Rhythm’n’blues at the Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans

Chris Lord and Tom the sax from Dr Shades

Chris Lord and Tom the sax from Dr Shades - Credit: Archant

TWO local rhythm’n’blues bands are playing at a charity evening being held next Saturday, July 13, at the Maltings Arts Theatre in St Albans.

Dr Shades, who shared the stage with UK touring artists Giles Robson & the Dirty Aces and Sam kelly’s Station House at the monthly Shades of Blue Club at the Maltings Theatre, will be unveiling a new band name on the night.

Support band for the evening will be the Lowlamps from Harpenden playing a little bit of country, gospel and improvisation. They put their own spin on the work of artists like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, early Fleetwood Mac, ZZ Top and B. B. King.

The proceeds of the concert will be split between Rennie Grove Hospice Care (RGHC) and The Hospice of St Francis.

Bob Ayre, band leader and drummer of Dr Shades, explained: “I have first-hand experience of, and have benefited from, the services provided by RGHC – my first wife, Morag Ayre received palliative care at both hospices, spending her final days in the peaceful surroundings of St Francis.

“The care didn’t end there, I benefited greatly from bereavement counselling at Grove House. Other members of the band have also experienced the effects of terminal illness with partners and family members. Hence this charity show.”

The music runs from 8.30pm to 11pm. Advance tickets at £10 each are available at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo, by phone on 0844 8700 887 or in person at St Albans Tourist and Information Centre, Town Hall, Market Place.

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Further details are available from www.shadesofblues.co.uk