St Albans’ Ruby Tuesday marking a decade of music

Jim is seated in the middle with his wife Jean on his right, and his granddaughter Anya on his left.

Jim is seated in the middle with his wife Jean on his right, and his granddaughter Anya on his left. In front on the floor is his granddaughter Cara, and behind him and his sons Russell and Steve (father of Anya and Cara) – - Credit: Archant

Ruby Tuesday, the weekly gig at a St Albans pub, celebrates its first decade next week.

It is held every Tuesday at The White Lion in Sopwell Lane and was started by St Albans music lover Philippa Le Marquand to help boost midweek business at her local pub.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Sutton performed at the first Ruby Tuesday on March 16, 2004, and apart from one no-show by a band from East Grinstead, there has been music every Tuesday ever since, apart from Christmas and New Year.

Mac MacLaren, founder of the national events listing site, said: “Ruby Tuesday has been a massive success in raising the profile of live music in Hertfordshire and beyond. Philippa’s dedication and enthusiasm has paid dividends to The White Lion and has enabled all genres of bands and artists – a constantly changing rota of jazz, blues, folk, pop, country and rock – to reach a wider audience.”

The anniversary celebrations will be led by another staunch supporter of Ruby Tuesday, Jim Rodford, with many of his clan contributing to the evening, including his sons Russell and Steve and his granddaughters Anya and Cara, together with vocalist Derik Timms.

Jim and his wife Jean come to Ruby Tuesday most weeks when he is not touring with The Zombies.

Philippa added: “We have enjoyed such an amazing range of music at the Lion on Tuesday nights over the years, ranging from an eight-piece swing band such as Lou’s Sextet to classical guitarist Roland Chadwick, with brilliant blues, country, soul, rock, folk, pop, trailer trash and jazz in-between.

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“We are so lucky that the White Lion has had such an enlightened and supportive landlord in David Worcester since he took over the pub nine years ago.”

The Rodford Files and guests play The White Lion from 9pm to 11pm next Tuesday, March 19. Details can be found at