The Scene Column: Mark & Jonathan bring the Blues!

Music reporter Vicki McCarthy finds out how the Bletchley Blues Club was formed and highlights some of the upcoming talent…

One of the things I love most about our local music scene is the diversity.

As I’ve previously showcased in this column over the past couple of years, MK has an abundance of talent, spanning a multitude of genres. It’s a veritable chocolate box, with something for all tastes.

Imagine my delight when I heard of some brilliant Blues events taking place on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month in Bletchley!

It was a no-brainer to arrange a chat with Mark Stasiuk and Jonathan Townsend, the organisers of the Bletchley Blues Club, to learn more about MK’s latest and hottest live music event.

I caught up with Mark and Jonathan and asked how the Bletchley Blues Club was conceived. Mark said: “We had the idea of setting up a club for blues music in Milton Keynes and really wanted it to be one that could attract some high-quality acts and be a great platform for artists, set in pleasant surroundings.

“Milton Keynes is a big place, but certainly not too big a place to not have such niche and great music (in all its forms) supported and represented. So that’s where the Bletchley Blues Club was born!”

Jonathan elaborated by taking us back to the beginning. “In 2019, I advertised in ‘Blues in Britain’ looking for people who’d be interested in attending, hosting, or being involved in a blues club in Milton Keynes. One response was from Mark and it turned out that we’d previously met when I was playing in the duo, The King Biscuit Boys, at The Broadstairs Blues Bash, a festival in Kent.”

So, one could say that it was written in the stars? “Yes!” Jonathan chuckled, “You could say that. To be honest, the idea was put on the back burner until Mark met Ian Calder, he was on the Committee at The Conservative Club in Bletchley and they talked about what a great venue it was to host events.”

With about 100 comfy seats, a dance floor, parking and a keenly priced bar, it was perfect for this Blues Club that was still in its embryonic stages!

The first event took place in September 2019. Six months on, this twice-monthly venture has proved successful, not only gaining a growing and loyal audience, but also, an impressive roster of talent to entertain those in attendance.

On Tuesday 10 March Bletchley Blues Club welcomes Spikedrivers. Founded in 1992, vocalist and guitarist Ben Tyzack formed the band, having returned to London, after time living in the USA.

There’s been some line-up changes over the years, but the band has never strayed from its blues and roots influences. Then on Tuesday 24 March, it plays host to John Doe Trio. An emerging and exciting band, who are making waves on the UK Blues circuit.

With the debut album ‘Stranger’ receiving critical acclaim, the band are looking forward to bringing their signature sound to Bletchley.

With each event starting at 8.30pm and tickets costing between £8 to £10 in advance, visit bletchleybluesclub.uk to find out more and plan for some great live music, that certainly won’t leave you feeling blue!

This feature was published in the March 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

One comment

  1. Sounds Like A Brilliant Venue for Bands like Ours ..
    ‘TINY TINA ROCK N BLUES’
    Always Looking For Like Minded People Who Know n Feel Blues Music!..
    Be Cool to play there sometime!

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