Giles Hedley and the Aviators

The Aviators

Giles Hedley and The Aviators are a funky, danceable roots-blues quartet steeped in Delta and early Chicago blues. Earthy slide, lead and steel guitars, a unique harmonica style, a passionate, Wolf-style voice, adventurous bass and drums right up front in the mix create the unmistakeable Aviators sound - quite unlike other British blues bands.

With Giles singing and adding slide guitars and harmonica, amazing French blues discovery Christophe Pélissié on lead guitar, Sam Kelly of Blues in Britain's Hall of Fame on drums, and jazz musician, writer and producer Richard Sadler on upright and guitar basses, dazzling rhythmic interplay is a key feature.

But the mood of the song always come first! This band is not about tedious displays of technique - it's about communicating true blues feeling.

Featured three times on Paul Jones's BBC Radio blues show, repeatedly at UK and French blues festivals and at countless blues venues over the last thirty years, Giles Hedley is rightly described by Blues in Britain magazine, as a mainstay of British blues.


Christophe Pélissié - lead guitar

In France, Christophe is known for his blues guitar work with Gene Clarksville, Skiffle Rendezvous and others, and as owner, producer and engineer at his popular studio, Le Studio du Flâneur, in Rouen.  Guitarist with the Aviators for nearly twenty years, Christophe also recorded and produced three of Giles's albums. 


Richard Sadler - bass guitar

Giles's bass player for nineteen years, Richard  also arranges and plays in -isq, the acclaimed jazz quartet featuring astounding singer Irene Serra. Earlier, he played a key role in the Neil Cowley trio, whose album "Displaced" was BBC's jazz choice for 2007.  Richard is also a freelance jazz and funk writer, bass and sax player, engineer and programmer, who regularly appeared at Montreux Jazz Festival. His album for Internal Bass Records with "Down to the Bone" topped Jazz charts for two years and following albums also reached No.1. "From Staten to Manhattan" became fifth best-selling jazz album in USA.  He wrote, arranged, produced and played on Internal Bass album "The Adventures of an FF Man" and continues to work with "Down to the Bone". For many years a session musician in brass sections for pop and rock acts, he still plays double bass on the UK jazz circuit and sessions for many bands - notably Ray Davies (Kinks). He teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Richmond on Thames summer schools.


Sam Kelly - drums

Voted British Blues Connection's Drummer of the Year five years running and Giles's drummer for seventeen years, Sam is a familiar face on the circuit with his own bands Fowoken, Station House and Primo Blues and many blues names from UK and abroad. Tours with Gary Moore, Geoff Aitcheson, Gordon Haskell, Deacon Jones, Freddy Hughes, Liz McComb, Billy Ocean, Desmond Dekker, Roger Chapman and the Shortlist , Michelle Shocked, Mojo Bruford, the Butler Twins and many others.  Radio: Jazz FM Paul Jones Show,BBC Radio Two, Capital Radio and City Sound.  TV: That's Life, Not the Nine O'Clock News, Top of the Pops, A Day in the Life of Pamela Stephenson, Ebony, Club Mix. Theatre:  Fringe and West End productions including Ain't Misbehavin', Blues Brothers Touring Show and 125th Street.