From Sweet Home Chicago to Hampstead Garden Suburb

Another musical event from the energetic fundraising team was held on October 2nd at the Free Church Hall in Hampstead Garden Suburb, in North West London.

A local vintage Blues band, The Blues Filled Saucepan, hosted an exciting and successful evening of Blues in aid of the Akili Trust. The versatile musicians played music ranging from Down Home Delta, through Chicago and Boogie Woogie to West Coast Jump and Rock and Roll with equal facility. The Free Church Hall was transformed into a blues club, packed to the brim with a lively audience who sat and chatted, ate a two course supper and danced and drank until closing time..

blues2The group, formed in the 1960s by three school friends (Mark Beedle, Richard de Friend and Al Cohen) cut their teeth at Oxfam benefit dances and have always found time to play together alongside their busy careers. They have been joined more recently by Adrian Pietryga and Laurie Harper and at times by Tym Manley on acoustic blues.
The Blues Filled Saucepan, for those who want more, run a blues jam every Monday evening at the Plough Inn, Wood Street, Walthamstow.

The evening raised £3000.00.

We would like to thank all those were involved with a special mention to the committee of the Free Church Hall for all their help and support.