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The Eel Pie All-Stars and Special Guests will perform for Charity in Memory of Art Wood


On Wednesday 4 July, the Eel Pie All-Stars and special musician guests will be performing to benefit The Prostate Cancer Charity in memory of the late Art Wood’s Birthday.


Art Wood was a wonderful character and artist, who was there at the birth of the UK R&B scene . He was a talented vocalist with his own band, The Artwoods, and with Alexis Korner and the Cyril Davies All-Stars. Art  was big the brother of Rolling Stone, Ronnie Wood, whom he brought to the Eel Pie Club on a number of occasions.    Art was very supportive of the Eel Pie Club in its early days and it was a sad loss to the Club and his many friends when he died from Prostate Cancer in 2006.  His birthday would have been on 7 July, so in memory of Art, this will be a great night of rockin’ rhythm n blues and nostalgia from the Eel Pie All-Stars, led by Don Craine of the famous Downliners Sect, plus Keith Grant (The Downliners Sect), Alan Glen (ex Yardbirds), Rick Biddulph (ex Caravan), Chris Hunt (ex Lonnie Donegan Band, Thunderclap Newman), Robin Bibi, Dave Lennox (ex Blodwyn Pig) plus a host of special guests including (at time of writing):


Mick Avory (The Kinks)
Blues Academy (John Proctor, Phil Spencer and Richard Spindler)
Deja Blues (featuring Pete French of Leaf Hound and Richard Lightman of The Deputies)
The Green Brothers (sons of the late Mick Green of The Pirates)
Stan Catherine,
Mark Freeman (Rollin’ Stoned)
Derek Griffiths (The Artwoods)
Andrew Heart
Ali Mackenzie (The Birds)
Jack Pinder
Kenneth Wilson.


This will be a fantastic night of rockin’ rhythm n blues.  Not to be missed!


The Eel Pie Club at The Patch, 67 London Road, Twickenham TW1 3SZ

Wednesday 4 July 2012

Doors 8:30pm.  Music from 9-11:30pm.

Admission £12 on door or in advance from, ph. 08444 771000

Inquiries:, ph. 07732 322610


The following extracts are taken from Pierre Perrone’s obituary of Art Wood originally published in the Independant

‘Arthur Wood, singer and graphic artist: born London 7 July 1937; twice married (one son); died London 3 November 2006.’

In the mid-Sixties, the mod favourites the Artwoods were tipped as the next big thing to follow the Yardbirds and the Animals. Formed by the vocalist Art Wood, the five-piece group regularly played on Eel Pie Island and at the 100 Club in London. They covered some great rhythm’n'blues material, released five singles, an EP and an album on Decca and even appeared on Ready, Steady, Go! However, they are better remembered now as the band for which Jon Lord played keyboards before launching Deep Purple.

Art Wood and his brother Ted also had an important influence on the career of Ronnie, the youngest Wood brother, who was also in a mod group, the Birds, and went on to join the Creation, the Jeff Beck Group and the Faces, and has been the Rolling Stones guitarist since 1975. In fact, the Faces evolved from a short-lived group called Quiet Melon which Art Wood formed in 1969. “Ron and the members of the Small Faces were between jobs at the time and completely skint,” he recalled.

“I had some studio time so we rounded up Rod Stewart, Kenny Jones, Ian McLagan, Ronnie Lane and Kim Gardner and recorded the songs “Engine 4444″ and “Diamond Joe”. We played a few Quiet Melon gigs afterwards. But then Rod and Ronnie blew me off, the little bastards, and went on to become hugely famous as the Faces. Oh well.”

…In 1950, Art Wood enrolled at Ealing School of Art, and took a keen interest in typography, graphic design and fine art. He was the first from the college in a long line of wannabe musicians which would include both his brothers, Pete Townshend of the Who, Freddie Mercury of Queen and David Bowie.

“Ealing was very unusual,” Wood remembered; “It was a straight art school when I first went there in 1950. But it soon started to get this very musical feel to it. Everyone was getting very experimental. It was the beatnik era, the beginnings of what would become skiffle, it was all happening! Anyone who had even the remotest artistic or musical bent was just carried away! ”

…By 1962, Art was one of several singers with Blues Incorporated, the ensemble led by Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies which featured Charlie Watts on drums and also gave guest spots to Mick Jagger, Paul Jones and Long John Baldry. They took over the Marquee Club and inspired the British rhythm’n'blues boom which followed.

…In 1964, the Art Wood Combo became the Artwoods, with a line-up comprising Wood, Lord, the guitarist Derek Griffiths, drummer Keef Hartley and bassist Malcolm Pool. They turned professional, secured a residency at the 100 Club in Oxford Street and signed to Decca Records. The group developed a formidable reputation as a live attraction and issued five singles, including dynamic versions of Leadbelly’s “Sweet Mary” and Sam and Dave’s “I Take What I Want”, an EP called Jazz In Jeans and an album entitled Art Gallery – all now very collectable – between November 1964 and November 1966.

…While none of their Decca 45s charted in the UK, they developed a following in continental Europe generally, and France in particular, thanks to appearances at La Locomotive in Paris, although a paucity of original material did for them.

…He also played with the Downliners Sect, another British beat group, and occasionally performed at mod conventions with a revised line-up of the Artwoods. In 1998, the three Woods recorded two tracks for Money Due, an album credited to Art Wood’s Quiet Melon, and appeared together at the Eel Pie Club in Twickenham. “Me and Ted were always happy that at least one of us made it,” Art told Terry Rawlings, author of Rock on Wood (1999), “and Ronnie made it big enough for all three.”

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