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Gearing up for the summer

Hi folks,

I’m gearing up for a busy summer ahead, so thought I’d give you a quick rundown of what’s coming up, which includes a mini-tour of Kent, a tour of the Netherlands, my first gigs in Yorkshire, full-band and solo-acoustic sets at Upton Blues Festival and much more. I’m also very much looking forward to my first appearance at Elmslie House in Malvern this Friday, which you can still get tickets for here http://www.elmsliehouse.co.uk/2018/01/24/adam-sweet-friday-8th-june-8-00pm/

Fri 8th June – MALVERN, Elmslie House Sat 9th June – SOUTHAMPTON, Beer Festival, St Mary’s Stadium Sun 10th June – PLYMPTON, The Brook Thu 14th June – PLYMOUTH, The B-Bar Sat 16th June – LYME REGIS, Guitars on the Beach Tue 19th June – BROADSTAIRS, Wrotham Arms Blues & Roots Club Wed 20th June – SEVENOAKS, Blues with Bottle Club, The Anchor Thu 21st June – DEAL, Spooner’s Blues Club, The Alma Sun 24th June – AXMINSTER, Axe Vale Festival Fri 29th June – STEENDAM (NL), Podium Café Peter en Leni Sat 30th June – EMMEN (NL), Clubhuis TC Bargeres Sun 1st July – EMMEN (NL), Rue de la Gare Thu 5th July – AMSTERDAM (NL), Mulligans Fri 6th July – WORKUM (NL), Strandpaviljoen It Soal Sat 7th July – ZUIDLAREN (NL), Grand Café Zuidlaren Sun 8th July – EINDHOVEN (NL), ‘Tiki Hut Sessions’ at the Blue Collar Hotel Fri 13th July – EXETER, Venezia Fri 20th July – UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL, Upton upon Severn (Big Top Stage - band, Acoustic stage - solo) Sat 21st July – SALTBURN BLUES CLUB, Saltburn (supporting Doug MacLeod) Sun 22nd July – HARROGATE, The Blues Bar Mon 23rd July – GLOUCESTER BLUES FESTIVAL, The Fountain Inn, Gloucester Sat 28th July – EXMOUTH, Manor Gardens Free Festival Mon 6th August – SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL, The Volunteer Inn Tue 7th August – SIDMOUTH FOLK FESTIVAL, The Anchor Stage (band) Fri 17th August – PLYMPTON, The Brook Sat 18th August – LUDLOW, The Wheatsheaf Sun 19th August – OLD BUSH BLUES FESTIVAL, nr Worcester

The full detailed gig list can be found at www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows. Feel free to check in regularly as new dates are being added all the time.

The twice monthly residency at Colyford’s White Hart with Alan West & Steve Black is also still going strong – we’re there every 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month. I’ll have to miss a couple on 21st June and 5th July, but the shows will go on of course, and I’ll rejoin them there on 19th July.

Also on Friday 15th June I have the great pleasure of guesting with the Barrelhouse Blues Band for a special show at The Exchange in Sturminster Newton. The band have invited me and my Les Paul guitar to join them on some Peter Green numbers to help mark 10 years since Barrelhouse Blues Orchestra founder-member (and Greeny fan!) Paul Hart passed away. Tickets for this show can be found at https://stur-exchange.co.uk/programme/the-barrelhouse-blues-band/

Take care and I’ll see you out there somewhere…


Live at Momentum Studios - Part 3 - 'Take Your Time'

Hi folks,

The third and final video from the live session recorded at Momentum Studios last month is now available for you to watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YHxfH9COTs

In this final instalment I’m taking on the slow-burning title track from my ‘Take Your Time’ EP, featuring a rare live appearance of the Höfner resonator guitar…I hope you enjoy it!

I’ve just a handful of gigs left before Christmas, details of which can be found on the website…so if I don’t see you before Christmas I hope you have a good one!!

All the best,


Live at Momentum Studios – part 2 – ‘These Days’

Hi folks,

Just a quick note to let you know that the second live video from the recent session at Momentum Studios is available to watch now at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XXWC79xMPc

In this video I’m playing Jackson Browne’s classic ‘These Days’. As many of you know I’ve always had a soft spot for this song…so much so that it made it on to my latest EP.

Hope you enjoy this live version. Please feel free to share, and you can subscribe to the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/AdamSweetMusic?sub_confirmation=1

The third and final instalment from the session will be along soon!

All the best,



Hi folks, 

After a superb time at Tenby Blues Festival last weekend (thanks to all of you came to one, or both of the shows!!), I’m sorry to have to bring you news of some cancellations… 

First up this Sunday I was due to be bringing the full band to the Cellars Bar in Teignmouth as part of the Jazz & Blues Fringe Festival. Sadly the venue has recently closed and despite our best efforts we have been unable to find another venue to stage the gig, so it’s not to be. Hopefully we’ll be seeing you at the 2018 festival instead!   

Secondly, it seems the twice-monthly residency at The Wheelwright in Colyford alongside Alan West & Steve Black has come to an end. There may be more gigs happening here in future, but for now the new management are unable to host these regular music nights. Thanks to all of you who have supported this gig so loyally over the last couple of years…we’ve had some really great nights. My next gig with these guys will be at Chettle Hall near Blandford on Friday 1st December - contact Jan on 07776 323198 for tickets www.chettlemusic.co.uk 

In the meantime you can still catch me playing in Devon this weekend – I’ll be out with The Perfect Strangers doing the classic-rock thing at The Sorry Head in Exeter tonight (Friday) and at the Axminster Inn (in Axminster!) on Saturday, both from 9:30pm. And on Monday 20th I’ll be playing solo at Kingskerswell Church nr Newton Abbot supporting Winter Mountain – doors 7pm, tickets at http://www.wegottickets.com/event/415628 

Hope to see you out there somewhere soon. 



P.S. thanks for all the kind words about the new live video - the next one will be on the way soon! 


Hi folks,

On Monday of this week I had the pleasure of spending the day in the company of Josiah Manning at his awesome studio in Plymouth. The aim of the day was to capture some live acoustic performances on film, and I’m pleased to report it was a successful session…and a lot of fun too!

So what I’ve got for you is a series of live studio videos recorded, filmed and produced by Josiah at Momentum Studios. The first video is ‘New Friend’, and it’s ready and waiting for you to watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-BEGeVcKac

I hope you enjoy it, and if so please feel free to share it. I’ll be in touch with the next instalment soon.


Adam x

November gig news

Hi folks,

I hope this reaches you well. Somehow November is almost upon us and there are a few gigs in particular I should let you know about…

First up on Friday 3rd November I’ll be playing a concert at Chettle Village Hall near Blandford Forum in Dorset (DT11 8DB). This is a gorgeous venue I’ve had the pleasure of playing a couple times alongside Alan West & Steve Black (I’ll be joining them here again on December 1st too!) but this will be my first solo show here…really looking forward to it. Tickets are £10 and can be booked in advance by contacting Jan on 07776 323198…plenty of wine, local beer and food available on the night too!

On November 11th I’m really excited to be heading to Tenby Blues Festival for the first time. I’ll be playing twice - first up as part of the evening show at Church House on the bill with Bella Collins and Max & Veronica, and then I’m playing again for the late night session back at the Fourcroft Hotel. Head to www.tenbyblues.co.uk for tickets and to find out more about the festival…it looks fab!

Another highlight for November will be a full-band show on Sunday 19th at the Cellars Bar in Teignmouth as part of the Teignmouth Jazz & Blues Fringe Festival. Joining me for this one will be my good friends Simon Garrett on bass and Chris Page (ex Andy Fraser, Chris Spedding) on drums. We’ll be playing from 4-6pm so be sure to come and check it out if you’re heading to the festival that weekend.

The full list of everything I’m up to over the next couple of months can be found at www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows. The twice-monthly Thursday night residency at The Bellows at The Wheelwright Inn in Colyford with Alan West & Steve Black takes a night off for the first week in November whilst the pub is closed for a change in management. We wish Kirstin & Mark well for the future and thank them wholeheartedly for all they have done in building this venue over the last 3 years…we’ve had some really special nights here. The 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month shows will resume from the 16th November.

In the meantime the bookings for 2018 are rolling in and I’ll start posting these on the website soon…if there’s anywhere you’d like to see me play next year then let me know!

All the best and hope to catch up soon,


Christmas 2015 update

Hi guys,

I hope this finds you well. Now I’ve no more gigs in the diary for over a week it seemed the perfect time for a quick catch up and to wish you all a very happy Christmas and to thank you all for your continued support this year. It’s been a year of solid steady gigging, and 2016 looks set for more of the same plus some new music for you before long.

Before then though there’s the New Year’s Eve show, for which I’ll be teaming up with my buddies Alan West and Steve Black, and welcoming special guest Jim Almand all the way from Santa Fe New Mexico, for what’s sure to be a great night at Axminster Football Club. For more details and to book tickets call 01297 639268.

After NYE it al kicks off again on 8th January with a solo show at the Three Lions in Farncombe, Surrey, and the run of gigs that follows includes the 2nd annual Midwinterfest in Torquay on Fri 15th – Sunday 17th. I’ll be playing a full band set on the Saturday night of the festival, as well as opening and closing the weekend alongside Alan West and Steve Black. There are just a few tickets left now…visit neo-music.net for the full lineup and booking details. January also sees my solo residencies start up again, with the fortnightly Sunday afternoon gigs at the Dolphin in Beer kicking off on 31st Jan, and The Bellows at The Wheelwright Inn Colyford on the last Thursday of the month. Here’s the full list for January:

08.01.16 – Scratchers (The Three Lions), Farncombe, Surrey, 9pm.

10.01.16 – Eyre Court, Seaton, 4pm.

12.01.16 – Jagz, Ascot (with Alan West, Steve Black and special guest Jim Almand), 8:30pm.

15.01.16 – 17.01.16 – Midwinterfest, Victoria Hotel, Torquay.

20.01.16 – Café Rene, Gloucester, 9pm.

21.01.16 – No.10 Bar, Bridport, 9pm.

28.01.16 – The Bellows at The Wheelwright Inn, Colyford, 8:30pm. (Last Thursday of the month residency)

30.01.16 – Chapel Arts Centre, Bath (with Alan West and Steve Black), doors 7:30pm.

31.01.16 – The Dolphin, Beer, 3:30pm. (Fortnightly Sunday afternoon residency)

So lots to look forward to in January, but until then I hope you have a great Christmas and hopefully I’ll see you somewhere out there in the New Year.

Best wishes,



Hi folks,

Following on from my last message I’m very sad to report that due to circumstances completely out of my control the upcoming shows at The Bellows on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week have been cancelled. It’s a real shame, we were all thoroughly looking forward to it and I know plenty of you were too…but that’s just the way it goes sometimes. I’ll be there in solo format on Thursday 29th October, so hopefully I’ll see a few of you there that night instead.

Apologies again and best wishes,


October gig news

Hi folks,

Before I head out to tonight’s gig in Bridport there’s time for a quick note from me to tell you of a special couple of nights coming up here in East Devon next week…

You may remember back in August I had the pleasure of playing a couple of shows in full band mode with the superb rhythm section comprising of Justin Johnson (drums) and Roberto Ruiz (bass), the first of which was at ‘The Bellows’ at The Wheelwright Inn in Colyford. Well we had such a good time that night that we’ve decided to do it again…twice…so we’ll be playing two nights at The Bellows next Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st. We’ll also be joined by our friends Alan West & Steve Black for the second half of the show, where they’ll play a set of their material backed up by Justin, Roberto and myself. It’s gonna be a real fun couple of nights, at a new venue that’s going from strength to strength. We’d all love your support, so hopefully some of you can come and join us.

Also this Saturday night (17th) I’ll be playing a small part in the Oxjam Music Festival in Exeter…I’ll be playing a solo set at ‘Old Timers’ on Little Castle St at 9:30pm. You can find all the details and lineups for all the venues involved at http://oxjamexetertakeover.org/index.html

And don’t forget my local residencies, which are still going strong into the winter…last Thursday of every month at ‘The Bellows’ at The Wheelwright in Colyford, and after a few weeks off my fortnightly Sunday afternoon gig at The Dolphin in Beer continues again from 25th October onwards. Plenty of other gigs happening too…as always you’ll find the full list at http://www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows

That’s all for now, hope to see you soon.


Summer 2015 gig news

Time for some more gig news from me, and I’m very pleased to say there’s plenty of it! There’s the usual array of regular solo gigs around Devon, Dorset and Somerset, plus some festival slots including the Village Pump Folk Festival and Gloucester’s Rhythm & Blues Festival this weekend, Sidmouth Folk Festival at the start of August and the Great Dorset Steam Festival in the first week of September to round things off.

Also deserving of a special mention is a couple of full band shows I’ll be playing in the first week of August, where I’ll be joined by Justin Johnson on drums and Roberto Ruiz on bass. I’ve been itching to get out and play some more shows with a full band for a long time now, and it’s a privilege to have these guys on board. On Wednesday 3rd August we’ll be playing at Sidmouth Folk Week on the Anchor Garden Stage from 9:30pm, and our first performance together will be the night before on Tuesday 2nd at ‘The Bellows’ at The Wheelwright Inn in Colyford, where Alan West & Steve Black will also be joining in the fun to play a set. Both these shows are free entry, but booking is advised for the show at The Bellows.

So here’s the full gig list for the rest of the summer. As always all the details can be found at the website www.adamsweetmusic.com/shows…

25.07.15 – Village Pump Folk Festival, Westbury, Wiltshire, 4:30pm. Club Stage

26.07.15 – Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival @ The Fountain Inn, 7pm.

30.07.15 – The Bellows @ The Wheelwright Inn, Colyford, 6:30pm.

31.07.15 – The Brook Inn, Plympton, 8:30pm.

02.08.15 – The Dolphin, Beer, 3:30pm.

04.08.15 – Sidmouth Folk Week - The Volunteer Inn, Sidmouth, 3pm.

04.08.15 – The Bellows @ The Wheelwright Inn, Colyford, 8pm (BAND). First full band show with Justin Johnson on drums and Roberto Ruiz on bass. Plus Alan West & Steve Black.

05.08.15 – Sidmouth Folk Week - Anchor Garden Stage, 9:30pm (BAND). Playing my ‘Small Town Thinking’ album in full with Justin Johnson on drums and Roberto Ruiz on bass.

06.08.15 – The B-Bar, Plymouth, 8:30pm.

07.08.15 – Scratchers (The Three Lions), Farncombe, Surrey, 9pm.

08.08.15 – The Gerrard Arms, Colyton, 4pm (with Alan West & Steve Black).

09.09.15 – The Rising Sun, Sidford, 3pm.

13.08.15 – Number 10 Bar, Bridport, 9pm.

14.08.15 – Wilderness Gathering, West Knoyle, Wiltshire, 8pm.

15.08.15 – Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton, 8pm (with Alan West & Steve Black).

16.08.15 – The Dolphin, Beer, 3:30pm.

20.08.15 – The Icarus Club @ The Pelton Arms, Greenwich, 8pm.

21.08.15 – Apple & Parrot, Taunton, 10pm.

26.08.15 – The Dolphin, Blandford Forum, 8:30pm.

27.08.15 – The Bellows @ The Wheelwright, Colyford, 6:30pm.

28.08.15 – Culm Valley Inn Real Ale & Music Festival, Culmstock, 6pm.

30.08.15 – The Dolphin, Beer, 3:30pm.

02.09.15 & 03.09.15 – Great Dorset Steam Fair, Blandford Forum.

And for the classic rock fans amongst you ‘The Perfect Strangers’ gigs keep on coming too. Here’s where me and the boys will be playing throughout the rest of July and August, which also includes a couple of shows in Sidmouth, and a gig at the Nags Head in Lyme Regis later this week where we’ll be kicking off their weekend-long beer festival…

23.07.15 – The Nags Head, Lyme Regis, 9pm. Part of the Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week celebrations and the start of the Nags Head Beer Festival!

24.07.15 – The York Inn, Exmouth, 9:30pm.

01.08.15 – Sidmouth Folk Week - The Black Horse, 9:30pm

03.08.15 – Sidmouth Folk Week - The Volunteer Inn, 3pm.

29.08.15 – The Vintage, Wellington, 9pm.

So a busy summer ahead, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Looking forward to catching up with plenty of you and meeting some new friends along the way.

And I almost forgot…if you’re looking for some live music in East Devon TONIGHT (Tues 21st) then come along to The Wheelwright Inn in Colyford where my friends Alan West & Steve Black are hosting another “Midwinterfest Xtra” show in The Bellows, with special guests Dexeter who performed at the festiv