We were there – and there again…

After two successful sessions at the Pokey Hole Blues Club, first standing in for the house band in July and then headlining the August meeting, and then playing an outdoor gig at the George & Dragon in Lichfield, The Valvolines are delighted to have built up a little match experience after many Sundays in the training room…

We’re available for dates from mid-November so please do get in touch if you would like to have us play in your pub, at your party or whatever…

Send us a message via our Facebook page which is HERE

We’ll be here again next week

IMG_0765On Friday 29 July – that’s just nine days away, The Valvolines will be stepping in to deputise for the regular Original Pokey Hole house band which is taking a brief and well-earned break. Come and see us, and, more importantly, for they are the stars of the show, come and see The Zoe Green Band.

The Original Pokey Hole Blues Club is legendary – it started way back in a time only Pete Valvoline can clearly remember. And now, at his time of life, that’s not very clearly at all.

Find out more about The Zoe Green Band HERE.

Find out more about the Pokey Hole Blues Club HERE.

Whoopee! We’re at Pokey Hole in July and August

Hi fellow blues-rock fans – The Valvolines are greatly looking forward to headlining the Pokey Hole Blues Club’s August night – it’s Friday 26 August – at Lichfield Sports Club on Eastern Ave, Lichfield, from 8ish.

And before that, we’ll be the house band for the July meeting – supporting The Zoe Green Band on Friday 29 July.

We’d love to see you there… and bring your friends. It’s a great night – licensed bar, raffle, lots of fellow blues-rock lovers…


Come and see us at the Pokey Hole Blues Club open mic night

pokey holeIt’s this coming Friday – 15 April – at Lichfield Sports Club in Eastern Avenue, Lichfield, and in addition to The Valvolines, you can hear some of the remarkable blues people who turned up for the first Open Night of the reformed Pokey Hole Blues Club, reconvened after a mere 47 years.

The Original Pokey Hole was started in the late 1960s by three local blues rock enthusiasts, and has the distinction of being where blues-rock band Earth changed their name and played for the first time live their song Black Sabbath.

Earlier this year those three enthusiasts, Terry Gallagher, Phil Smith and Norman Hood, decided it had been far too long a break and that blues-rock was back on the menu.

This is what they have to say about this next Pokey Hall event:

Our first Open Night attracted some wonderful Bluesmen, but the Club nights have proved so jam-packed that we have not managed to include the promised Blues Jam feature. Well, this is your night, musicians – come along and show us what you can do.

We would appreciate you contacting the Club to say you will be playing – this is to avoid people being overlooked. You will be given a slot to strut your stuff, and should a jam develop, feel free to join in. The night will be informal and low key – just a few friends enjoying the Blues.

So get on down – players and listeners. The Valvolines are honoured to be included in this event, and we’d love to see you there.

  • Find out more at the Pokey Hole website HERE and on follow the club on Facebook HERE.

Drummer wanted – become a Valvoline – live the dream

Wanna sit here?

Wanna sit here?

The Valvolines have been going through what I believe in agricultural circles is called a fallow period… But, the little green shoots of rebirth are starting to poke above ground. Yes, I know it’s the wrong season for that kind of thing – in the northern hemisphere anyway, but you get the picture.

Anyway, we have been very lucky to have had the services of Liam The Kid on drums as we older people get our arthritic bones back into blues mode, but The Kid has a whole bunch of other stuff on his diary – and considering his abilities I’m not surprised – so in short: THE VALVOLINES NEED A DRUMMER!

What we can offer is some blues-rock music-making with three friendly gentlemen, only one of whom is anything other than modest, easy-going and patient. Ha ha… Oh, and we can also offer the regular fortnightly thrill of finding out first what new pedal or guitar-amp-speaker-monitor arrangement Phil Valvoline is favouring this fortnight.

What you can offer is keeping us in time and having fun hitting things. Oh, and sharing our dream that one day, some way, we’ll be a little better than this…

Leave a message as a comment on this post if you are interested.