Bringing the sounds of New Orleans to the Blue with Street Style Trad Jazz, it's here every Sunday at the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn from 3:30pm until 6pm with the fantastic sounds of Mad Ed's Hot Five who bring a great mix of humour with superb musicianship.
A few You Tube snippets from our Sunday afternoons .
Mad Ed's hot Five are in full force most weeks with double bassist Edward Lloyd-Hughes leading a stunning line-up of Mr Roger Higham on trumpet, Tom the Prof Rippeth on trombone & wagnerian horns, a fine vocalist Mr Dave Dixonclarinet playing francophone plus various saxphonica and Mr Mike Swift who we're still discovering what else he plays, so far: guitar, banjo, ukelele, harmonica and singing (with his voice). You'll see from the pictures that they are ably supported by a range of fantastic subs who give us a lovely and varying mix of sounds.
Ten years of Mad Ed's Hot Five...
Ten years ago Ed Lloyd-Hughes stumbled into the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn. Zoom forwards a decade. he's still there!
Many good men have been subverted by this thoroughly bad egg into performing in this low taproom in the intervening years, Dave Alexander, Dave Rigby, Esmond Selwyn, Roy Gregory, Al Tunstall, Sam Wood, Derek Galloway, Ian Royle, Neil Yates, Stan Williams, Derek Harrison, Paul Blake, Dave Hopkins, Howard Murray, Brian Hall, Pete Fryer, Geoff Parker FRS, Laurie Cooper, Carol Horne, Ian Stopes, Duncan Ledsham and many more gullible innocents who fell for the old story of fame tomorrow.
The continued butchery of long cherished melodies has now establishes the band as a leading exponent of an individual style that can bring a tear to a musical eye, a tin ear, or even a tin bath. Make no mistake, passing themselves off as beacons of musical and artistic excellence has fooled thousands, grieved millions and stunned the music world. Here are the of several leading style gurus, artistic commentators and respected critics......
come any closer and I'll jump,
Aaaaaaargh go away!
Other people daft enough to guest with the Hot 5 include (best read in the style of Viv Stanshall )...
We hope to be seeing much more of Mr Andrew Mackenzie whose virtuoso guitar must be heard to be believed!
We don't see enough of Andrew McKenzie who delivers superb sounds on trombone,
Captain sensible Paul Roberts is Ed's occasional dep on bass! Paul said he hopes to make a down payment soon to buy the rest of the bass as he could only afford a single bass on the money Ed pays!
Neil Yates (trumpet & percussion) finished that line with a full on jazz bodhrán roll, double pike and twist! .
The marvellous Di Majors, songstress extraordinaire keeps the boys in order and graces us occasionally to skilfully weave her way around some wonderful songs ably backed by Ed's smoothest sounds.
The wonderful Malcolm (piano) & Isobelle (bass - no the plucky one, she's not a singer) Hogarth made a splendid addition to the sounds that can be heard at the Blue.
Gracing us with his wonderful vocals and on occasion at the keys Tony Weatherall is always a welcome player of note(s)!
Derek Harrison tickled the ivories and everyone here too with his wit and wonderful playing and we've also been blessed with Prof. Geoff Parker on Clarinet (FRS don't you know and great expert on bug life so he'll be get on well with the Hot Five).
There are others but they declined the offer of a mention here to protect their careers.
Carole Horn a splendid clarinetist revealed herself as a dashed fine singer, delivering songs with enough passion and tenderness to bring forth a flood of tears from a glass eye. Carol lives on Anglesey, works reluctantly and produces honey with verve and joy. Make your own jokes about that one.
The wonderful Harold Troughton has guested on Clarionettte with Sax although we try and keep that last bit quiet.
All the best things come in small packages and pocket trumpeteer John Redman is no disappointment and pedaled in with tremendous flair.
Now retired from Mad Ed's Hot Five Roy Gregory delivered many a tune on Guitar & Banjo and will be missed for allegedly lowering the tone in such spectacular fashion!
Other retirees include: Ian Stopes (magnificent guitar and heard at the Blue more recently with his better half Wendy to join Ed and Al Tunstall as Belle Journée) and Duncan Ledsham on clarinet. Ian and Duncan along with Ed and Tom formed the original Mad Ed's Hot Five.
Billy Edwards stunned us all on trumpet and harmonica every time he visited and will be missed and remembered with much affection. Billy left us in July 2014 and there's much to be read about this famous man here.
Tom Jones has made many welcome appearances on trumpet, he too has now retired to that great band in the sky. Tom was a founder of the Wall City Jazz Band in Chester in 1954. Tom was a keen painter and surprised us one day with a picture of the Blue painted by him.
All are welcome to enjoy the entertainment and our range of cask ales and ciders and we hope you have fun joining in with Mad Ed's happy band of jazzers.