“I just want to play straight forward blues and adapt to the existing picture frame. I want to carve my name on that old wall. That’s what I like, that’s what moves me so that’s what I’m gonna do”.
Francis Dunnery is no stranger to the blues! As well as being brought up in a household filled with his older brothers’ blues records, his blistering guitar skills also brought him to the attention of Led Zeppelin’s legendary blues front man Robert Plant with whom he played guitar for three years. “I basically got my blues education from Robert” he explains; “I think if there was a blues history competition, I would bet my life savings on Robert winning it. He knows everything about the blues. He was always telling me to listen to this guy or that guy. He told me about Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, BB King and all the other legends of the genre”.
But it wasn’t until 2021 that Dunnery finally got the itch to dive headlong into recording his own first blues record. “I was listening to Robert Johnson’s repertoire at home and the spirit of the man hit me like a ton of bricks. There is something deeply moving about those early recordings and I finally woke up to the blues. It was a relief. I wrote about twenty blues songs in three days. They were pouring out of me. I can’t honestly lay claim to any of them because they are so influenced by what has gone before. You can’t really change the blues, you can only add your own emotion to the templates that already exist. And I don’t want to play new blues, a spin on the blues or even add anything new to the genre. I just want to play straight forward blues and adapt to the existing picture frame. I want to carve my name on that old wall. That’s what I like, that’s what moves me so that’s what I’m gonna do”.
Francis Dunnery first hit the public stage back in the eighties as lead vocalist and guitarist for the popular progressive rock band It Bites and enjoyed early chart success throughout Europe and Asia. Over the past thirty years he has written, produced and performed music with some of the most successful artists of his time. Artists such as Led Zeppelin’s singer Robert Plant, guitar legend Carlos Santana, Squeeze stalwart Chris Difford, Stone Roses’ front man Ian Brown, R&B superstar Lauren Hill, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett - as well as guesting with a host of bands and artists such as Yes, Hootie and the Blowfish and played alongside musical legend Chris Squire in The Syn.
Dining tickets include a table reservation for the evening and a delicious two course dinner. Upon arrival you will be shown to your table where you can enjoy dinner & drinks before kicking back to enjoy the show. There are always vegetarian/vegan options on the menu and we are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements - although we kindly ask (in the case of major allegies) that guest notify us in advance where possible.
Premium booths require a minumum of 4 persons and there is a small additional surcharge for booking. Contact our showroom on 01825 790 200 to learn more and make a reservation. All guest are welcome to explore the showrooms (which are open all evening) before and after dinner and our friendly staff will be on hand to assist with any questions you have or purchases you may wish to make. Please follow social distancing guidelines at all times and pay attention to any one way systems arranged around the venue.
Although we recommend dining tickets as the best way to experience our events, we also have limited room for standing guests at most shows. Due to the nature of our restaurant, standing guests are invited to use our bar and shopping areas until 30 minutes before the event. Standing guests are welcome to browse the Roger Dean Gallery, make use of the heated decking area and browse our showrooms until shortly before the show begins.
Please note our doors open at 7pm. Tickets are non refundable however in the unlikely event a concert is cancelled, a refund will be offered or a credit note issued.
Unless otherwise stated all concerts will begin around 9pm and generally finish between 11.15pm and midnight.
Shows will usually consist of two 45 minute sets with a short 20 minute interval although this may vary between events. Please check the event specific information on your tickets after purchase.
In line with the relaxation of Government guidelines we have made the following changes to our Events Policy. The measures below are for all of our upcoming events from 28 February 2022.
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