick Magazine as ”one of the world’s greatest performers” Bridport based Stompin’ Dave is a vocalist, multi instrumentalist and tap dancer. A former member of former UK blues band of the year The Producers, Dave was nominated in the British Blues Awards 2014.
Dave has stomped onto the line-up of some top specialist music festivals including Cork, Warwick and Towersey folk festivals, Ealing, Upton, and Swanage blues festivals. In addition to many other appearances at festivals, music clubs, art centres and theatres.