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SAM KELLY’S BAND has been featuring on the U.K. live music circuit for many years.  SAM KELLY (included in Blues in Britain magazine’s “Gallery of Greats”) leads from the drum-seat, selecting his Band from a wealth of fantastic musicians and tailoring the overall sound to suit the event booking.

For a “funky/blues” feel, Sam is joined by lead guitarist/vocalist, TONY QUNTA  and RICHARD SADLER on bass.   For a blues/groove sound, the Band is joined by guitarist/vocalist T.J. JOHNSON and ANDY HODGE (bass/vocals) .

SAM KELLY’S BAND has a musical catalogue covering all genres of music, played in their own particular style but with the roots firmly based in bringing YOU great entertainment.


Sam’s playing career started in the early 1970’s with “Cymande”, an 8-piece ‘Nyah Rock’ band, working and recording successfully in the U.S.A. between 1971-1974.  His self-taught style of drumming has placed Sam in the drumseat with Cymande, Dr. John, Chaka Khan, Eddie Floyd, Robert Plant, Roger Chapman, Michelle Shocked, Mick Ralphs (Mott the Hoople/Bad Company) Blues Band and the late, great Gary Moore.  Sam played drums on Gary’s last R&B album “Bad for you Baby”.  Recently Sam has played with Imelda May, Paul Jones, Robben Ford, Andy Fairweather Low, Chris Barber and Mike Sanchez.  With a delicate sensitivity to rhythm and a great understanding of dynamics in music, he has earned the respected position of Musical Director for Soul Britannia.  Sam has also been honoured in Blues in Britain’s “Gallery of Greats” after winning ‘UK Drummer of the Year’ for five years running.


As a professional musician, with over 20 years in the business, Tony has worked with artists such as ‘Odyssey’, Mervyn Afrika, Cheryl Alleyne, Mamadi Kamara, Kabbala, Grace Kennedy and Johnny Mars. His theatre credits include ‘Dancing In The Streets’, ‘Tell Me On A Sunday’ and ‘Soultrain’.  Tony is currently touring the U.K. and overseas with “Soul Sister” following a very successful run of shows in the West End.  Over the past few years, Tony has played with Edgar Winter, the Australian no. 1 female vocalist, Kate Ceberano, the award-winning trumpeter and composer, Mark Isham as well as “Chick Corea” drummer, Tom Brechtlein.  Tony has also recorded with ex “Direct Drive” vocalist, Helen Rogers and is featured vocalist on Paul Hardcastle’s ’Jazz Masters’ albums.  He recently performed with Zigaboo Modeliste, Imelda May, Paul Jones, Robben Ford, Andy Fairweather Low, Chris Barber and Mike Sanchez.


Richard moved to London in 1989, giving himself five years to succeed or fail as a musician… Since then he played regularly across all genres – jazz, pop, blues…even country! He continues to work as a musician, composer and sound engineer.

He was a founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio and recorded the first three albums and toured extensively with the trio, contributing to the writing and arranging. In 2006, they were presented with a ‘BBC jazz award’ and even made it to ‘Later with Jools Holland’ on the BBC! He has worked as a studio session musician for Ray Davies (Kinks), Paul Weller, Tom Jones.  As a jazz musician, he has played and continues to play with many great players.

He has played at the big UK festivals (Glastonbury, The Big Chill, London Jazz Festival etc) and at major venues in UK from Queen Elizabeth Hall to Ronnie Scott’s.