Rising blues star Laurence Jones talks about life with Crohn’s as he prepares for Corby charity gig

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One of the UK’s most talented young blues artists is visiting Corby to play a charity gig raising money and awareness for Crohn’s Disease.

Laurence Jones is appearing at The Raven Hotel in Rockingham Road next Saturday, November 25.

Jones is a familiar face on the UK blues’ scene, having recorded several albums in a career which began when he was still a teenager.

He is playing the charity gig in aid of Crohn’s and Colitis UK as he himself suffers from Crohn’s – a disease which affects the bowels and digestive system.

Laurence said: “I have suffered from it for about eight years, since I was 18.

“When I was diagnosed it completely changed my life. I need to have regular blood transfusions and I take ten tablets a day, as well as having to carefully monitor my diet.

Laurence’s career regularly takes him abroad to Europe.

He added: “It can be really difficult when you’re on the road and not always able to eat very well. A lot of my time is spent in planes, hotels and tour vans and on the worst days I can feel really fatigues and sick. It is not a pleasant disease at all.”

Laurence, whose fifth album – The Truth – was released just a few weeks ago – said he is hoping to raise more awareness of Crohn’s, as well as money for a charity which he says is close to his heart.

Tickets for the gig on November 25 cost £13 in advance (£15 on the door), on 01536 202313 or online at www.cornmarketblues.co.uk. Support on the evening is provided by the Aiden Pryor Band.