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Hot Pot Belly Band
Hot Pot Belly Band

Hot Pot Belly Band

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ARTIST/BAND: Hot Pot Belly Band
BASED IN: Headingley, Roundhay, Horsforth, etc.
BAND MEMBERS:
Mick Dewhirst: vocals, 12-string guitar & kazoo
Pete Sorrell: guitar
Ewan Stuart: guitar & vocals
Alasdair : guitar
Ray Maltas: Bass & kazoo
Geoff Smith: washboard
BEEN GOING SINCE: 1960s
BIOGRAPHY: Started in 1960s as an acoustic jug band. Over the years the band has changed members and become more electrified. Many famous Leeds musicians have sat-in with the band, including Mark Knopfler. The only original member of the band is Geoff Smith, the washboard player.
STYLE OF MUSIC: Rag-time, jug band, blues.
INFLUENCES: Most American blues performers, e.g Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, etc. Also the old jug bands and rag-time bands from the Deep South (Memphis Jug Band, etc.)
FAVOURITE SONG: Blues in a Bottle (old traditional blues song) Leeds United football fans thought it was written for them!
BEST MOMENT SO FAR: Open air Blues Festival at The Grove.
OTHER INFO: We feature one of very few remaining washboard players in the country - Geoff Smith. Main gigs at present are The Grove at Holbeck and theDuck & Drake on Kirkgate.

last updated: 08/03/05
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stuart,leeds
I used to watch the hot pot belly band in a cellar in a pub on the headrow(jubilee ?) in the early 1980's and had a great time.Anybody remember same ?

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