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Written by  on June 3, 2019

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Blowout Sax Mini Gig
Set List For MAY 17TH 2019.
SET 1 included Students playing tracks like ROCK FORT ROCK by The Skatalites
SWEET EMMA by Cannonball Adderley
TADOW by Masego
WILL YOU by Hazel O’Connor
NO MAN NO CRY by Jimmy Sax
Mark Knopfler Goin’ Home LOCAL HERO
BAKER STREET…Raf Ravenscroft Gerry Rafferty
and the SET 2 was a big and exciting jam on original House dance and reggae tracks which sounded fantastic live and in the moment.


Random tales of Lee ‘Kix’ Thompson sax man like meeting Ray Davies

Written by  on December 1, 2016

Lee with ace Blowout Saxman JP

When he started with Madness started he brought the ‘nutty sounds’of Prince Buster and a blatant itch for the spotlight
‘First chance I got I want that solo.’

Until Lee spotted his hero Ray Davies at the Olympics warm up area so
‘Wearing my Fez and everything I went over and shook his hand.He says ‘Who are you?’
I say ‘Baggy Trousers’He says ‘The Penny’s dropped.’ After Suggs said the Olympics ‘Filled our sails.’

‘Keep it real,keep it sharp.You need a line of integrity.’

and how they rose to be national institutions!!


July 2016 Sax gigs-thanks to Mr John Heenan once again

Written by  on July 8, 2016

Sax Gigs from July 2016

1,2,3 July Mindi Abair Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

2 July Town of Cats Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

6 July Andy Sheppard/Craig Crofton Bristol Fringe Bar, Clifton

6 July Roamin’ Jasmine Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

8 July Martin Dale Meeting House, Ilminster

9 July Pharoah Sanders Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London

9 July New Orleans Swamp Donkeys The Fleece, Bristol

13 July Ed Jones Bristol Fringe Bar, Clifton, Bristol

15 July Courtney Pine The Convent, South Woodchester, Stroud

16 July Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) Old Duke, Bristol!gigs/c1c5j

Marlborough Jazz Festival

15 July Alexander Bone / George Haslam / Ed Jones / Red Stripe Band / Tori Freestone
16 July Art Themen / Clair Hirst / Kevin Figes/ Protect the Beat / Baraka

17 July Zhenya Stringalev Hen & Chicken, West Street, Bedminster, Bristol

17 July Baraka Harbour Festival, Bristol

23 July Jungle by Night The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

24 July Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) The Bell, Bath

30 July Mr Woodnote The Old Fire Station, Lewins Mead, Bristol

19 August The Toasters Moon Club, Womanby Street, Cardiff

26 August Simon Allen Meeting House, Ilminster

27 August The Beat National Trust, Tyntesfield, Wraxall

3 September Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) Kings Head, Didmarton!gigs/c1c5j

10 September Pete Gage Band (feat. Craig Crofton) Royal Exchange, Hartpury!gigs/c1c5j

24 September Dire Streets (feat. Steve Wiltshire:sax) Chapel Arts Centre, Bath

4 October The Beat (feat. Dave Wakeling , NOTE: different band from 27 August gig!)

15 October Logicaltramp Huntingdon Hall, Worcester

20 October Tim Garland St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol

22 October UB40 O2, Frogmore Street, Bristol
22 October Emperials The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol

28 October UB40 GL1 Centre, Gloucester

12 November The Emperials The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

London Jazz Festival
12 November Joshua Redman TheBarbican
13 November Jan Garbarek Royal Festival Hall
15 November Chris Potter Cadogan Hall; Yolanda Brown The Barbican; Donny McCaskin Rich Mix, Bethnal Green
16 November Marius Neset St Luke’s , E1
20 November Wayne Shorter The Barbican

16 November The Slackers The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

26 November Bonzo Dog Band St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol

2 December Madness Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
The Beat The Fleece, Victoria St., Bristol

3 December The Blockheads The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

8 December Darius Brubeck Quartet St George’s, Brandon Hill, Bristol

Blowout Sax Gig Review 2015

Written by  on November 29, 2015

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Check out One Step Beyond as our finale with Jon Marsh Pauly Archer And Howell David on vocals

Another great set of performances from our ace Blowout sax students playing so many famous sax pieces ..what a excellent soiree of music.

Well I wouldn’t let the team down. Really friendly bunch and some great sax players. You need a bigger venue. It was certainly intimate 😃 you rock Mr Blowout Sax🎷🎷🎷😃 .

Lovely gig Mark, beautifully crafted together ! I need another lesson asap (inspired to get better)


Epic gig Mark. Full of energy and joy. Well sung.


Hi Mark! Thanks so much for inviting me to sing last night! It was fab to be part (tho a small part!) of such a successful and fun evening! I was very impressed by the whole thing- the organisation, the band but most of all, all the players that were keen to get up and play.. That’s all down to you! I know you’ve had years of practise with these evenings, but the energy is daily there in bucket loads! Really well done!


Blowout Sax Gig soon November 27th 2015 at Chapel Arts Centre Bath

Written by  on November 2, 2015

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Tickets on sale for the 15th year of this amazing event on sale November 9th.
The legendary Blowout Sax School of Bath is opening its doors in North Parade for an incredible informal evening of saxophone based party music played by Blowout Sax students having been taught by Mark Archer and Craig Crofton and backed by a top class band.
A broad overview of some of the tunes played will be pop sax classics ‘Baker Street’, blues classics like ‘Peter Gunn,’ and classic British Madness Ska like ‘One Step Beyond,’ and the Ska classic ‘Message To You Rudy’ amongst many other wonderful tunes like ‘Superstition.’
It will be a remarkable, original and inspired evening.
The event will start at 7.45pm and wrap up around 10.30pm.

The ethos of Blowout Sax is that anyone can play and Mark Archer the School Director aided by the well known Craig Crofton have devised an exciting and unique approach to learning where no musical knowledge is required so if you love the sax you know where to go November 27th gig.

ACE SHOT KIDS WITH MARK Jon Hoffmann photos

ACE SHOT peter gunn with oli moore

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latest sax gigs to see from sept 2015

Written by  on September 7, 2015

Sax Gigs from sept 7th2015

7 September The Slackers The Fleece, Victoria St., Bristol

12 September Madness County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol

13 September Get the Blessing The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
Kevin Figes Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol

15 September Alan Barnes New Inn, Westerleigh

19 September The Dualers Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol

23 September Andy Sheppard The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath
Ben Waghorn The Mall Pub, Clifton

24-26 September Loose Tubes Ronnie Scott’s, Soho

30 September Andy Sheppard The Mall Pub, Clifton

2 October Snake Davis Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath

4 October Mutter Slater Band Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath

5 October Snarky Puppy O2, Frogmore St., Bristol

10 October Baila La Cumbia (Craig Crofton) Bocca Bar, Glastonbury

11 October Barrence Whitfield & the Savages Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol

12 October Simon Spillett Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

13 October Andy Sheppard St George’s, Bristol

14 October Iain Ballamy The Mall Pub, Clifton

18 October Grandmothers of Invention Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

22 October Kevin Figes Old Duke, King Street, Bristol

23 October Craig Crofton (+Pete Gage Band) Cellar Bar, Devizes!gigs/c1c5j

26 October Alan Barnes Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

11 November Monkey Chuckle Old Duke, King Street, Bristol

12 November The Beat The Fleece, Bristol
Dakhla The Grain Barge, Hotwells Road, Bristol

13 November Maceo Parker Under the Bridge, Chelsea, London
Joshua Redman Cadogan Hall, Chelsea, London

14 November Maceo Parker Under the Bridge, Chelsea, London
Courtney Pine Globe Theatre, Bankside, London SE1
Kamasi Washington/Gogo Penguin Barbican, London

19 November Bobby Wellins (Under Milk Wood) ArtsDepot, Nether Street, London N12

20 November Ben Waters Band Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath

21 November Average White Band/Kokomo Royal Festival Hall, London

29 November Tower of Power Koko, Mornington Crescent, London

4 December Jean Toussaint Victory Club, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham

5 December Blockheads, The Fleece, Victoria Street, Bristol

9 December Selecter Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath

17 December Dakhla The Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

18 December The Beat Cheese & Grain, Frome

20 December Blockheads Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath
Superskas Chapel Arts, Lower Borough Walls, Bath,

For the first time Blowout Sax opens its doors to the general public for The Opening of the Bath Festival Party In The Park Friday May 15th 2015

Written by  on May 18, 2015

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What a night and like ‘Great event last night; pleasingly full and buzzing, well informal. Loved the two lines of people watching from up on The Bridge.Did you realise also girls practising their cricket on the green were dancing along?’..and ‘top gig!we loved it ..the space rocks!!..very enjoyable gigette and we went around a few in town and yours was the best by a mile.’

The legendary BlowoutSax School of Bath is opening itsdoors in North Parade for an incredible informal evening of saxophone based party music played by Mark Archer and Craig Crofton with selected students backed by a top class trio of Anders Olinder on keys, Andy Tween drums and Jerry Cozier Cole on Guitar.



Blowout Sax Sets Friday May 15th 2015

7pm Tony Clark DJ  sounds






                     SONG FOR MY FATHER

                                            THRILL IS GONE -a tribute to BB King

            Tony Clark DJ sounds









Tony Clark DJ sounds


9.45 onwards









Sax Gigs from 15 November 2014

Written by  on November 17, 2014

Sax Gigs from 15 November 2014


15 November  Jan Garbarek Temple  Church, London EC4

Conjunto Gringo Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

Soul Ingredients Harbourside No.1, Canons Road, Bristol


21 November The Beat Komedia, Westgate Street, Bath

Nuttyness The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol

Nick Dover The Bear, Hotwells, Bristol

Brass Junkies Harbourside No.1, Canons Road, Bristol


22 November James Morton Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol







Antelope Harbourside No.1, Canons Road, Bristol

23 November Joe Lovano Barbican Centre, London


26 November Iain Ballamy Old Bath Arms, Frome


27 November Skatelites Venue 229, Great Portland St, London

Paul Dunmall Fringe Jazz, The Mall, Clifton, Bristol

                      Sefrial Future Inns, Cabot Circus, Bristol


28 November Alan Barnes the Meeting House, Ilminster

King Porter Stomp Canteen, Stokes Croft, Bristol

Martin Genge The Bear, Hotwells, Bristol

SAMS Band Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, Bristol


3 December Zen Hussies The Bell, Walcott Street, Bath


4 December Simon Spillett St James Wine Vaults, Bath

Old Hat Future Inns, Cabot Circus, Bristol


5 December The Beat Guildhall, Eastgate Street, Gloucester

Madness Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Benn Clatworthy The Bear, Hotwells, Bristol

Cantina Collective Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, Bristol


6 December Emperials The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol


10 December Craig Crofton Old Bath Arms, Frome


11 December Zen Hussies Old Duke, King Street, Bristol


12 December 2Rude The Tunnels, Temple Meads, Bristol


17 December Monkey Chuckle Old Duke, King Street, Bristol

18 December Blockheads Cheese & Grain, Frome


19 December Ben Waghorn/Kevin Figes The Bear, Hotwells, Bristol

Monkey Chuckle Eastfield Inn, Henleaze, Bristol


20 December  The Regz Thunderbolt, Bath Road, Bristol

Moonshot Harbourside No.1, Canons Road, Bristol


21 December Bad Manners The Fleece, Bristol


28 December Pee Wee Ellis/James Morton The Fleece, Bristol


25 January Andy Sheppard Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol


13 February Conjunto Gringo The Meeting House, Ilminster


16 February Chris Potter Ronnie Scott’s, Soho, London

17 February


27 February Simon Spillett The Meeting House, Ilminster


1 March Gilad Atzmon Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol


12 April Julian Siegal Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol


14 April UB40 Colston Hall, Bristol

 (Ali Campbell’s UB40, a different band from the one playing on 10 May, which is fronted by Ali’s brother, Duncan!)


24 April Snake Davis Chapel Arts Centre, Bath









10 May UB40 Gloucester Leisure Centre, GL1

(Duncan Campbell’s UB40)


17 May Perico Sambeat Hen & Chicken, Bedminster, Bristol


Lee Kix Thompson Orchestra Gig at Komedia Bath

Written by  on November 2, 2013

Last night a goodly group of us went on my recommendation to see the legendary Madness tenor saxman Lee Kix Thompson’s orchestra.

I was trying to engineer a meet as he has inspired so many over the past 2 decades  to take up the sax but due to Bath’s gridlocked traffic that didn’t happen.

The set took a while to warm up as did he as a frontman and really hit its stride after the first 5 tracks.

He is obviously a top grinny londontown man with hilarious rehearsed moves,flicking sweat and he is as I suspected having studied his playing for 20 odd years wholly limited as a tenor sax player.

When the album came out I thought he will shine and open out and make ‘woodshed’ his technique but sadly like his gig he played safe with his track selection of standard ska fare and his solos were  lighting quick with a twang of Boots Randolph about them. Enjoyable night but alas no where near the list of great sax gigs I’ve seen.  Wish I had smuggle a sax in!