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Red Hot Pokers formed in 1984 and as well as working continuously as a separate entity, have worked as a backing band for visiting US blues and rock'n'roll artists. These include Lowell Fulson, Carey Bell, Lazy Lester, Frankie Ford, Big Al Downing, Nappy Brown, Big Jay McNeely and many more.

The band has toured extensively throughout Europe and has played in Canada and the Far East. The Red Hot Pokers became Van Morrison's touring band in the early 2000s and are featured on his album "You Win Again" The band's current live set is a mixture of styles - very much blues based, but country, soul and reggae are included too.

The present line-up consists of founder member John "Ned" Edwards on Guitar, Fiddle, Harmonica and Vocals, Pete Hurley, who has played in the band since the mid 1980s, on Bass Guitar, Hywel Maggs on Guitar and Marc Palladino, brother of acclaimed bass player Pino Palladino, on drums. Hywel and Marc joined the band ten years ago and outside of this have worked mainly as studio musicians.

John "Ned" Edwards has worked with acclaimed Cardiff R'n'B band Red Beans and Rice, He has toured Europe with Bo Diddley and, along with Pete, has played with Jerry Lee Lewis. Ned and Pete went on to play in Van Morrison's band in 2000, with Ned becoming Van's musical director for seven years. They both continue to work occasionally with Van up to the present time and both played on his recent blues album "Roll With The Punches", featuring Jeff Beck. Pete and Ned also play on Van's "Down The Road" and "What's Wrong With This Picture" albums.

Pete Hurley played in 70s rock band "Lone Star" with whom he recorded two albums before going on to join "Racing Cars". He has played and recorded many albums with Welsh artist Geraint Jarman since 1980, and has previously played with Meic Stevens and Robin Williamson from "The Incredible String Band".

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The aim of the Borough Blues Club is to promote Rhythm & Blues and its related forms in the South Wales area by organising performance nights with good blues acts and by means of workshop, educational and outreach activities.

Live gigs are held, usually on the first Saturday in each month (check this website for details) at Cwmbran Rugby Club and feature the best local and regional bands as well as appearances by established blues stars, where this can be arranged.

Membership of the Borough Blues Club, which runs from April until March each year, is still just £5 per annum, benefits include reduced admission, loyalty bonus and priority booking for all gigs as well as Email alerts.

To join, please come to a gig night and fill in a form or send a completed Membership Form by post to:

John Oliver,
35 Pettingale Road,
NP44 2NY.

Please enclose a cheque made out to Borough Blues Club for 5 per person or 8 per couple.

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