Explore the blues with four of the most sought-after blues musicians on the UK's blues scene.
Pianist and vocalist Paddy Milner, guitarist and vocalist Marcus Bonfanti, drummer & harmonica player Pat Levett, and bassist Jay Darwish have worked with legends like Jack Bruce, Van Morrison, Ginger Baker, Sting, Ronnie Wood and Bernard Purdie.
Between international tours they are noted educators who have courses on the online music learning site MusicGurus
In this three hour masterclass Paddy, Marcus, Pat & Jay will share their wealth of experience and look at various styles within the Blues, offering secrets and insights into playing shuffles, slow Blues, New Orleans feels and more. Participants will leave with clear instrumental ideas to work on, and also benefit from personal advice on musicality and general musicianship.
Participants will be encouraged to jam with Paddy, Marcus, Pat & Jay. A piano, drum kit, bass amp, guitar amp, and instrumental & vocal mics will be provided. If you don't play piano or drums, make sure you bring your instrument whether it be guitar, saxophone, cello (!?) whatever you want to play the blues on!
The masterclass will begin and end with a 20 minute set from Paddy, Marcus, Pat & Jay to get all attendees inspired to learn during and after the day's session.
Paddy Milner is one of the world's top blues pianists. He is currently keyboard player of choice for the legendary Tom Jones, following several years with the late great Jack Bruce. He is a noted soloist and bandleader in his own right, having twice won Best Keyboard Player at the British Blues Awards.
“I love it…there’s a guy who can really play the piano” Dave Brubeck on Paddy Milner
Marcus Bonfanti is a guitarist and singer, he fronts Ten Years After and the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion. He has worked with Ginger Baker, Van Morrison, and Ronnie Wood. His solo albums have been named among Classic Rock magazine's 'Albums of the Year'.
Pat Levett is one of the UK's most in demand drummers. He has performed and recorded with The James Taylor Quartet, Tim Minchin, and Bernard Purdie. As well as drums, Pat plays chromatic harmonica and is a featured soloist on two albums by Will Grove-White. His own project ‘The Coalminers’, is dedicated to playing New Orleans funk and soul.
Jay Darwish is a sought-after bassist who has played both upright and electric with the likes of Sting, TJ Johnson, Zara McFarlane and Newton Faulkner. He has made frequent television and festival appearences with engagements on Later with Jools Holland, Channel 4 @ Abbey Road, and at Glastonbury and the Isle of Wight Festival.