One of the many positive Blowout Sax May 12th Gig reviews

Written by  on May 15, 2017

Jonathan McLeod

Thank you Mark for another fantastic evening. A real inspiration for both budding and experienced sax players and for those of us in the crowd who went home with serious feel good factor. Music does it again!
Eliot playing Green Onions Live!


The Gas Giants featuring the great Will Gregory on sax -Tears For Fears Goldfrapp

Written by  on May 14, 2017

The Gas Giants (Will Gregory, Ross Hughes, Tony Orrell) putting in a rare appearance live at the Old Barn up Kelston Roundhill.

Here some Simon Archer photos of Will helping us during rehearsals and during The Big Blowout Guinness World Record achieved in 2004.

will shows off skillswill plays his wr piece with mark

will greg makes his point forcefully at rehearsal

will greg and his bari

will conducting rehearsal plus players

Support by the wonderful violinist Agathe Max (more than worth the ticket price on her own, but not a sax player obviously).

More background here – 

Ace Blowout Sax 2017 Gig Shot during Baker Street

Written by  on May 14, 2017

2 of my stars Tracy and Helen playing Baker Street on Friday May 12th at Chapel Arts with Mr Blowout Sax..

New Saxophone shop Headwind Zetland Road Bristol

Written by  on May 5, 2017

Check out this superb shop with an excellent selection of saxs,mouthpieces and accessories.They are friendly and knowledgeable.
Say Mark Archer sent you and ask for Tom.

The Big Easy -Big Thanks to Winston lee

Written by  on May 5, 2017

AFTER VISITNG NEW ORLEANS in 1986 and 2001 I became obsessed with finding cool saxophone t-shirts and my Blowout Sax student and friend Winston Lee has just returned and kindly procured an ace one as a gift.


Ken Dodd’s dad played the saxophone

Written by  on April 20, 2017

Ken has performed all over Britain and has made numerous TV and radio programmes. He has appeared on the Royal variety show at the Palladium on a number of occasions.

He was a boy ventriloquist and made an early appearance at the Flat Lane Labour club, Ellesmere Port, earning three and sixpence (seventeen and a half pence).

His father who was a coal merchant was also a musician, playing the double bass and saxophone
. Ken added: “my father was also a great joke teller, encouraging my brother, sister and I to go into show business.”

Ken turned professional in 1954 and has been waving his tickling stick ever since. Ken’s first record was’ Love is like a Violin’, recorded in early spring of 1960 and by the autumn it was at the number one slot. He went on to record ‘Happiness’ in 1962.

Ken tells me that in 1965 he played the London Palladium for forty-two and a half weeks. While there, he recorded two songs at Abbey road studios. They were ‘Tears’ and ‘The River’. He told me that ‘Tears’ sold over two million copies and ‘The River’ earned him a silver disc.

Asked what was his greatest moment in the business, he said, “Tonight. It’s always the present that is the best, because yesterday is history and we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.”

How he invented the catchphrase ‘How Tickled I Am’. He told me that he wanted a catchphrase that he could vary and tells me that after racking his brains he came up with that one. Ken said: “When there were many comedians, you had to have your own trademark. Mine is the tickling stick, the hair and teeth.”