Railhouse Rock. A gig for CLIC (Children’s cancer charity)

322714_10150414360134664_569859663_10141660_2096903946_oA quick announcement about a gig in Cardiff:

Date: Friday March 6th
Venue: O’Neill’s, St Mary’s Street Cardiff
Admission: £5.00 (tickets on the door)

This is a very special gig that has been organised by a group of Railway Staff. All the bands playing include members of Railway staff. Our bass player, Andy works for First Great Western in Bristol as a driver trainer.

The proceeds will go to the children’s cancer charity CLIC.

As you can see from the line-up below there are a lot of bands playing and our slot is relatively early. We think this will be a fantastic night with some great music. Hope to see you there.

6.15 to 6.45 Tempest
6.55 to 7.25 Charlie’s Marbles
7.35 to 8.05 Tim Crahart Blues Band
8.15 to 8.45 Bandino’s
Charity Slot 8.45 to 9.05
9.05 to 9.35 Taylor Made
9.45 to 10.15 – 102’s
10.25 to 10.55 – Heat Patrol
11.05 to 11.35 – Amicable Insertion


Looking for Gigs, can you help?

Five years in and we’re still loving it.

The Tim Crahart Blues Band’s first gigs were back in 2010. We’ve never been the busiest band in the world, but we’ve always loved doing what we do, so here’s the news – we’re going to keep doing it!

In the last five years we’ve released three full-length albums and a free Christmas single (which in true Slade-like style we have re-issued every year since!). All are available through Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp and other sites. (If you want to get actual CDs it has to be via andylong.bandcamp.com.


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We’ve played lots of gigs in lots of different settings; festival slots at Greenbelt and local festivals, support slots for Larry Miller, regular pub slots at the Boat in Penallt and Fagin’s in Taffs Well, church gigs, charity gigs and even breakfast gigs at a golf club and the occasional wedding.

We’ve built a great set of Tim’s original material, mixed with classic gospel blues revisited in electric blues-explosion style and a smattering of covers (Stevie Wonder, Elvis Presley, The Blues Brothers, Chuck Berry, etc).

2015 sees us already putting together material for a fourth album, we’ve got some great new songs to play for you.

So we’re looking forward to getting out there and meeting some of you guys at any of our gigs coming up this year.  As always, if you turn up Andy promises to buy you a pint!

Which is where you come in…

You see, the truth is we’re a bit rubbish at promoting ourselves and finding new gigs.  So we’re throwing it open to you chaps.  Do you run a potential venue? Do you know of somewhere we could play in your area? Can we play at your church? Can we help you out at your charity event?

We are looking for opportunities that are fairly local to our home town of Newport, we usually don’t travel more than an hour away from home, but for a festival or good support slot we could go further afield.

Fees, by the way, should not be a problem. We take what we are offered, within reason. So get in touch if you can offer us anything or have any ideas for possible venues we could contact. The diary is pretty clear.

contact Tim at tim@timcrahartbluesband.co.uk

Thanks guys, see you soon.

Tim, Harvey and Andy.

A new mailing list for the band

At last I’ve managed to set up some sort of mailing list for the band!

Please subscribe so that we can stay in touch. We promise not to spam you ten times a day, but we might drop you a line if we’ve got some gigs coming up, or to tell you about our wonderful new album ‘Blues Like A Prayer’ and other interesting stuff like that.

You can find a link to the mailing list subscription form on the ‘Contacts’ page, here on the band site.  Or you can just click this link.



Returning to The Boat in Penallt

Thursday 3rd April sees the band returning to the Boat in Penallt, near Monmouth.  We’ve been there a few times now and it’s one of our favourite places to play.

boatWe were booked to play there a short while ago but the gig had to be postponed due to the flooding that happened in the area, so we are very happy to be returning.

Great food, Real Ales, Proper Cider, authentic live gospel blues, free admission, what more could you ask for?

Come along and Andy will buy you a pint.


The Boat in Penallt

Last night we played at a new (for us) venue, The Boat in Penallt, near Monmouth.

A beautiful old pub, in a picturesque setting. Nestled at the foot of a bank, bubbling streams cascade through the beer garden into the River Wye.  


They serve a fantastic selection of ciders and ales too. Here is the pub’s website.


They host live bands every Thursday night and they attract a really good crowd.

Check the site for upcoming listings.

We had a fantastic night and we’re looking forward to going back there in October.

Here’s the set we played, this is prety much our standard set, although we do play about with it now and then.

1. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed 

2. When Love Comes To Town 

3. Got To Move 

4. Darkest Hours 

5. This Train 

6. Dust My Broom 

7. Somebody On Your Bond 

8. Every Day I Have The Blues 

9. King’s Highway Blues 

10. Superstition 

11. Jonah’s Blues 

12. She Caught The Katy 

13. Hideaway 

14. Summertime 

15. Refugee Blues 

16. Everyday 

17. Stormy Monday 

18. Blues, Blues, Blues 

19. Route 66

20. Sweet Home Chicago 

21. Isaiah 61 Revisited 

22. I Want Jesus To Walk With Me

23. John The Revelator