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Posted 12 Jun 2008

Listings for Farnham Cellar Bar Blues & Boogie Club

July 2008-Dec 2008

All events take place at The Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR Tel: 01252 726234

Doors open at 8.15 Music starts at 9.00pm

JULY 2008

Thursday 3 July

NEVER THE BRIDE - £10 (Conc. £9)

Phenomenal female-led blues-rock band featuring stunning vocals from Nikki Lamborn and Catherine 'The Been' Feeney on keyboards. Nikki's powerful presence and strong vocals has been described as Tina Turner and Robert Plant rolled into one, while Been is the main composer behind the songs that together with Nikki's voice, make Never the Bride unique. Unmissable!

Thursday 10 July

FUNKYDORY - £8 (Conc. £7)

Funkydory is a fusion of blues, soul, funk and jazz, with a mixture of strong originals and reworked covers - all delivered with skill, professionalism, and passion. Founder members include guitar ace Jules Fothergill and superb singer Lorna Reilly. 'Edgy arrangements, warm abandon and total audience approval' Blues Matters

Thursday 17 July

BIG BOY BLOATER & HIS BAND - £10 (Conc. £9)
Blues shouter vocals, pounding piano, honking saxes, savage guitar and a rhythm section to die for! Big Boy Bloater & His Southside Stompers play a mix of up-beat R&B, Jump Blues, Rock'n'Roll and their own fine boogie material. Foot-stomping music! (Note tonight's gig is in the Barley Room...)

Thursday 24 July


Known as 'The Voice' Nicky Moore is without doubt one of the very best blues singers on the music scene today, delivering spine-tingling ballads and hard-rocking numbers equally well… His superb line-up is Timmy Moore and Danny Kyle on guitars, Ed Collins on drums and Pete Shaw on bass. An all-rocking band!

Thursday 31 July- 4th September – SUMMER BREAK


Thursday 11th September

SPIKEDRIVERS - £8 (Conc. £7)

Delta blues and the sound of the deep South at it's very best from The SPIKEdrivers, featuring the finger-picking and slide virtuosity of US guitarist Ben Tyzack, the excellent bass and vocals of Constance Redgrave and drum supremo Maurice McElroy. An irresistible night of delectable music!

Thursday 18 September

BEN WATERS (SOLO) - £10 (Conc. £9)

Ben Waters first performed in the bar at the Maltings Festival at the tender age of 17, playing Boogie Woogie, New Orleans and Rock 'n' Roll and upstaging more experience performers. Today Ben is widely acknowledged as one of the most exciting piano players in Europe

Thursday 25 September

FIRE & WATER - £8 (Conc. £7)

Fire and Water offer a high-energy mix of Led Zeppelin, Free and Bad Company songs in their set, with classics like 'Can't Get enough', 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Whole Lotta Love'. Fire and Water interpret these classics songs of the genre with sympathy and feel and in their own accomplished style, while keeping true to the spirit of these British Rock anthems. Led by Paul Cox on vocals, with Mike Summerland on guitar.


Thursday 2 October

KING EARL BOOGIE BAND - £10 (Conc. £9)

The UK's No1 good time blues band plays an infectious range of music from classic country blues and jug to rock 'n' roll. This is the successor band to Mungo Jerry, and includes founder member Colin Earl on rocking boogie piano and Dave Peabody on blues guitar and vocals, plus stunning drummer John Coglan ex Status Quo. An unmissable night!

Thursday 9 October


Veteran blues shouter Norrie 'Snakebite' Burnett fronts this super-tight band of seasoned pros. Expect red hot renditions of rhythm and blues classics and paint-stripping vocals from Norrie, who has been shouting the blues for over 50 years! Plus the fabulous Mighty 45s.

Thursday 16 October

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR - £9 (Conc. £8)

Every once in a while, a new artist emerges and makes everyone sit up and take notice; Joanne is certainly doing just that. Despite her youth, Joanne Shaw Taylor is immediately convincing by way of her 'no-nonsense' and genuinely gifted style... Joanne's superb band comprises Roger Innes on drums, Jamie Little on drums and Phil Kingston on keyboards. Unbeatable!

Thursday 23 October


The Blues is what this band is all about, but within that framework they include many other facets including jazz, funk and Latin to generate a more contemporary sound. The Nat Martin Band is about raw emotion, the likes of which can only be found in the blues! Support comes from superb musicians King Biscuit playing their own take on Blues Rock classics. Doors open at 8.00 pm for an 8.30 pm start.

Thursday 30 October

OLI BROWN BAND - £9 (Conc. £8)

Oli Brown is still in his teens, but he's already an accomplished blues guitarist whose claims to fame include playing in Texas, performing on the Paul Jones show and guesting with Walter Trout. Catch him while you can!


Thursday 6 November

LARRY MILLER - £9 (Conc. £8)

Sensational guitarist Larry Miller is one of the most dynamic and charismatic performers around. With astounding energy, engaging enthusiasm and a full-on approach, Larry and his red-hot band captivate the audience with their electrifying live show.

Sunday 9 November


An unmissable blues experience, with over twenty blues acts from 12 noon 'til 11 pm on four stages throughout the building. The line-up so far includes Dr Feelgood, Ian Siegal, Tantrum, Robin Bibi, Primo Blues, Sonny Black, Kingsize Slim - and much, much more! Evening tickets £15 from 8.30 pm. See separate leaflet for more details!

Thursday 20 November

INNES SIBUN - £9 (Conc. £8)

Guitar virtuoso Innes Sibun is recognised as a world-class guitarist who has extensive international tours and TV performances to his credit. Innes's current band is first-rate with Innes playing guitar and singing. "The Most Moving Blues You'll ever hear" Total Guitar Magazine.

Thursday 27 November

SONNY BLACK- £9.00 (Conc. £8)

Sonny Black leads the band through an exquisite set of blues, ranging from slow blues to shuffles and rockier numbers. Without doubt one of the finest blues guitar players in the country. 'Not only is his technical mastery of both acoustic and electric instruments complete, he also possesses that quality that can only be called blues soul.' Blues in Britain


Thursday 4 December

BLUE TOUCH - £8 (Conc. £7)

Rocking blues band Blue Touch play 'blues with an edge' fronted by raunchy songstress Andrea Maria, plus the twin guitars of Alan Cleaves and Neil Sadler and one of the best rhythm sections around.

Thursday 11 December

AYNSLEY LISTER - £10 (Conc. £9)

Stunning guitarist and singer/songwriter Aynsley Lister leads his excellent band through a sensational set of blues-rock classics and original material. 'There's no young English blues guitarist with more vivid musical ideas than Lister... His guitar playing on tracks like 'Say Goodbye' or 'Balls of Steel' is a fire hazard!' - MOJO. A superb band! Ticket reservations recommended.

Monday 15 December


The Hamsters traditional Christmas gig. Now in their 21st year together, and firmly established as the UK's premier blues-rock attraction. This gig is sure to be a sell-out so early booking recommended! Tickets are available from the Box Office on 01252 745444 or reserve online at Doors open at 8.00 pm for a 9.00 pm start.

Thursday 18 December


Known as 'The Voice' Nicky Moore is without doubt one of the very best blues singers on the music scene today, delivering spine-tingling ballads and hard-rocking numbers equally well… His superb line-up is Timmy Moore and Danny Kyle on guitars, Ed Collins on drums and Pete Shaw on bass. An all-rocking band!

Boogaloo Promotions - tel: 01252 793430 /

Posted 20 Apr 2008


Ballads Before The Rain ~ Friday Music CD ~ FRM-1084

The legendary co-founder of The Doors, Ray Manzarek and the critically acclaimed slide/blues guitarist Roy Rogers have put their artistic minds together and have truly created a captivating new duet album for Friday Music entitled Ballads Before The Rain. The nine instrumental works that make up this debut album are sonically some of the finest recordings to be released this year, and we are very proud to have both of these fine gentlemen on board with this incredible new release.

Audiophile fanatics and fans alike will truly dig the amazing new takes on Doors classics like "The Crystal Ship" and "Riders On The Storm", as well as the other blues/jazz/classical tracks that define the utmost level of musicianship that each of these award winning composers/producers/performers display.

The much emulated keyboard technique of Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers' solid guitar work carry on throughout all of the works contained on this debut release. Not foreign to the classics, the two even combine their talents and visit Eric Satie's Gnossienne No. 1 as well as deep blue etchings from Roy Rogers himself on Remembering You and Ruby Red Nails.

Both Manzarek and Rogers tour extensively, as a duo and as soloists, or leading their own bands as Ray does with Riders On The Storm w/ Robbie Kreiger from The Doors, and Roy as Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings.

Ray Manzarek and Roy Rogers- Ballads Before The Rain: This historic meeting is now waxed and ready for their legions of collective fans to enjoy. A session fit for a king indeed!

Track Listing:

Gnossienne No.1

B.E. In Memorium

El Amor Brujo

Remembering You

The Crystal Ship

Love Is A Dangerous Place

Ruby Red Nails

Riders On The Storm

American Pastoral

List Price $14.98 ~ In Stores Now

Posted 20 Mar 2006

Dedicated Blues night every Tuesday

THE CRICKETERS ARMS, Coney Lane, Keighley, Yorks


Following the recent closure of Bradford's premier venue, The Melborn, which hosted gigs by up and coming musicians for the past fifteen years, The Real Ale Award Winning Cricketers Arms in Keighley have decided to take the ball and run with it!

John Mitchell, landlord of The Cricketers Arms, said "The lack of live venues in the Bradford District is restricting the development of local artists and talent. We feel that it's all good and well providing music training to young people, and encouraging them in the creative arts, but without tangible outlets and performance platforms, what are we giving them? So, we have decided to take the bull by the horns and start putting on, mainly, acoustic sets at the pub on a regular basis. It's quite a change for a small pub like ours, but we feel very strongly that Bradford has always had a tradition in new music and it'd be a real shame for that tradition to die. The more live music the better."

The Cricketers Arms starts it's live events on FEBRUARY 9th 2006, with Bradford-based band, REAL EYEZ, a trio of brothers who have performed within the Bradford region for many years. A soul/reggae fusion act, Real Eyez have had a recent residency at Bradford's The Love Apple, performed Bradford Festival 2005 and a recent music seminar at The Alhambra Studios, amongst other notable events.

Further local performances are to be announced.

In addition to the live events scheduled, The Cricketers Arms will add a new perspective to this years' Bradford Festival in that, for the first time in Festival history, there will be artists and performers at The Cricketers AS PART OF the Bradford Festival  more news to be announced.

For further information about The Cricketers Arms in Keighley, to enquire about forthcoming live events or to perform, please contact Jon or Vicky Mitchell on 01535 669912.

The Cricketers Arms is on Coney Lane in Keighley 5 mins from Keighley Rail & Bus Stations.

Email: / Website: http//

Posted 7 Mar 2006


We have received the following email from Barry Middleton regarding the future of Nottingham's world famous blues venue The Running Horse.

"As from April 3rd 2006 The Running Horse will be under new management, as for the music I can not say what will be happening, the new people have declined the offer of my list of contacts. However I shall be putting on Live Music featuring the bands we all know and appreciate at a venue less than a mile from The Runner. The current web site will be adapted to the new venue and the mailing list will continue to inform you of the up and coming bands.

Thank you for your support over the years.

Barry Middleton

Posted 7 Mar 2006


Kevin Thorpe's OUT OF THE BLUE

'Out Of The Blue was put together in 1994, by singer, guitarist and award winning songwriter Kevin Thorpe, to fulfil a one-off gig at the Colne Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival. They received such a rapturous audience reception that they decided to stick around.

Out Of The Blue respect the blues tradition but they like to stretch the outside of the envelope. They look beyond the tried and tested 12 bar formula to create a modern, thoroughly original sound that fuses jazz, rock and of course blues. Whichever way you chew it, their music, with Kevin Thorpe's gravel and grit vocals, definitely comes from the heart to stir the soul.

Lead guitarist Eddie Tatton is one of the hippest guitar players on the scene today, his inventiveness never ceases to amaze. Eddie's solos push back the boundaries of electric blues guitar, his unique style melding the poise of Robben Ford, with the grace of Larry Carlton to bring an unparalleled sophistication to Out Of The Blues' overall ensemble sound.

In addition Out Of The Blue have the very gifted keyboards player Jon Dyke ( Elkie Brooks Band, Patricia Kaas, Larry Garner Band) and a dynamic rhythm section with Nigel Lobley on drums and Jeremy Meek on bass (Paul Carrack, Joan Armatrading), making them, for the discerning blues punter, the most rewarding live aesthetic experience available.' Scott Duncan, Blues in Britain Magazine.

Out Of The Blue have played major club and theatre dates all over the UK and Europe and regular guests on the Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio 2. Kevin has played in the USA with Paul Rishell and Annie Raines at various Eastern Seaboard venues including the prestigious House of Blues in Boston; for these dates the band was augmented by guitar legend Ronnie Earl.

In February 2001 Kevin and Eugene "Hideaway" Bridges gave four performances at The Budweiser Low Country Blues Festival in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Out Of The Blue have toured the UK and European festival circuit with appearances at Burnley Blues Festival, The Great British RnB Festival at Colne, Oxford, London, Edinburgh Jazz Festival,GuinnessTemple Bar Blues in Dublin, Chalons-en-Champagne, Cognac and Coutances.

Out Of The Blue have also opened for the late Junior Wells, Robert Cray, Larry Garner, Robben Ford, Sherman Robertson, Peter Green and Tracy Nelson. OOTB were the choice of backing band for Phillip Walker and also the legendary Memphis Horns at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, the Temple Bar Festival and subsequent tour of Europe.

Out of the Blue have two albums available on the Armadillo label: 'Blues In A Bottle' [ARMD 00002] and 'Shadowplay' [ARMD 00012]

Tel +44(0)1777 702402 +44(0)775 362 5518

More info and reviews:

Full MP3s

Posted 17 Jan 2006

Tring Blues Festival 10th-12th March 2006

The Court Theatre at Pendley, Station Road, Tring, Herts HP23 4QZ

Advance tickets and enquiries Tel: 01296 634991

Friday 10th March  Dr Feelgood, The Heaters, The Krissy Matthews Band

Saturday 11th March (12  3pm) The Robin Bibi Band hosting Jam

Saturday 11th March (evening) Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, Big Dez, Roadhouse, Del Bromham

Sunday 12th March (daytime 11am  4.30pm) Guitar & CD Sunday  CD & guitar sales plus guitar workshops and demonstrations

Sunday 12th March (evening) Little Toby Walker, David Bristow

Press Release ~ 16th January 2006

Tring Has The Blues

Rocking the Blues will once again stage the annual, popular Tring Blues Festival in 2006, over the weekend of 10  12th March. The event has a superb array of blues artists and bands commencing on Friday 10th March with Dr Feelgood. Formed in the 1970's, Dr Feelgood has become one of the most popular live Rhythm & Blues acts in the world, still thrilling the crowds with the vitality of their explosive live shows. Support on the evening comes from Essex blues band The Heaters, playing a mixture of blues from all the greats and The Krissy Matthews Band featuring the extraordinary talents of 13 year old blues guitarist Krissy Matthews from Bicester.

On Saturday 11th March, there is a Blues Jam on Saturday lunchtime hosted by one of London's finest guitarists, Robin Bibi and his Band. In the evening, internationally renowned Paul Lamb & the King Snakes, take to stage for some rousing Chicago style blues unlike no other outside the US. Back by popular demand, Paul Lamb is hailed by aficionados around the world as Europe's foremost blues harmonica exponent. Paul Lamb & The King Snakes create a live experience that few bands the world over can imitate. "5 times voted best UK blues band". Also, on the Saturday evening bill is the band Big Dez. Awesome 'Parisian Texan' style blues band with the larger than life hot guitar playing of Phil Fernandez. After recording two albums in Texas they are on their first UK Tour. "Fernandez¹s slashing guitar combines Albert Collins¹ icy tension with Johnny 'Guitar' Watson¹s metallic crunch" - Blues Revue USA. Completing the Saturday night line up is the rocky band Roadhouse and Stray's lead guitarist Del Bromham with his acoustic blues show.

Sunday 12th March daytime, sees the return of the 'Guitar & CD Sunday' with guitars, basses and related items for sale alongside cd dealers selling a comprehensive range of cds There are guitar demonstrations including workshops with Little Toby Walker, Papa George, plus harmonica workshops with Storm Warning's Son Maxwell. Top British bluesman, Papa George, will perform at lunchtime (1pm - 2pm) a range of self penned blues songs and well known blues numbers on his National Steel guitar.

To round off an excellent weekend of blues Little Toby Walker, Memphis International Blues Challenge Award winner from New York City, plays in the evening supported by David Bristow. Little Toby Walker is an exceptionally gifted fingerstyle guitarist, singer, songwriter and storyteller whose music draws from traditional and contemporary blues, roots music, western swing and ragtime. A remarkable, humorous and entertaining storyteller, Toby paints pictures of his travels to Mississippi, Arkansas, Virginia, and North Carolina in the minds of each member in the audience as he tells them how he learned the blues at the feet of many old time blues musicians.

Further information and advance tickets for individual Tring Blues Festival events and hospitality packages (from £39 to include evening ticket, signed cd, buffet and complimentary drink with live blues pianist at The Pendley Manor Hotel) call 01296 634991. Alternatively, you can purchase from Rocking the Blues, a 2 night hotel package to include all tickets from £109 at Rose & Crown Hotel, Tring or from £159 at the 4 star Pendley Manor Hotel 100 yards from the venue. Hotel prices are per person based on 2 sharing. Single rooms and one night hotel packages are available on request. All Tring Blues Festival information is available at


Posted 12 Jul 2005


CONTACT: Miki Nord / Charles 'Rags' Ragsdell / Jack 'Sulli' Sullivan / Nancy 'Nanner' Tresnak

Phone: (651) 488-6671 / Email:

UTR booking agency, 1961 Rice St., Roseville, Minnesota 55113-6805


In a continued effort to help "Keeping The Blues Alive", Miki and Jed Nord, managing partners of Under The Radar music group, announced today the creation of Under The Radar booking agency. Under The Radar music group is a full service musician support company founded on 26 years of top-flight industry experience and management. We recognize and respect the needs of all artists, signed and unsigned. Bottom line, musicians need to be free to create and be unencumbered by the mundane aspects of the music business. The creation of Under The Radar booking agency helps complete Miki and Jed's vision of offering artist full-service support.

This is a collaborative effort by several individuals committed to helping artists share their talent with their fans. By taking a proactive stance with the press and the use of other creative marketing tools, they also anticipate increasing revenues for the venues their artists work with.

The UTR booking agency consists of:

Miki Nord: Miki is one of the most successful managers in the blues music industry. The mere mention of her name elicits responses such as "Oh Miki, she's wonderful," "I love her," "She is so much fun," "She is a smart business woman,"  Well, you get the picture! With over 26 years of service in this industry, working with blues greats Luther Allison, Tommy Castro, Jonny Lang and Susan Tedeschi (to mention a few), Miki has truly paid her dues while remaining loyal to her principles of fairness and a dynamic work ethic. Her experiences in the music industry has taught Miki many things and given her clear insight as to what is needed to help "Keeping The Blues Alive." It is her vision that brought together the collaboration that is Under The Radar booking agency. Miki and her husband Jed spend their free time with their family, and visiting blues festivals and clubs.

Charles 'Rags' Ragsdell: Rags started his musical journey at the age of seven, learning to play trumpet and clarinet as his older brother and sister took lessons. Rags would borrow their instruments after school, and had learned enough to play both proficiently before starting beginning band class. Rags went on to study music education at Arkansas State University, and then traveled extensively as a musician and sound engineer before getting out of the music business in the late 1970s. He became a very successful sales and marketing executive, eventually founding his own company, The Futurity Group, in 1997. Despite the business successes, Rags always wanted to get back to the music industry. To satisfy that urge, Rags became heavily involved in the Kansas City Blues & Jazz and Spirit Festivals, the Kansas City Blues Society, and the Blues Foundation, and was a Blues DJ on 90.1 FM KKFI for several years. Rags looks at UTR as the perfect way to once again become involved in the music industry, while still making use of his corporate experience. Rags and his wife Lori spend their free time traveling to photograph blues festivals.

Jack 'Sulli' Sullivan: Sulli is not only a great blues harp player, he also has over thirty years of experience in circulation sales for large publishing houses such as Hearst Publications. The support of live music has always been a first love of Sulli's, and as a contributing writer for, Sulli has gained a unique education as to the challenges faced by both the bands and their supporting venues. By using his extensive marketing background, Sulli views UTR as the perfect way to help both the artist and venues to continue to prosper and contribute to "Keeping The Blues Alive." Sulli spends his free time chasing a little white ball around the links, as well as chasing after that next great interview for BluesWax.

Nancy 'Nanner' Tresnak: Nanner has always had a fondness for music and travel, and is one of the founding partners in the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. Nanner spent over 20 years developing networks and systems in the telecommunications and retail industries. As technology grew into our everyday life, she tried to marry her passion for music and her system design abilities to help Roger and Julia Naber evolve the web presence for the Grand Emporium. Nanner feels her experience with the Blues Cruise will be beneficial to our artists and the venues they play in. Nanner spends her free time with her cats Garbo and Prudence, and socializing while listening to great blues music!

UTR booking agency is proud to represent for immediate club, theater and festival bookings:

Daniel 'Slick' Ballinger, The Imperial Crowns, Earl Thomas, Tom Hambridge, Michael Powers, Mark Hummel and the Blues Survivors, Sylvie Lewis, Syl Johnson, Omar and the Howlers, Aynsley Lister, The Blues Caravan Tour (Ruf Records) and in cooperation with Blue Mountain Artists, The Reverend Billy C. Wirtz.

You can learn more about Under The Radar booking agency and the artists they represent at

Posted 10 Dec 2004


LONG BEACH,CALIFORNIA - N2BN, the Into-Blues Network, is now undergoing final systems testing according to its creator, Gary Wagner, who is preparing to officially launch N2BN operations beginning January 15th, 2005. Test programming is running currently, powered by hardware and software made by Apple Computer. gets you there.

N2BN's primary focus will be to promote Blues education on a global scale by running a full-time internet audio stream server with the mission of Cultural Enrichment through Worldwide Education about Blues. Wagner said, "N2BN will be a resource for blues-based music and information programs delivered from many different points of view and originating from many different geographical locations."

To jump-start this process, N2BN has decided to open it's Worldwide Broadcast Platform to any interested affiliates of the Blues Foundation, including the Blues Foundation itself. Wagner announced today that N2BN is going to give FREE ACCESS to each of the Blues Societies or other Blues entities that choose to participate.

Blues Foundation members and affiliates will soon have the opportunity to broadcast their own live 1 or 2-hour weekly Blues radio program over N2BN. The time could be used used to play CDs, play live music, present information, promote memberships, broadcast interviews or other events, whatever the group desires, so long as it pertains to blues in some way. Of course, that can sometimes be a matter of opinion, Wagner admitted, but for the most part he says there will be few restrictions. "A record company specializing in Blues could have a weekly show to showcase their new releases, or a blues artist wanting to be heard could just play and sing live for example. In any event if licensed music is played a small licensing fee may be applicable."

Your broadcast would originate from any location you choose (you'll need a broadband internet connection) and would be sent live to the N2BN studio via peer-to-peer internet hookup. The programming can be from shows that are already being aired locally (simulcast) or on the net (multicast) or new shows done just for this project. Wagner stated that N2BN will help broadcasters as needed with advice on acquiring and/or configuring computers or anything that might be needed to create your audio signal and send it to their Broadcast Center. From there the signal goes to the "transmitter," the main server where everyone connects, which Wagner says has enough bandwidth for thousands of simultaneous listeners.

Wagner knows more than just a little bit about both Blues and broadcasting, He was the host of the popular Blues radio show "Nothing But The Blues" in Los Angeles from 1992 to 2001. His show racked up a 4.1 L.A. Metro share with a 61,000 AQH. He holds the record for the highest rated locally-produced program in the history of public radio, as well as the record for pledge drive fund raising, selling over 115 memberships of $200 or more for a total of over $28,000 raised in less than one hour. All from a quirky little 8,000 watt college-based FM radio station.

website: / email:


Posted 6 Jan 2004

Guernsey Blues Festival 2-4 April 2004

MICHAEL MESSER & ED GENIS (concert & workshops) / NATIONAL DEBT (great roots/country/blues band) - COBO BAY HOTEL / ST JAMES, GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS

Weekend Workshops with Michael and Ed, Preferential hotel rates etc

Full details from

Posted 4 Jan 2004

Barton Blues & Roots Club

at the Carnival, Barton on Humber, Lincolnshire

The Carnival Inn is no stranger to live music, having hosted numerous high profile concerts and dances over the past year. Landlord Steve Lewis is a blues & roots fan and is hoping to build up a regular following in this bustling town, situated on the south bank of the Humber estuary and adjacent to the Humber Bridge.

The club will host the best of UK blues and roots artists on the third Friday in every month, and hopes to build up a regular clientele of blues & roots music lovers.

The inaugural event of this newly formed club takes place on Friday 16th January 2004, and features solo artist King Rollo.

King Rollo is a consummate guitarist and vocalist, and is widely known through-out the country for his authentic delivery of delta classics as well as his own compositions delivered with energy and passion. Every King Rollo concert is a hugely entertaining and satisfying event, and he has recently been heard on Paul Jones' Radio 2 rhythm & blues programme.

The Hull-based Freddie James Band is booked for Friday 20th February 2004.

Posted 25 Dec 2003

Sad news from Detroit

We have received the following sad news from Mike Boulan. If we recall correctly the Butler Twins appeared at Spilsby Theatre a few years back.

The Great Butler Twin and legendary harmonica blues man, my friend Clarence Butler passed away yesterday December 22nd. He is survived by his twin brother Curtis. No insurance, no money for a funeral.
Curtis & Clarence lived upstairs in the Attic Bar in Hamtramck. The Bar was also like a second home to them for many years. There will be a 1st wake, tribute and fundraiser for Clarence this Friday evening December 26th at the Attic from 5pm until late. Please if you have it in your heart this season to do a good deed please at come down and donate something - whatever you can- to Clarence Butlers fund at the Attic Bar in Hamtramck. The Attic Bar's Phone is 313-365-4194. Spread the word.

Posted 6 Nov 2003


We have received the following email from Steve Arvey, telling us about his new CD 'West Side Heat Live at Blues On Grand'.

Greetings Steve Arvey Fans. I am proud to tell you about a great new CD that I have just released on My own independent record label. It is called 'West Side Heat Live at Blues on Grand'. This is a total high energy electric CD. It is a great Mixture of Rock based Blues and Funk. This is a great party record. We have just had our Release Party here in England and the CD has sold over 150 Copies in 10 days!!

For my fans that are on my e-mail list I can offer you this CD at the low price of $10 (this includes shipping!) For my UK Fans this will be 12 quid without shipping. Australian Fans $15 ozzie dollars without shipping . I am offering a 100% money Back ~ Guarantee!!

Feel free to listen to these Song samples - Stranded / Oh Lucky
These songs can be accessed at the Movin Music's
Steve Arvey webpages

Thanks so much for supporting my music!!
Cheers! Steve Arvey

Posted 6 Nov 2003



Ever wanted to play along with a world class blues band in the comfort of your own living room? Well now you can do just that! With PLAY THE BLUES you can put one of the three CDs in your CD player, pick up your guitar and PLAY THE BLUES!

This exceptional & versatile album can be used for fun, for practice or as an aid for music teachers. Learn some words and a guitar part and entertain your friends, or just pick up your guitar when you come home from work in the evening and PLAY THE BLUES!

Each of the 26 tracks on PLAY THE BLUES has been recorded to sound like an authentic blues recording from its respective period in history. Authentic vintage instruments and recording techniques were used to really get that classic blues sound, which so often gets lost in modern recordings. The music has been mixed in an intimate way to give you the feeling of being in the same room as the band.

Each track is indexed as two tracks  the first is a one or two verse version with a demonstration lead guitar solo as an example of the style in which you can play blues guitar with that particular track. Then you get the full version (without our lead guitarist) to play along with. The tracks vary in length from 5 to 10 minutes, allowing you, the guitarist, to really stretch out and PLAY THE BLUES with the band.

PLAY THE BLUES > Produced by Michael Messer


SE DATE 2nd October 2003

Posted 3 Sep 2003

Posted 16 Aug 2003

Bullfrog Blues Machine

2003 saw the release of 'Blue Tattoo', the latest CD from Dutch blues band Bullfrog Blues Machine. For further info about the band and CD visit the band's website at:


There is also a World Blues Link section with a wealth of interesting blues links that will take you on a tour round the world of blues via a host of countries!

The band's bass player Chris Janssen from Nijmegen, who is both musician and blues promoter also has his own website at:


~ Blues Link ~

Posted 16 Aug 2003


Phil Woodthorpe, who until Jun 2003 presented the monthly 'Rhythm'n'Blues' show on BBC Radio Lincolnshire has sadly had to give up presenting the show. Folk programme presenters Tom Lane and Mark Addison plan to continue a monthly Blues Diary on the first Wednesday of each month. This is broadcast between 6.30 - 7.00 pm on BBC Radio Lincolnshire (first Wed of the Month). Other updates may be included in Tom & Mark's weekly folk programme (broadcast Wednesdays ~ 6.30 - 7.00pm).

To include your event in the Blues Diary, email info to or tel 01205 750753 ~ Mark will also use information from the Fizgig website to help with compilation of his Blues Diary.

Posted 8 Aug 2003


An open invitation to all invoved with Blues in the UK. Are there common problems ? Will the Licensing Bill mean no more blues in your local venue. Do you feel the Blues is healthy in the UK ? An interest group meeting, ' The Blues in Britain' is to take place on 11th September at Lakeside Arts Centre as part of this year's MODAL Festival.

Promoters, agents, musicians ,labels, journals, web-masters......a panel led discussion on the state of British blues, it's development and it's future. A networking opportunity to air views, discuss problems and successes and share strategies at a difficult time for British Blues.

This session is followed by 'Audience Development-the Jazz Perspective' Times 2-3.30pm ' The Blues in Britain'

4-5pm 'Audience Development- the Jazz Perspective'. All interested in attending please email / / or call Paul 0115 9158606 / Kevin 0772 362 5518 or 01623 825714

Below is a programme of events for MODAL

Modal 2003 11th-14th September 2003

STOP PRESS - Estelle Morris confirmed as keynote speaker! The programme now looks like this:

Thursday 11th:

Interest group meetings including The Blues In Britain, Jazz Development, National Campaign for the Arts and Arts Council East Midlands


Opportunity to see La Musgana and Romano Drom in performance

Friday 12th:

ESTELLE MORRIS MP, newly appointed Minister for Arts will deliver the keynote address - you heard her here first!!

Panels include:


Scotland-Brazil A unique experiment to pitch together musicians representing a wide range of

musics from each country. Tamsin Austin (The Arches, Glasgow) explains what happened, why it was so

successful, and what the next step will be.


Debate on lessons we can learn from the changing shape of the industry in Europe with a panel including specialist record labels and distributors from the UK and Europe


International investment in music - the economic arguments Celtic Connections debate

Friday evening showcases from: BJ Cole, Eric Windrich, Dochas, Tom Arthurs' Centripede, Mr Gone, Yuseff, Fantazia, Love Grocer, Nizlopi, Derrin Nauendorf, Romano Drom and Willard Grant Conspiracy

Saturday 13th

Panels include:


Last year's festival throughout the East Midlands highlighted the music and cultures of displaced people, this year Refugee Week has been a huge national success. What next ? Are there lessons to be learned by us all as we strive for greater cultural diversity and understanding.

Panellists include: Lucy Crompton (Refugee Week) and Bea Tobolewska and Beth Noble (Long Journey Home)


Everyone wants to play in the UK and very often there's substantial funding available to help overseas artists to do this. But what happens when a UK artist wants to play overseas ? Is it a level playing field or biased towards certain musics outside our sector ?

Panellists include Janine Irons (Dune Records)


Julia Payne's recent AFO report into the economic significance of festivals paid dividends for the Bridgnorth Folk Festival. Could it help you ?

Panellists include: Julia Payne (The Hub), Alan Surtees (Bridgnorth Festival)


Marketing in an urban area faces different challenges to a rural area and vice-versa, true or false ? If it's true then what lessons can be learned. If it's false then who's got the best new ideas ?

Panellists include Pete Mustill (Broad Sheep/Mid Border Arts), Paul Boakye

(Editor , Mark Ringwood (agent/promoter/broadcaster)

Also Licensing Law and Communications Bill debate

Saturday evening showcases from: Mark Latimer, Kevin Brown and Moussa Kouyate, JC and Angelina Grimshaw, Tomorrow's Warriors, Lob, Aida Nadeem's Ethnic Synthetic, Weird MC, La Sonera Calaveras, Nigel Burch, Horse, Fatman Kicks Cat and Balogh Kalman

Sunday 14th

Plenary session, conference report backs and resolutions Sunday lunchtime showcases from Trevor Watts and Magic Car

ALSO: Surgeries on presentation skills, legal matters and business skills

MODAL EXPRESS: For delegates travelling from London to Nottingham we can also offer the Modal Express train at a bargain rate of 15 pounds return. Book by calling Lakeside on 0115 846 7777 or see the Modal website: / Further information from: 0870 243 0278 or

Posted 22 Jul 2003

The European Blues Association - 'Acoustic Blues Weekend'

South Hill park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berks.

Tel 01344 484123

Friday 28th - Sunday 30th November 2003

Classes, jamming, performances. Tutors: Ben Hewlett - Blues harmonica / Michael Roach - Beginner's blues guitar / Rick Payne - Master class country blues and bottleneck guitar.

For more info visit: / Rick Payne -

Posted 24 Apr 2003

The Earthwise Company

Aspiring to the special things in life; Good food, good music, good company.

The Earthwise Company (ltd) is a Lincolnshire based company who would like to welcome you to Bank Farm licensed bar, real food café and restaurant (Anderby road, Chapel St. Leonard's, Skegness). Good food and ethical trading that will be of direct benefit to the local community, British farmers, the environment and third world producers.

We had hoped to be totally organic, and in the main we will be, but we had to weigh up the effect of food miles on the environment compared with buying non organic local produce. All our vegetables will be local organic (as available), our dairy produce locally produced and mostly organic, but unfortunately we could not find local organic suppliers of meat and therefore opted to buy top quality non organic Lincolnshire produce. We would welcome enquiries from local producers, both organic and conventional.

Any imported produce such as tea and coffee will be organic or fairly traded (or both) ensuring a good standard of living for third world producers. .

We have taken this trading position for several reasons. Firstly because we feel very strongly that business and sustainability can be shown to go hand in hand and that making a profit need not be at the expense of the environment, animal welfare or our health.

It is important that we support our local producers, not only because it makes long term economical sense to do so but also because it is the profitability of these local producers that determines the future of our local communities. Our local communities are increasingly precious. It is also important that we support third world producers through fair trade rather than through free trade. Fair trade gives the poorest people in the world the chance to be self reliant, to fully support their dependents and to educate their children.

More and more people are choosing organic food not just because they want food that tastes better than the fast food we have become accustomed to but also as a means of protecting their family's health at the same time as safeguarding the health of the environment and we support their decision entirely.

We feel that GM food does not offer the best options for our farmers, for our health or for our environment and therefore we will endeavour to ensure that all food served in our restaurant is GM free.

But Bank Farm is not all ethics and no pleasure! Far from it. We will be hosting live music at every opportunity from next month and we hope we will provide something for everyone's taste, both in food and in music. Our food menu varies from the conventional steak and chips to tapas and salsa and our music from jazz to reggae. Although we will be putting on some more well known musicians we are also looking for local musicians to come and play both in the bar and the restaurant, either during the day or in the evening, (outside when the weather is favourable) and would welcome enquiries from those who are interested . We will also be running a 'jam night' on Tuesday night's where local musicians come along and play and learn together and of course non musicians are welcome to come along and listen.

We want Bank Farm to be more than just another tourist venue and to that end we will actively support community involvement. . We are already planning local artist exhibitions and art classes and we are open to further suggestions. Of course our facilities can be used for private parties, weddings etc.

Most organic pre-packaged food that we use in the restaurant will also be for sale in our shop on the same premises.

Contact: Kate O'Connell, The Earthwise Company Ltd, Reg no 4690883

Wayback, Sea Road Anderby, Skegness, PE24 5YD

Tel 01507 490112 or from Bank Farm 01754 871445

Posted 24 Apr 2003


Tony Cook (landlord of local Inn) & Dr A. have formed Blues and Jazz by The Green. Details and forthcomming events on

Also The Falcon Hotel in Whittlesey nr Peterborough has started a Blues Club, 1st meeting Sat. 25th April and we are 1st up, should be a good bash. Maddy is the contact on 01733 351001

Posted 24 Apr 2003

Clive and Kicking ~ New Website for Bristol Boogie Woogie Blues Band

Clive and Kicking, Bristol's much loved boogie-woogie blues band, has a new website: The website gives details of the band, forthcoming gigs and audio samples.

Posted 24 Apr 2003

Southern Blues (Band) Update

Since their first appearance in September 2001, Southern Blues have become one of the most popular bands on the South Coast, packing venues whenever they play.

Performing a mixture of blues and rock 'n roll from Bo Diddley to ZZ Top, their unique blend of delta blues and pure rock simply has to be heard. From the beautifully smooth slide tones of a Fender Stratocaster to the screaming power of a Gibson Les Paul through Marshall valves, their power and energy is hard to beat.

In the last year they have supported The Brotherhood of Man at Bognor Live, played 'Live on the Lawn' at the Royal Norfolk Hotel, Bognor Regis and were the highlight of the Jubilee celebrations at Barnham in West Sussex, playing
to an audience of over 500 in Murell's Field.


Sat 26th - The Bersted Tavern, Chichester Road, Bognor Regis

Sat 10th - Family Treet, Bersted, Bognor Regis
Sat 17th - Bognor Yacht Club, Esplanade, Bognor Regis

Sat 7th Trax 11 (White Horse)Chichester Road, Bognor Regis
Sat 21st - The Cabin, Elmer Sands, Nr Bognor Regis

For latest details visit Southern Blues website

Posted 11 Apr 2003


2 - 4 MAY 2003

Following a brief period of time in the wilderness, east Northamptonshire now has its own folks, roots, blues and acoustic music festival.

The inaugral Raunds Music Festival takes place on May 2nd through May 4th in the village of Raunds (about in the middle between Peterborough, Cambridge, Kettering and Bedford)

Featuring award-winning artists of national acclaim including Waterson:Carthy starring Martin Carthy,
Norma Waterson and Eliza Carthy, Eddie Morton and The Bushburys together with Spiers & Boden.

Along with a whole host of local bands, showcases, acoustic sessions, crazy workshops, dancing and other
fun things, it has something to offer all ages and tastes.

With ticket prices starting from only £3.00 and an all weekend ticket from £37, things are hotting up in

For a closer look at the programme, please visit

For further information on the festival, please contact Matthew Moody on 07764 359076 or leave a message on 01933 626678

Posted 9 Apr

End Of Sunday Blues in Hull

We have received the following Press Release from Freddy James:

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE DISSEMINATION ... After much deliberation it has been decided to discontinue the weekly Sunday Blues sessions. The appeal of the Sunday pm gig-slot in Hull was, perhaps, overjudged ... even when The Hull Daily Mail "got it right" for The Cadillac Kings appearance on 23 Apr (23rd March?), the turnout was disappointing, this despite a low-price ticket policy with concessions for the unwaged etc. Thanks go to everyone who has been involved with Sunday Blues over the past 6 months ... the bands & artists, the media, the venue and, most of all the small nucleus of Sunday afternoon Blueshounds who were determined to have a good time & to enjoy the excellent performances each week. This coming Sunday, the 13 Apr, will be the final Sunday Blues session featuring a second appearance by "Blues Basement".

Freddy James for:Sunday Blues

Posted 15 Mar 2003


The three finest young boogie woogie pianists in the land, BEN WATERS, DINO BAPTISTE & DAN McALLISTER take the stage for an evening of solo splendour and a key board extravaganza when all three will appear together and do "battle" at the BLACK BOTTOM CLUB in NORTHAMPTON

Tickets for this one off are a mere £12.50 apiece, available from Mick at or, Late bar till 2am ish.

Further details can also see info at

Posted 14 Mar 2003


Skegness based band The Melt are lead guitarist/vocalist Ashley Wilson, lead vocalist Trevor Bettison, drums/percussion Gavin Hill and newest member of the band Tom Latham on Bass.

The band is achieving a lot of interest and growing popularity amongst audiences locally and regionally, this year they are moving even further afield, taking their music as far as Maryport in Cumbria where they will be appearing at the annual nationally acclaimed Rock and Blues Festival in July 2003.

During January 2003 they recorded their debut CD at the Torch Recording Studios in Ascot, Berkshire. It features 9 tracks of original material and one cover, "Stop Breaking Down" which is a favourite at all the gigs. Such has the response been from audiences across the Midlands, to their own material, that the lads are already back in rehearsals writing new songs to add to the set.

Ash states " The reaction and feedback we have had on our travels since performing our own CD material has been great. This has encouraged us to move away from covers and work towards playing our own songs all the time."

"They say we are developing our own sound and style which is of course what every band works towards. If you ask me is it commercial, who knows? People decide what they like and what they do not like.

Buy the CD or come to one of our gigs then decide. I do want to say that what started out as a blues band has evolved into a band that has a far wider appeal."

The Melt will be appearing at The Shades, Skegness on Saturday 29th March, to launch their debut C.D. "The Melt". The band members will be at The Shades during the day promoting and selling the CD.

They will perform at the venue during the evening; their set will commence at 9p.m.

The CD will be priced at £9.99p, a full studio produced album (rather than a demo), "The Melt" is packaged with a 6 page booklet 51; photos etc. It was recorded, produced, mixed and mastered to the highest standards with Sean Lynch at Torch who has worked with numerous stars including Black Sabbath, the list is endless.

We have a gig at The Sun Inn, Saxilby on Friday 14th March 2003 and we are at The Axe and Cleaver,

Boston on Saturday 22nd March 2003.

Steve Wilson

Manager. (email for further details, bookings etc.

Posted 14 Mar 2003


The first "Tuesday Night Blues Club" event will take place at the Southern Hotel, Nell Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester on 25th March 2003 from 8pm onwards.

The night will be hosted by " Depot" and will run thus:

8:30-9:00 Depot

9:15-10:00 Open "spot" for those who wish to perform as a solo,duo or band or to jam with others.

10:15- 11:00 Depot

Depot is a blues duo made up of Mat Walklate on vocals, harmonica & flute and Andy Pyatt on guitars. Their 4-track demo is available, please ask and I will send one. I have also included a list of reviews of the Depot demo from around the blues world.

The club will run every Tuesday night and on most occasions it will run as outlined above with Depot being joined by Anthony Haller on double bass. A variety of special guests will also join us over the weeks.

The emphasis of the club will be towards the acoustic side of blues but we're not strictly pedantic. We will provide a P.A. system and guitars and acoustic basses will be available to borrow. There will not be a drum-kit on the stand but percussionists are welcome to bring their instruments.

One of our main aims is to make the club available to local, national and international blues performers. The open spot on a normal club night will offer local performers a platform to develop and publicise their material and should they wish to they can arrange to perform on a future Tuesday night as the headline act with Depot as support. National and international blues acts will also be able to headline at the club in the same way. I have already been in contact with a number of agents, promoters and performers and most have expressed an interest in appearing at the club within the next six months.

At present there is very little live blues in Manchester and we hope to redress this by creating a convivial, accessible and enjoyable weekly event to revivify the blues fans of Manchester and hopefully convert more people to the warmth of the blues. To this end we will have blues CDs and magazines on sale and a wealth of useful information for people to take away. We hope to have "Soul-Food" on sale and the room itself is comfortable and well designed for live music. And there's a bar!

The usual price of admission will be £3 but will probably increase if we have a touring European or American guest.

Tel ~ 0161 881 0071 / email

Posted 14 Mar 2003

Harmonica Shindig.

Mat Walklate (of The Moochers) will be hosting another afternoon devoted to all aspects of the harmonica on Sunday 23rd March at the Southern Hotel, Nell Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, between 1.30 and 4.30 pm.

The event will include demonstrations and discussions of the different styles of harmonica playing in Blues, Jazz and Irish traditional music and the makes and models of harmonicas used, focussing principally on diatonic, chromatic and tremolo instruments.

For the first time there will be showcase performances by blues bands The Moochers and Depot, Irish traditional bands The Gallery and Shannagh and jazz group The Andy Pyatt Quartet, all of course featuring the harmonica.

There will be sessions throughout the afternoon which will be open to all instrumentalists and an accomplished backing band will be present to support the players.

As before there will be a great deal of harp-related printed material, catalogues and information about harmonica services and societies for people to take away, and I will be available to answer questions and give advice.

Trade stands will be present allowing people to purchase harmonicas should they wish to.

This will be the seventh Shindig I have organised and I am sure that, like its predecessors, it will provide a friendly forum for meeting other harp players and learning more about the instrument.

Entry is £3 and includes a raffle with harmonicas, donated by Hering Hohner and Suzuki as prizes!

Tel 0161 881 0071 / email

Posted 14 Mar 2003


The 'Blues of the Month Club' is held usually on the first Saturday of every month at The Queens, Seaview Street, Cleethorpes and features blues bands from around the UK and USA. If you need any more info please contact 01472 601442, e-mail or the web site (link below)

Posted 14 Mar 2003

Blues at the Fort - 2003

Blues at the Fort will be held at Fort Purbrook, Portsmouth on 19 & 20 September 2003. Now in its fifth year at this great venue, Blues at the Fort brings you great music, masses of real ales, lagers, wine, etc and BBQ food, all in a huge marquee and at very realistic prices. All proceeds go to sports development in the Havant area and local charities. Line up as below: -

19 September

Andy Broad's Rhythm Kings / Motel Kings / Hamsters

20 September ~ Cryin Out Loud / King Earl Boogie Band / The Blues Band

Tickets go on sale in the Watch out for details on our web site

Ph: Gary tel 023 9247 9636 (home) / 023 9232 6754 (work) for further details.

Posted 5 Mar 2003


presented by MICHAEL ROACH

British based American blues guitarist Michael Roach is presenting a series of 3 programmes about the musical and cultural roots of the blues on BBC Radio 4. Deep Blue is broadcast between 1.30 - 2.00pm on Tuesdays. The first programme was on Tue 4 March, the second & third programmes will be broadcast on Tue 11 March and Tue 18 March at the same time.

Posted 27 Feb 2003

New Blues Club ~ Peterborough UK

For more info email:

Posted 27 Feb


Mat Walklate (of The Moochers) will be hosting another afternoon devoted to all aspects of the harmonica on Sunday 23rd March at the Southern Hotel, Nell Lane, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, between 1.30 and 4.30 pm.

The event will include demonstrations and discussions of the different styles of harmonica playing in Blues, Jazz and Irish traditional music and the makes and models of harmonicas used, focussing principally on diatonic, chromatic and tremolo instruments.

For the first time there will be showcase performances by blues bands The Moochers and Depot, Irish traditional bands The Gallery and Shannagh and jazz group The Andy Pyatt Quartet, all of course featuring the harmonica.

There will be sessions throughout the afternoon which will be open to all instrumentalists and an accomplished backing band will be present to support the players.

As before there will be a great deal of harp-related printed material, catalogues and information about harmonica services and societies for people to take away, and I will be available to answer questions and give advice.

Trade stands will be present allowing people to purchase harmonicas should they wish to.

This will be the seventh Shindig I have organised and I am sure that, like its predecessors, it will provide a friendly forum for meeting other harp players and learning more about the instrument.

Entry is £3 and includes a raffle with harmonicas, donated by Hering Hohner and Suzuki as prizes!

Posted 27 Feb


We have received details of an rock'n'blues / rock'n'roll club in Cardiff, Wales. Vistors to our site may find details of interest, so if you live in south Wales / West country or are travelling or working in the area, why not go along and support the MS1 Club.

Here are details of forthcoming gigs:

This coming Sunday the 2nd we have Ex-Rolling Stone 'Mick Taylor' playing. Tickets are priced at £13.00.

We have 2 very impressive tribute bands lined up on Saturday the 8th of March - Bootleg Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin tribute) and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath tribute). Tickets are priced at £8.00.

Roger Chapman is playing on Friday 21st of March. Tickets are priced at £13.00.

A Whole Lotta AC/DC are playing on Saturday 22nd of March. Tickets are priced at £6.00.

Nik Turner's Space Ritual are playing on Monday the 24th of March. Tickets are priced at £11.00.

Stan Webb's Chicken Shack are playing on Thursday the 27th of March. Tickets are priced at £9.00.

Dumpy's Rusty Nuts are playing on Saturday the 29th of March. Tickets are priced at £7.00.

Chris Farlowe is playing on Sunday the 30th of March. Tickets are priced at £10.00.

Our Web Site is located at:

Contact : Tom, MS1 Event Promoter, The MS1 Club, Tel: (029) 20 301000 / Fax: (029) 20 303727 / E-Mail:

Posted 12 Feb


We have received info about a Specialist blues CD music website, check it out at:

They also operate a mail order system for customers without access to the web, or who are still nervous about buying on line. To keep customers informed of our new releases and special offers we produce a quarterly catalogue and would be happy to send you a few copies for distribution to your club members at gigs, etc.

Posted 19 Jan 2003

RICK PAYNE ~ Music on TV (Sun 19 Jan)

Those who have seen Rick playing at Spalding Blues Club a while back may be interested to know that he does a lot of incidental music for BBC TV and that next up is Sunday 19th Jan 6.30 Natural World 'Killer Bees' - listen out!

Posted 12 Dec


Larry Ladon is an internationally known blues artist from Nashville, TN. He has performed for the Blues Estafette, as well as the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland. Check out his website by clicking below.

Posted 12 Dec


We have some exciting news! January will see the opening of our website. We will gradually be putting as much info as possible on it, including a page for each band member, news, reviews, photos of venues (so "you" maybe on our website!), our music (eventually), links to other interesting sites, and of course THE GIG DATES.

So please visit in the New Year.

February we will be recording our first CD as "The Phil Brodie Band"!!! And putting some of our music onto the website!

Hope to see you at some of the below venues, and please visit our new website in 2003. For now have a wonderful Christmas and hope you have a Happy New Year70;70; Phil, Neil, Gez & Bev


Fri Dec 13th...... G 'n' T Bar,Hoyland. Nr Barnsley

Fri Dec 20th 70;70; Boot 'n' Shoe, Ackworth, Nr. Wakefield

Sat Dec 21st 70;70; Pattsel Hall ( Private )

Sun Jan 5th70;70;70;.Bold Foresters, Botany Ave, Mansfield, 9pm start,

Wed Jan 8th70;70;70;.Woodseats Hotel, Sheffield

Fri Jan 10th70;70;..,The Greyhound. Dronfield

Thur Jan 30th70;70; White Lion, Heeley, Sheffield

Sat Feb 8th70;70;70;Chesters, Whittington Moore, Chesterfield

Fri Feb 14th70;70;..The Leopard, Doncaster

Fri Mar 14th70;70;..Lockwood, Nr Huddersfield

Thur Mar 27th70;70;..Green Dragon, Kimberworth.

Sun Mar 30th70;70;..Clowne Blues Club, Clowne

Sun April 6th70;70;70;Bootleggers, Cleethorpes 5pm start (01472 690050)

Sat April 19th70;70;.New Inn, Marsden, Nr. Huddersfield


Posted 5 Nov


Mansfield Palace Theatre - Saturday 9th November, 7.30pm

CLASSIC CLAPTON! The World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band, featuring Clapton clone Mike Hall will be making their Mansfield debut at The Palace Theatre on 9 November.

They will perform all of EC's classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads,

I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine and of course Layla! There will even be an "UNPLUGGED" segment.


The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle upon Tyne. In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, they have a front man who not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too!

In 1999, Mike won a national look-alike competition held at Madam Tussauds in London. Mike has met Slowhand twice, and even received a message of encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).

CLASSIC CLAPTON! have toured all over England, Scotland & Ireland including numerous sell-out shows. This year they have even appeared at The Royal Festival Hall, London, Belfast Waterfront Hall and Glastonbury Festival. Classic Clapton have recently been invited to undertake a tour of China.

They will be performing at The Palace Theatre, Leeming Street, Mansfield on Saturday 9 November at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10 (concessions £9) from the box office - Tel: (01623) 633133. This will be their first concert Mansfield although they have previously performed very successful shows at Newark Palace Theatre and Worksop Regal Centre. Fans are advised to book early.

The band comprises 4 excellent musicians:- Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar), Ray Snowdon (keyboards/backing vocals), John Forster (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Lloyd Howell (drums). They have released a CD entitled "THE MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON" which contains brilliant cover-versions of 17 Clapton Classics and can be purchased at their concerts or from the email address listed below.

TYNE TEES TELEVISION were so impressed by the band that they made a programme about them, called 'COVER THEIR TRACKS'. They filmed one of their concerts in front of nearly 600 ecstatic fans. It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition.

Eric Clapton has been a major international star since the mid 1960's, when he revolutionised electric guitar playing, with his virtuoso performances in The Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers and Cream. In February 2002, he received a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental - ''Reptile'' the title track from his last album. He has a new live album ''One More Car, One More Rider'' released in November.

Last year, Eric and his girlfriend celebrated the birth of a baby daughter. They married on New Year's Day 2002 on the same day as the baby's christening. They are now expecting a second baby. Slowhand has suggested that his 2001 World Tour may be his last, allowing him to spend more time with his family. If fans want to hear all of his hits played live, they really should attend a CLASSIC CLAPTON! concert.

Should you require more information please do not hesitate to contact Mike Hall on:-

      Telephone:- 07860 510948 or (0191) 286 1441

Posted 4 Nov


12 Ben Jonson Close, Torquay, Devon, TQ2 6BT, England

Phone/Fax:+44 (0)1803 615277 Mobile:+44 (0)7736 731561 ~ E-mail:

31 October 2002 ~ Press Release

Following the break-up of British rhythm & blues favourites The Nightporters, a new booking agency and management company has been formed by the band's former guitarist Martin Vowles. Rockola Concerts & Management will be representing high quality touring blues and roots acts from around the world. An exclusive management deal has just been signed with the young British acoustic blues sensations Sugarland Slim. Festival appearances and tours are currently being booked for them and the following artistes for 2003:-

Two Timers (UK) - All year & festivals

Memo Gonzalez & The Bluescasters (USA) - March & festivals

The Bruce Katz Band (USA) - March / April & festivals

The Wentus Blues Band (FIN) - April / May & festivals

Sean Costello (USA) - July

Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat (USA) - September

Anyone interested in the above acts should contact Martin on 01803 615277 or E-mail:

Posted 4 Nov


PO BOX 129, Newton Abbot, TQ12 1ZB. England ~ Email:



On the 19th of September 2002, after 9 years together and around 1000 shows performed, The Nightporters made the decision to disband. For such a popular act, who were generally regarded as one of the leading rhythm & blues attractions in Europe, this was obviously not an easy decision to make. The band members are coming off the road for a little while to concentrate on new projects and feel that finishing The Nightporters whilst "at the top" was the preferable option to a slow wind down.

The spirit of band was always one of fun and enjoyment whilst taking their music very seriously, they did things in their own inimitable style, creating a very unique, entertaining and exciting live experience that many will not forget.

The band are extremely proud of their many achievements and made countless friends in the 22 countries that they visited and would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has helped, supported, laughed and drunk with them over the years.

The blues scene will be a different place without them but rest assured, it may not be the last you hear from the individual band members, so, as they say... watch this space!

Their website ( will continue to operate for now to give fans a chance to express their thoughts and memories of the band, all messages will be posted up on a regular basis

Posted 10 Sep 2002


Regal Centre, WORKSOP - Friday 20 September

CLASSIC CLAPTON! The World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band, featuring Clapton clone Mike Hall will be making their very first appearance in Worksop on 20 September.

They will perform all of EC's classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine and of course Layla! There will even be an "UNPLUGGED" segment.


The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle upon Tyne. In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, they have a front man who not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too!

In 1999, Mike won a national look-alike competition held at Madam Tussauds in London. Mike has met Slowhand twice, and even received a message of encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).

CLASSIC CLAPTON! have toured all over England, Scotland & Ireland including numerous sell-out shows. Last year they appeared at Clapton's Fan Club Convention. Their 2002 tour included The Royal Festival Hall and Belfast Waterfront Hall. It culminated in a triumphant appearance at Glastonbury Festival in June 2002. They have recently been invited to undertake a tour of China.

They will be performing at The Regal Centre, Carlton Road, Worksop on Friday 20 September at 8pm. Tickets are £10 (concessions £8) from the box office - Tel: (01909) 482896. This will be their first ever concert in Worksop. Fans are advised to book early.

The band comprises 4 excellent musicians:- Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar), Ray Snowdon (keyboards/backing vocals), John Forster (bass guitar/backing vocals) and Lloyd Howell (drums). They have released a CD entitled "THE MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON" which contains brilliant cover-versions of 17 Clapton Classics and can be purchased at their concerts or from the email address listed below.

TYNE TEES TELEVISION were so impressed by the band that they made a programme about them, called 'COVER THEIR TRACKS'. They filmed one of their concerts in front of nearly 600 ecstatic fans. It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition.

Eric Clapton has been a major international star since the mid 1960's, when he revolutionised electric guitar playing, with his virtuoso performances in The Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers and Cream. In a recent Channel 4 TV programme ''Top 10 Guitar Heroes'', Slowhand was voted greatest living guitar hero. In February 2002, he received a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental - ''Reptile'' the title track from his last album.

Last year, Eric and his girlfriend celebrated the birth of a baby daughter. They married on New Year's Day 2002 on the same day as the baby's christening. Slowhand has suggested that his recent world tour may be his last, allowing him to spend more time with his family. However, he made a brief appearance at The Queen's Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace on 3 June.

If fans want to hear all of his hits played live, they really should attend a CLASSIC CLAPTON! concert.

Should you require more information please do not hesitate to contact Mike Hall on:-

      Telephone:- 07860 510948 or (0191) 286 1441

Posted 27 Aug 2002


Flying in from San Francisco for just one gig (their first appearance in the UK for some 10 years!) the Tommy Castro Band took the Great British R&B Festival at Colne by storm on Bank Holiday Sunday, with their sensational blues / rock / soul sound.

For many in the audience, it was perhaps the first they'd heard of the band, after this performance the band left the Colne audience buzzing following their great show which included 2 encores, and gained many new fans!

Tommy's blistering guitar work, drive and energy coupled his ability to associate with his audiences are reminscent of Bruce Springsteen. Tommy's superb band features Randy McDonald (bass), Keith Crossan (sax) & Billy Lee Lewis (drums). The group have toured throughout the USA, chosen by artists such as BB King and John Lee Hooker as guest stars for their tours. Indeed the band's 2001 release 'Guilty Of Love' features John Lee's final recording session.

For further information about this exciting act head for the Tommy Castro Band's website by clicking on the link below, and when they return to the UK make sure your local arts centre / music venue books them and get along to see this sensational band!

Posted 30 Apr 2002


Info from Freddy James (Founder BWPS)

The Boogie-woogie Preservation Society held it's inaugural meeting on Thu 25 Apr & will continue to meet each Thu in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull.

Full details at:

Posted 26 Apr 2002

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We have received the following email press release from Ed at Blues Freepress.

Blues Freepress just published ISSUE 7 ( Featured Artist...Pinetop Perkins (Exclusive Interview & pics)...

The hottest Blues News on the planet...Blues lyrics... A Barbecue Bob item in this issue... Fun page... a hoot as ever...A glut of CD reviews... Shaky Ruth's regular insider Chicago report... And, as if that aint enough, our links section is beginning to be utilised as a 'Blues World Directory'...

All our back-issues are viewable & the archive gets bigger each time we publish a new issue...Our interactive gadgets (guestbook,forum,hit counter,free classified ads, mailing list) all now contracted in from are working beautifully & are beginning to be used as a handy free publicity platform...


Please note our email address has changed:


I must apologise to all who have had emails bounced back & undelivered at our main hotmail address. Sudden terminations at hotmail are not uncommon & this one happened during a period of hardware upgrade,

vacation & ISP changeover... If you find that you are listed in our Blues links directory then naturally we would appreciate a return link in your pages, if you don't see yourself listed then tell us & we'll slot you in.

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Posted 9 Apr 2002


Top blues / rhythm'n'blues band from Lancashire release their third full length CD during the summer of 2002, for details about the album and forthcoming gigs check out these Slack Alice webpages

Posted 9 Apr 2002


Nottingham's Running Horse venue is now in the hands of music loving landlords Barry and Sally who have recently refurbished the venue, adding a raised viewing platform, and some fresh coats of paint. The venue still retains the intimate atmosphere it was known for in the 90's. Barry and Sally have some great blues and rock nights coming up, check out the Running Horse website for details.

Posted 9 Apr 2002


Web home of the The Dorset Blues Society. DBS is a not-for-profit club for blues lovers everywhere and particularly for those visiting or living in the Dorchester and Weymouth areas.

Made up entirely of volunteer blues enthusiasts from top to bottom our sole aim is to promote and keep the blues alive in this little southwest corner of England (and have fun doing it!).

Posted 25 Mar 2002

Blues Drummer Wanted!

Hi. How old are you ? ~ What level are you playing at ?

We need a very good blues drummer to fulfill dates on a Europe tour in May, Interested in auditioning ?

Email Martin Trimble:

Posted 4 Mar 2002

BIG BO McGEE (1928 - 2002)

We have received the following email from the Alabama Blues Project regarding Big Bo McGee, who with Little Whitt made 3 memorable appearances in Lincolnshire, at the Lincoln Imp - Scunthorpe, Spilsby Theatre and an acoustic concert at the Eagle Lodge Hotel in Woodhall Spa in the spring of 1995. We'd like to offer our condolences offer our condolences to Bo's family & friends and we're sure we speak on behalf of the blues fans of our area too at this sad time.

Sunday, March 3, 2001 ~ For immediate release:

At 2 pm today the Alabama Blues Project received the tragic news of the death of Alabama blues musician Big Bo McGee. Bo was found dead Sunday morning at his home in Eutaw, Alabama. His death is a tragic loss that will be felt by his friends, fellow musicians and fans around the world. Big Bo will also be missed by the many children whose lived he touched through his work with the Alabama Blues Project blues education programs.

Big Bo was born October 9th, 1928, in Emmelle, Alabama. He liked to joke that he was born in Alabama and Mississippi since his family's log house lay right across the state line. He said he used to sleep in Mississippi and eat breakfast in Alabama.

Big Bo learned to play harmonica from his grandmother Emma Williams who was a locally well-known juke joint harp player and singer. Big Bo said that he never heard anyone who could play better than she could. She bought him his first harmonica for 25 cents when he was just five years old. Bo liked to practice for hours sitting in the pantry where he said the "sound wouldn't get away from me." At first Bo said he really did a lot of "squeaking and squawking...but after a while Grandma straightened me out. She always said, 'I want you to have your own style, you go out there and play what you feel. When you put your feeling into it then it got a meaning.'" Eventually, Emma Williams took Bo, age 10, to a local juke joint, sat him up on the piano and launched a blues career that spanned sixty years.

In his early years he continued to play local juke joints, house parties, box suppers, and family reunions. Blind Lemon Jefferson and Washboard Sam were the first blues musicians he remembered hearing on records. He also listened a lot to "those hillbillies like Eddie Arnold and Jimmy Rogers." Big Bo always cited Little Walter as his biggest influence after his grandmother.

In the early 1950s Big Bo joined forces with guitar player and singer Little Whitt Wells and called their band the House Rockers. Big Bo worked various day jobs including what he called a "suicide jockey," transporting hazardous chemicals and explosives. It was not until he was retired at 65 that he hit the road full-time and toured Europe with Little Whitt Wells.

His list of accomplishments includes two tours of Europe, playing Alabama blues in Ireland, Scotland, England, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Holland, and Belgium. His CD, Moody Swamp Blues, recorded with Little Whitt Wells, was picked as CD of the Year in 1995 by Scott Duncan, editor of Britain's Blueprint Magazine. He has performed on many radio and television programs including one on the BBC in England and one on the popular public radio program, "Whad'Ya Know?" hosted by Michael Feldman. He has always been a wonderful musical ambassador from our state. Bo McGee has performed at some of the major blues festivals in the world including the most prestigious one, the Chicago Blues Festival. He received the Alabama Blues Project's Alabama Blues Ambassador Award in 2000. In 2001 he was the recipient of the prestigious State of Alabama Folk Heritage Award.

The Alabama Blues Project together with the Alabama Blues Society have set up a Bo McGee Burial Fund to assist the family with funeral expenses.

Tax deductible donations can be sent to: The Alabama Blues Project - Bo McGee Funeral Fund

2620 2nd Street E Tuscaloosa, AL 35404

The Alabama Blues Society has been planning their 10th anniversary blues show which was to celebrate Johnny Shines' life and benefit the ABS Benevolent Fund. Microwave Dave and the Nukes, Kent Duchane, Candy Shines, Debbie Bond, and Tommy Gardner were scheduled to play. In the light of this tragic news, all proceeds will go to benefit Bo McGee's funeral fund, and the lineup will no doubt increase as more musicians volunteer to help raise funds. The benefit will be held at the Cotton Club in downtown Tuscaloosa, April 20th. For more information phone 205-339-6547.

Asked to describe his music Bo replied, " I play the real Alabama blues, the heart of the blues, the core, the real thing from the real people raised and born into the blues. It's an everyday thing with me since childhood. The blues tells a story. You know everybody got the blues. Old and young, black and white. Every livin' thing got the blues. The blues is everyday livin'. This music is a mind-pleaser and medicine for the soul. Music is kind of like a telegraph. When you get something heavy on your mind, your music is there to kind of calm you down. It is all about communication. When I play a song it's like I am reaching out to someone to communicate from my heart - not my head - its the heart that really counts. "

Posted 15 Feb 2002


A solid trio from the North West of England, The Cahonies play blues and R'n'B and cite influences as Stevie Ray Vaughan, the three Kings (Albert, Freddie and B.B), Buddy Guy as well as the rawer R'n'B of the early Stones & George Thorogood. The band originally formed as a side project of a 10 piece blues/soul band The Good Old Boys. Featuring Adrian Trelore (Guitar & Vocals), John (Bob) Gallacher (Bass & Cuban heels) and Phil Lister (Drums & wheels). You can see the band at the moment mostly touring in the North West of England, though they are keen to play further afield. Here is the latest gig list (as at 10 Feb 2002)

21/02/2002 Rose & Crown Ilkley
27/02/2002 John O'Gaunt Lancaster
02/03/2002 Appletree Workington
13/03/2002 Rose & Crown Ulverston
13/04/2002 Dickie Doodles Kendal
19/04/2002 Fighting Cocks Arnside
24/04/2002 Rose & Crown Ulverston
26/04/2002 Warehouse Penrith
11/05/2002 Appletree Workington
12/05/2002 Captain Nelson Maryport 4pm till 7pm
05/06/2002 Rose & Crown Ulverston
06/07/2002 The Talbot Burnley
26 - 28/07/2002 Maryport Blues Festival Venues and times TBA TBA
31/07/2002 Rose & Crown Ulverston
26/08/2002 Colne Blues Festival Colne Conservative Club 3:30pm
07/09/2002 The Talbot Burnley
11/09/2002 Rose & Crown Ulverston
31/10/2002 Rose & Crown Ulverston
04/12/2002 Rose & Crown Ulverston

Posted 7 Feb 2002


Harmonica player Ian Briggs has contacted us to tell us that now he is back playing full time, he now has a website where you can find out more details about Ian, including biography, forthcoming tours, tuition, merchanise, etc.

Posted 4 Feb 2002

JOHN JACKSON (1924 - 2002)

We were sad to hear of the death recently of great bluesman John Jackson. John was born in Virginia in 1924, John was undoubtedly the finest traditional Piedmont guitarist active in recent years. He exemplified the songster tradition at its best. His confident finger-picking, his infectious smile & contagious good humour marked his live performances as something special. His eclectic repertoire embraced the music of his guitar heroes Willie Walker, Blind Boy Fuller & most notably Blind Blake. Besides the blues, rags & dance tunes associated with these masters, Jackson played ballads, country songs & what he terms "old folk songs". We were lucky enough to see this marvellous performer twice on his visits to Lincolnshire, and were privileged to meet him socially at the promoter's home after one concert. An unassuming man, John asked us to sign the copy of Fizgig magazine which we gave to him, for his collection - to this day the only autographed copy of Fizgig in existence! John died on Sun 20 Jan 2002. We offer our condolences to his family & friends.

Posted 18 Jan 2002



First of all I must thank you for all your support over the past years and your continuing interest in my future projects. Besides playing some U.S dates with Bill Sheffield (see below) I'm also playing Bass on Bill
Sheffields forthcoming U.K tour along with Simon Kenevan, The Producers superb harmonica player and Sam Kelly, Britains premier blues drummer, I intend to keep the promotion of blues gigs and artists one of my foremost activities. As this nearly always leads to financial loss I once again ask for your support in helping to keep this special form of music and the artists that play it in the public eye. If you'd like any info on Blues Magazines, radio programmes (did you hear The Producers on Bill Wymans recent Radio 2 ' Bright Lights, Big City' blues prog?) etc, e-mail me <> all Producers and Harry Skinner+Dave Saunders albums can be purchased from me or the present website <> Bless you all and I hope to see you sometime, somewhere.

24 Thursday - Bill Sheffield Band, The Blue Raccoon Open Blues Jam
25 Friday - Bill Sheffield Band,The Peckerhead Brewery Douglasville Ga.
26 Saturday - Bill Sheffield Band, Poppers, Marietta Ga
27 Sunday - Insomnia, Atlanta (+ my birthday!!- Insomnia will be about right!)
31 Thursday - The Blue Raccoon Open Blues Jam

01 Friday - The Blue Raccoon, Marietta Ga
02 Saturday - Brewsters
03 Sunday - The Northside Tavern, Atlanta
07 Thursday - The Blue raccoon Open Blues Jam
Fri 8th - Bill Sheffield, Paul Lindmen, Dave Saunders + special guest Mr FRANK EDWARDS!. Blue Raccoon, Marietta. 770-426-6400 (92 yr old Frank is the real deal,singing and playing blues most of his life - an Atlanta legend!)
08 Fri - WRFG89.3 Atlanta Radio 'Good Morning Blues' UK Bob interview with Dave Saunders
09 Saturday - The Buffalo house, Woodstock
10 Sunday - Insomnia

Thur 28th - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders, David Hall Art Centre,SOUTH PETHERTON.Adv tickets from Box Office 01460 240340
Fri 1st - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders, Evershot Village Hall, EVERSHOT, Dorset. (Doors 8pm) 01935 83587 / 01305 263686
Sat 2nd - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders, Forest Art Centre, NEW MILTON, Hants............Adv tickets from Box Office 01425 619983
Sun 3rd - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders, Spalding Blues Club @ Red Lion, SPALDING ~ Further info c/o 01775 640535
Tue 5th - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders, 100 Club, Oxford St, LONDON ~ 0207 76360933
Wed 6th - Bill Sheffield + Simon Kenevan, Wyndham Arms, KINGSBURY EPISCOPI. 01935 823239
Thur 7th - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders,Borderline Blues Club @The Haygate, WELLINGTON, Nr Telford. Adv tickets c/o 01952 242616
Fri 8th - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders,Wrexham Rugby Club, WREXHAM....Tickets + further info c/o 01948 770215 / 01978 780105
Sat 9th - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders, Lochside Theatre, CASTLE DOUGLAS. Scotland.Adv tickets from Box Office 01556 504506
Sun 10th - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders, Wynd Theatre, MELROSE, Scotland.......Adv tickets from Box Office 01896 823854
Mon 11th - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders, Black Bull, BLAYDON Nr Newcastle upon Tyne Further info c/o 0191 4147459
Tue 12th - Bill Sheffield + his U.K Ringtail Rounders, Venue T/B/C
Wed 13th - Bill Sheffield + his Ringtail Rounders,Derby Rugby Club,Allestree DERBY ~ Further info c/o 01332 340795
Thur 14th - Bill Sheffield+his U.K Ringtail Rounders,The Brook,Portswood Rd SOUTHAMPTON ~ Adv tickets from Box Office 02380 555366
Fri 15th - T/B/C
Sat 16th - T/B/C
Sun 17th - T/B/C

Bill Sheffield hails from Atlanta, Georgia, and his first band 'Eastside Blues Band' performed with the likes of Big Mama Thornton,John Lee Hooker (bless him),T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters who later became Godfather to Bills daughter!. They also opened shows for both B.B and Albert King. From there he became vocalist for Roy Buchanon and toured over most of the U.S with Roy also featuring on the Polydor Record release 'In the Beginning'. In the mid 80's Bill formed 'The XL's' and as guitarist/vocalist he and the band appeared with Bonnie Raitt, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Stevie Ray Vaughn and became Georgias hottest band. In the early 90's he disbanded the XL's and collaborated with singer Liane Webb on the 'Real Time' album
which first bought him to the attention of U.K listeners having received much airplay both here and the rest of the world. He then turned his attention to the original delta blues that had influenced him from the start, Blind Willie McTell, Charley Patton, Blind Blake etc forming a band to play this material as well as his own self written and extremely popular songs.This band is the 'Ringtail Rounders' and brings us right up to date.
The line up for Bills first ever U.K tour will be: DAVE SAUNDERS,bass,and SIMON KENEVAN, harmonica,both from The PRODUCERS (3x Blues band of the Year award winners)
SAM KELLY (4x UK Drummer of the Year award) and obviously.... BILL SHEFFIELD (vocals + guitars).
The band will be called 'Bill Sheffield and his UK Ringtail Rounders'and the music will have that Southern Country/Blues/Rock feel(Imagine a more countrified Allman Brothers!)

MOJO PROMOTION GIGS @ The Central, Lower Parkstone, POOLE. 01202 743970
Thurs 28th Feb - Connie Lush + Blues Shouter. (2 day special! Adv tickets advised)
Fri 1st Mar - Connie Lush + Blues Shouter.
Sun 10th Mar - The Nightporters. (To replace the night the van broke down!)
Wed 13th - Tom Toomey.(guitarist extraordinaire)

Note - no gig during Feb due to my U.S tour.
Wed 6th Mar - Bill Sheffield + Simon Kenevan. (duo only? we'll see!)
Apr T/B/C
May T/B/C
Tue 11th June - Two Timers.(ex Dr Feelgood Gordon Russell on vocals,guitars and suitcase + Sarah James on Harp,vocals, anything else that makes a noise! A guaranteed sell out! get your tickets early.
July - the return for two nights of JULIE FELIX! dates to be confirmed



We have just received news from the talented young Lincolnshire bluesman Martin Trimble that Martin and his band Outside Help have split. We understand that Martin is now working on original material with a new 3-piece line up including Gary Rudd on bass and Natasha Allan(17) on drums. The new material will probably end up sounding like a mixture of The White Stripes/Zeppelin/Zappa/Hendrix and Buddy Guy, so come and check us out in the New Year. Please contact Martin on the following address for anything related to the band or music -


A solid trio from the North West of England, The Cahonies play blues and R'n'B and cite influences as Stevie Ray Vaughan, the three Kings (Albert, Freddie and B.B), Buddy Guy as well as the rawer R'n'B of the early Stones & George Thorogood. The band originally formed as a side project of a 10 piece blues/soul band The Good Old Boys. Featuring Adrian Trelore (Guitar & Vocals), John (Bob) Gallacher (Bass & Cuban heels) and Phil Lister (Drums & wheels). For more information about The Cahonies click on the banner below.


Local blues fans may be interested to know about two radio programmes featuring Blues sessions by artists known to local audiences:

Skegness based blues rock band The Melt will be featured on BBC Radio Lincolnshire's The Mix programme on Tue 2nd Oct, we understand the band will be performing a original song entitled 'Whiskey Blues' - the programme which features up and coming artists / bands from the area is broadcast between 6.30pm - 7pm on BBC Radio Lincolnshire (94.9FM).

On Thu 4th Oct Paul Jones will be broadcasting a session of three songs by the Gregg Wright Band recorded during their UK tour earlier in the year. Paul's show is broadcast between 8 - 9pm on BBC Radio 2. Gregg was a regular performer at Lincolnshire venues during the mid / late 90's.


Blues fans who attended the Colne Festival will have seen some of Steve 'Pablo' Jones' excellent art work with Blues themes, those who haven't or those who are interested to see more examples of blues art perhaps with a view to purchasing or present ideas check out some of his work below.

(Please note the quality of jpeg reproduction does not do full justice to Steve's work)

For more information about Steve's art email or tel 01286 671170

For more of Steve's art work click on link below

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Scottish based band Rev.Doc & The Congregation who appeared at the Spalding Blues Club earlier in 2001 now have their website up & running - click on 'view' to visit the band's pages.



We have received the following information from Jazz and Flow which may be of interest to blues and jazz fans

JAZZ & FLOW are the UK's leading importer of 100% (pre-shrunk) cotton Jazz and Blues T-Shirts. Now the main Euro/UK agents for Gearink (USA), Jazz and Flow offer a quick response to all orders and are ready and willing to seek out new designs as and when required.

These stunning 100% cotton t-shirts retail at just £14.95 + P&P (some are even cheaper!). Discount available for multiple or large orders. Discounts are also available for Club Members of any recognized Jazz or Blues society or club. Please feel free to call our friendly staff at any time to discuss.

The fantastic designs always carried in stock in our Bristol warehouse include Miles Davis, Jaco Pastorius, Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane. The blues designs include John Lee Hooker, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, T-Bone Walker, Son House, Howlin' Wolf and Lightnin' Hopkins.

JAZZ & FLOW are also the main UK agents for the fabulous jazz, Bach family and rock trees. Priced at just £12.95 + P&P, these fantastic 100 x 70mm high quality wall prints are surely the best wall print posters of their kind anywhere on the planet. Indeed, there is a money back guarantee if the buyer is not completely knocked out by the product! (but they will, of course, have to return the tree :-)

Also now carried in stock are the original and very snazzy blue note lapel badges. Costing just 3.25 + P&P, the badges are a must for all Blue Note enthusiasts (the price is just £2.95 if they are part of a t-shirt or jazz tree order!).

For more information either visit or e-mail or phone/fax 0117 904 7490 (24 hrs! - all messages are replied to asap!!). A free colour brochure is available upon request and will be posted to you first class together with current special offer details. We also feel it pertinent to mention that our website is planning to go full e-commerce by the end of September (2001). Dave Howells, Ronald Haynes & Esther Forte.

JAZZ & FLOW. NB: JAZZ & FLOW advertise regularly in BluePrint and JazzWise magazines!

further details from ~ Dave/Ron/Esther, JAZZ & FLOW, 24 Hutton Close, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3PT.

Tel/Fax: 0117 904 7490 ~ mobile 0787 6511 586


E-Mail: (&)


We understand (from Henry Ayrton's Northern Blues programme broadcast on Sun 1st July) that The Producers who have been voted Britain's top blues band on a number of occasions are to split up later in the year, as guitarist Harry Skinner is becoming a full time lecturer. As yet we have no further news regarding the band, though we understand that the band will be appearing at the Running Horse in Nottingham on Aug 25th 2001. We know that The Producers have many fans in Lincolnshire and we're sure that like us they would like to thank the band for the great gigs and pleasure they have give people over the past 10 years! Thanks lads and good luck in the future, and hope to see you again one day!


JOHN LEE HOOKER (1917 - 2001)

We received the following email earlier today (Fri 22 June 2001) from American blues performer Steve Arvey!

Sad Sad news. One of the best has passed on. Just got the news.

John Lee Hooker, the greatest of all bluesmen passed away peacefully in his sleep last night (June 20) at his home in the San Francisco Bay area, at the age of 83. Hooker influenced countless generations of musicians and inspired music fans around the world during his sixty year career. He was loved dearly by millions and we will all miss him greatly. Funeral and memorial arrangements will be announced shortly. We thank everyone for their kind wishes and condolences.

The John Lee Hooker Family

We had hoped (like many others we sure!) to see the legendary blues performer at last year's Bishopstock Festival sadly John was then advised by doctors not to travel, so for us the chance of seeing him performing was not to be, we know however that his music will be not only with us but with future generations! They too will be moved by the great man's ability to combine the primitive rhythms, amazing guitar work and a voice that etched the blues indelibly into the listeners mind. John Lee Hooker has left a priceless legacy to this world!

Our thoughts are for John's family at this very sad time.


Errol Linton Blues Vibe

Errol Linton Blues vibe looking for club gigs. Promoters can you help?

Nationally known band Errol Linton's Blues Vibe are looking for club gigs. A great live act whose modern urban style blues has a reggae vibe running just below the surface. The band have featured on the International Stage at the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival at Colne. Lincolnshire audiences caught their first glimpse of Errol at Spilsby Theatre a few years back, in a blues duo. For further info email Phillip or visit the band's website.

Email <>


The Havant Real Ale Music Festival - "Blues at the Fort"

Friday 21 September 2001 & Saturday 22 September 2001

Blues Fans! ~ If you're thinking of combining a short break, Blues & Beer, here's an idea!

Location: Fort Purbrook, Peter Ashley Way, Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth. PO6 1BJ

( links very well to this location by using the postcode)

Bands (in order of appearance): -

Friday 21 September: Blue Bazookas / Ben Waters / Nine Below Zero

Saturday 22 September: Swamp Things / Hangover Blues Band / Night Porters

Tickets are £12 per night (£22 for both nights). Available from Orpheus Records, Portsmouth and Havant Tourist Office (023 9248 0024 for credit card bookings).

Web site (currently being reconstructed) is


The event is now in its third year at this location, a smaller scale event having run for many years at Havant College. It is run on a purely voluntary basis and exists to raise money for sports and charities in the Havant area.

Fort Purbrook is an ancient fort on a hill overlooking Portsmouth and a couple of miles west of Havant. The location, in the fort makes this event a bit special and it fast becoming one of the south coast's premier events.

The whole event is held under cover in a large marquee, capable of accommodating in excess of 1000 people per night. A large selection of Real Ales, plus Lagers, Wine and Soft Drinks is available and good quality BBQ food is also on sale.

Sponsors: Sponsorship deals are available, priced from £100. These allow corporate sponsors to sponsor a barrel, advertise in the programme or otherwise support the event. In return, sponsors get free tickets and commemorative beer glasses. Prospective sponsors should contact: - Mr Bill Jones, 1 Evelegh Road, Cosham, Portsmouth. PO6 1DH ~ Phone: 023 9238 7237



Friday, May 4, Big Bo McGee will receive the prestigious State Folk Heritage Award from the Governor of Alabama. The last blues musician to receive this award was the late Johnny Shines.

Saturday, May 5, The Alabama Blues Project will present a performance by blues students from three different programs. Students will play guitar, harmonica, sing or play percussion on the Mercedes Benz Stage at this years Tuscaloosa's City Fest & Wiendorf. Children come from the Boys and Girls Club, Tuscaloosa Housing Authority and Central Elementary. Mercedes Benz, Tuscaloosa Housing, and the State Council on the Arts have been regular supporters of this innovative arts program. Following the children's performance Big Bo McGee, Debbie Bond, Keith Williams, Big H, who have been the students instructors will also perform on the Wiendorf Stage.

Sunday, May 20 at 6 PM, The Alabama Blues Project will be presenting a showcase of Alabama Blues at this years City Stages in Birmingham, Alabama, on the Alabama Sampler Stage. The Showcase will include Big Bo McGee, Willie King, Jerry Boogie McCain, Little Lee, Debbie Bond, Little Jimmy Reed and Billy Earl McClelland. For further biographical information on each artist please see below.

At our last Alabama Blues showcase, at the Piney Woods Festival in Enterprise, many inquired about purchasing CDs of Willie King, Big Bo and Debbie Bond. We do have the following CDs available:

Little Whitt and Big Bo, "Moody Swamp Blues"

Willie King, "I am the Blues"

Willie King, "Freedom Creek Blues"

Debbie Bond "What Goes Around Comes Around"

Please send a check or money order for $15.00 plus $2.00 postage and handling.


The Alabama Blues Project, 2620 2nd Street E. Tuscaloosa, AL 35404


Jerry "Boogie" McCain - Perhaps the best known living Alabama blues artist, Jerry McCain has performed his brand of Alabama blues worldwide. His harmonica work is second to none and is in a class of its own. Jerry recently recorded a new CD with the famous rhythm section, "Double Trouble," Stevie Ray Vaughan's fellow band members. Bonnie Raitt is scheduled to provide slide guitar on this new CD so you know it's going to be a great one!

Big Bo McGee: Big Bo's work on the CD Moody Swamp Blues has received high praise from the blues press. It was produced by the Alabama Blues Project and named "1996 CD of the Year" by Scott Duncan, editor of England's Blueprint magazine. He's back from a second tour of Europe and is the recipient of the 2001 Alabama State Folk eritage Award.

(Big Bo McGee toured UK in 1996 appearing at 3 Lincolnshire Venues, Spilsby Theatre , Tipitinas Blues Club in Scunthorpe & Pinewoods Blues Club, Woodhall Spa.)

Willie King: AKA the "Bob Marley of Alabama Blues," Willie will be performing his special blend of juke-joint blues. He regularly plays in Mississippi and Alabama and does it the way it should be done. Willie writes his own tunes, sings, and plays real down-home blues. He has been nominated for two W.C. Handy Awards - "best new artist" and "CD of the year". Billy Earl McClelland is a regular in clubs and festivals throughout the Southeast. McClelland's raw edged vocals and guitar virtuosity has led him to work with such blues greats including Bo Didley and Albert Collins. His passion for the blues has lead him to produce many including the first Big Bill Morgan Field recording (son of Muddy Waters) and a compilation CD of Alabama Blues Artists for German label Taxim. His most recent CD "Judgment Day" has received critical acclaim from all the major blues magazines.

Little Jimmy Reed (Leon Atkins): A local favorite who's sure to lay down some rockin' blues, Leon has played all over, including the New Orleans Jazz Festival. He grew up across the street from a juke joint where Jimmy Reed used to play, which inspired him to take the great musician's name and continue to spread the sounds we associate with that period.

Debbie Bond: Debbie is no stranger to the Alabama blues scene. She shared her with the legendary Johnny Shines for eight years. She's opened up for artists including Buddy Guy, Clarence Carter, Dr. John, and Kenny Neal. "Fine voice, great blues phrasing, and tasteful instrumentation," says Rick Harmon of the Montgomery Advertiser after listening to Debbie's CD, What Goes Around Comes Around. She is a "blues activist' and is the director of the Alabama Blues Project and works full time conducting blues education programs in schools, festivals and housing projects. She is featured on German recording company Taxim Records on Alabama Blues.

(Debbie Bond supported Big Bo McGee & Little Whitt with Mike McCraken in 1996, appearing at 3 Lincolnshire venues ~ Spilsby Theatre , Tipitinas Blues Club in Scunthorpe & Pinewoods Blues Club, Woodhall Spa.)

Little Lee is a recent discovery of the Alabama Blues Project -- but he is no stranger to the blues. Born in 1943 in Carthage Mississippi he began listening and fell in love with the blues when he was five years old. His first guitar was a home made instrument made from a wire he got from burning the rubber off an old tire. H. He got his first guitar when he was 17 - a classic slivertone guitar. Looking for a better life, Little Lee set out for Chicago when he turned twenty. In the Windy City he found work outside of music to pay bills but kept playing the blues and going to see his heroes like Howlin' Wolf and Jimmy Reed in the Chicago night clubs. His playing caught the attention of many record labels but the offers were never quite enough to make him leave his day jobs and become a full time musician. In 1997 Little Lee decided to return south to be closer to his family and now lives in Montgomery Alabama. He continues to write original material and perform is electric style urban blues. He is also an active participant in the Alabama Blues Project Blues in the schools program and has been a featured artist on many of its recent Alabama Blues Artist Showcases.



A little while back we heard a track by this American bluesman on the Bob Harris show, here is his latest news ~ check him out, & get Bob to play some more tracks from his CD.

Welcome to the first Anders Osborne e-newsletter. This mailing list can keep fans up-to-date with the latest news about Anders' music. (Subscription info is at the end of the message.) Anders is busy playing Jazz Fest gigs, spreading the news about his latest CD -- "Ash Wednesday Blues", and preparing for an upcoming tour that will begin mid-May. Those who can not catch him live will want to check out the webcast of Anders' CD release party that took place at the House of Blues in March. You can link directly to the event from Anders' homepage at: ... or find it in the list at

The first show is at 12pm PDT (3pm EDT) on Monday, April 30th. It will be replayed throughout the day. If you miss it tomorrow, check the Concert Archives on the H.O.B. site. A Tour Dates update is now on the website. There are also links to recent interviews and information about obtaining the new CD.

Enjoy the music. We wish everyone could be at Jazz Fest!

Take care, Anders and the web krewe

Anders Osborne - mailing list

Send comments to: ~ http://www.AndersOsborn


BluesMove May 2001 CD Launch Tour
18th Halberton Village Hall- Devon, 01844 821477

19th The Musician-Leicester 0116 25100806 819546

20th Clowne Blues Club-Clowne 01246 819546

22nd Tawe Delta Blues Club- Swansea 01792 540669

23rd Axe & Cleaver-Boston 01205 367300

24th Tavern in the Town-Tamworth 01827 895792

26th Dove Valley Blues Club-Doveridge 01889 563625

27th Top Bell, Barton-Under-Needwood 01283 712510

28th Exeter Arms-Blues Festival- Barrowden, Rutland 01572 747247

BluesMove draw on their vast combined experience to give you cutting edge blues, grooves with an intensity to make you move, and a night you won't forget.
BluesMove was born in September 1999 from a collaboration between Howard Smith and what was then the Mick Pini Band. Howard Smith plays and sings from the heart with a charismatic passion you may remember from his years fronting the now defunct Razors. By joining forces with Julian Grudgings (keyboards), Graham Lacey (bass) and Mike Hellier (drums) to form BluesMove - a totally new and exciting blues experience was created.
Howards' vocals , guitar and songwriting continue to scale new heights and the band as a tight unit continues to develop its own very special chemistry.
BluesMove are set to release their first full length CD on the 18th May 2001 with more UK and European dates to follow. The album entitled it "Beat' n' Trak" contains 10 tracks - 5 originals and 5 covers. The band are currently in negotiation with regards international distribution for this album. Track listing as follows:
1. If Love was a Train (Michelle Shocked)

2. Get Out Of Jail (J Grudgings)

3. Diplomat (H.W. Smith)

4. Slow Train (H.W. Smith)

5. Remington Ride (Hank C Penny/Herb Remington )

6. Rhythm of Life (J Grudgings)

7. Brand New Friend (H.W. Smith)

8. T-Bone Shuffle (Aaron Walker)

9. She's a Burglar (Jerry Ragovoy)

10. Good Thing Is About To Run Out (Lucky Peterson/Jim Payne)

Please visit the Movinmusic website for Streaming Realaudio tracks from the forthcoming new CD and more info.
"It is clear to see why BluesMove is getting booked all over the country. If you get the chance do not miss their show." (Blues Matters!)
Movinmusic, PO Box 38, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 3YD ~ phone/fax 0044 (0)1209 860067

mobile 07773 613456

Movinmusic weblink

for further info see:


The Bobby Rush in serious auto accident
The Blues Foundation E-News
April 26, 2001
We have received the following emails from Blues Foundation, regarding Bobby Rush and his band ~ we saw Bobby Rush and his band a couple of years ago at the Colne Festival, where Bobby and his band put on a memorable show which had elements of pure blues, rhythm'n'blues and soul, ~ great music and great entertainment!

May we first offer our condolances to Latisha's family and friends in their tragic loss.

We wish Bobby and the injured members of his band a speedly and complete recovery from their injuries

Bobby Rush in Serious Auto Accident

Bobby Rush's tour bus was involved in a one-car accident en route to Pensacola, Florida in the early morning hours of Thursday April 19. Details are still emerging, but we can report some facts as well as a request from Bobby's family.

The most tragic news is that band member Latisha Brown was killed in the accident. Virtually every other band member suffered injuries, some serious, and several band members have gone or will undergo surgery. None of the injuries is life threatening, but several band members suffered major broken bones.

Bobby himself was kept overnight in a Florida hospital with head and neck injuries, but he will return home today, April 20. According to his wife Jean, the first order of business will be for Bobby to rest and recuperate. Thus, the family has asked all those concerned fans who have Bobby's phone number NOT to call the house for the next week or so. Your concern is appreciated, but the family has been overwhelmed by the volume of calls, and simply cannot keep up with them. Bobby is doing well, and is expected to fully recover.

No official cause of the accident has been reported, but the current theory is that the driver suffered a heart attack that caused him to lose control of the vehicle and strike a tree.

If you wish to send a card or flowers, the family asks that you send them to Bobby's son, Carl Ellis, at 2615 Harriotte Avenue, Jackson, MS 39209. Bobby and his family will be in contact with The Blues Foundation, and we will pass along information as we receive it. Bobby's wife asks that everyone please keep them in their prayers and to pray for a full recovery for all band members. That is all that can be done right now, but there may be a medical fund set up - The Blues Foundation will keep you posted.

Many people in the Blues community are aware of the tragic accident that occurred Thursday the 19th Appril 2001 to Bobby Rush and his band. In the early morning hours, the van's driver apparently suffered a heart attack and lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree killing dancer Latisha Brown and hospitalizing Bobby and nine other band members.

convalescing at home. Updates on the bands health status are being posted by the Blues Foundation at Bobby and his family are extremely grateful for the support they have received from the fans and the Blues community. Please continue to send cards, flowers and wishes for a speedy recover to those recuperating. Addresses will be on the website. Due to the severity of the accident, many will be in the hospital for an extended period. Others will need additional surgery and physical therapy. Many of the band members have little or no health coverage. Additional funds will be needed to help care for Latisha Brown's children ages 6,4, and 2. They are now being cared for by their Grandmother.

As at this press release (27 April 2001) five still remain hospitalized, Bobby is now convalescing at home. Updates on the bands health status are being posted by the Blues Foundation at (link) . Bobby and his family are extremely grateful for the support they have received from the fans and the Blues community. Please continue to send cards, flowers and wishes for a speedy recover to those recuperating. Addresses will be on the website. Due to the severity of the accident, many will be in the hospital for an extended period. Others will need additional surgery and physical therapy. Many of the band members have little or no health coverage. Additional funds will be needed to help care for Latisha Brown's children ages 6,4, and 2. They are now being cared for by their Grandmother.
Blues Aid has established the Bobby Rush Band Fund in order to help cover the overwhelming costs of the horrific accident. If you would like to or help with a fund raising effort contact:
Beverly Tatum -
Phone: (404) 373-8803
Fax: (404) 373-3414
Bubba Sullivan -
Phone & Fax: (870) 338-3501
If you would like to make a contribution please make your check payable to the Blues Aid / Bobby Rush Band Fund and send them to:
Blues Aid
P.O. Box 237
Helena, AR 72342
Blues Aid was created by the Sonny Boy Blues Society to help blues artists cope with healthcare, pharmaceutical, and memorial expenses. The Sonny Boy Blues Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
Support the Blues!
There is no better time than right now to join or renew your membership with The Blues Foundation. Check out the new member levels and benefits at



Trevor Burton, the Great British Blues Man, is still around, and now has a web site showing gigs and some MP3 samples of The Blues Moons CD. Trevor formerly guitarist with pop band The Move now fronts his own blues rock band, they recently headlined at the Skegness Rock and Blues Festival, the band's rocking set including a number of original songs from the Blues Moons CD. Check the Trevor Burton website out for all the latest news and find gig updates on their gig guide.



Look out for info regarding Eugene's third visit to Lincolnshire, we understand that that Eugene will be appearing at the Stamford Arts Centre during the summer of 2001, check back to Fizgig regularly for info & visit the Ammadillo Music website for news of forthcoming tours and releases.




We have received the following info from Barry Middleton regarding the forthcoming blues gig at the Regal Centre in Worksop.

Eugene Hideaway Bridges Band & Kevin Thorpes Out of the Blue are appearing at The Regal Centre Worksop on Saturday 31st March 8.00 start tickets £11.00

Eugene Hideaway Bridges the man with "a voice as smooth and luscious as ice cream on a hot summer day"....and a guitar style reminiscent of BB King at his finest, Texan bluesman Eugene and his band deliver high-calibre blues. "Blues/Soul fans take note: this hugely talented singer/songwriter deserves to be a big star." Jeff Calvin-US Blues Revue On the double bill are 'Out of the Blue' who are one of the most respected blues bands on the British blues scene. Fronted by Award winning Kevin Thorpe one of the countries finest singer/songwriters with world class guitarist Eddie Tatton and new find Jason Ashworth on thrilling keyboards all driven along by the rhythm section of Gary Rudd and Nigel Lobley, this band is as good as the country has produced. Do yourselves a favour do not miss this gig for anything!!!



Experienced Midlands based blues trio featuring Donnie Johnson (Slide Guitar / vocals), Sonnie Mayem (Bass guitar / Stomp Board /Washboard Board) & Tim Disney 'Dr Blow' (Harmonica / Vocals) playing traditional delta blues are looking for gigs. For further info / bookings etc email


JOHN FAHEY (1939 - 2001)

We sadly leart of the death of innovative guitarist John Fahey on Charlie Gillett's programme on BBC Radio 2 at the weekend - no other other details are currently known. Visitors to our site may have seen John at Stamford Arts Centre a while back - our condolences go to his family & friends



Michael Messer releases a new album 'King Guitar' shortly, the album is on Catfish Records, and will be available in the UK on March 12th, and in the USA on April 10th. For more information about the album visit Michael's website at:

The Michael Messer Band will also be session guests on Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues Show on BBC 2 on Thursday March 15th at 8pm.



We have received the following email from Abel Jorge in Argentina which we're sure will be of interest to to visitors to our blues pages, especially musicians & bands who want their music to reach a new audience. Abel writes:

Vivir en Blues is a radio program that is emitted in FM Sur of the City of Quilmes, Republic Argentina. We dedicate all our effort and material, to diffuse the Blues in our country, for the passion that we have for the Blues. Alone for that reason, for the love and the passion that we feel for the Blues.
And like we are a couple of people that we don't carry out this diffusion for commercial interest, we contribute part of our money for it. But...... we already have left very little.
For that reason we write to all those that have something to do in the entire world with the Blues, to request them, if it is that this within your reach, send us the whole material that this related with the Blues and being of interest can for the listeners of our radio program.
In summary, if you can send us without cost any material, we will receive it with a lot of happiness and we will diffuse it.
We have the luck to already receive, have, pictures, Cd´s, etc., of all parts of the world.
From already thank you for their attention.


Link to FM Sur

If you can help ~ Abel's address & email are below

Abel Jorge, Vivir en Blues, Mansilla 2575 (1872) Sarandi, Argentina



ROY BOOK BINDER from USA will be touring the UK Late May-June 2001, celebrating his 30th anniv. of first tour in 1971. Back in '71 The Book, did gigs with Joanne Kelly, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Homesick James and Larry Johnson. He recieved rave reviews at that time in JAZZ JOURNAL, Sounds magazine, & Melody Maker. His first recordings on Blue Goose and Adelphi were issued around that time as well.
Tour dates include: May26...Glenrothes Hall, Glenrothes, Scotland; May 27...WOW Fest, Jump'Hot Club Tent; Jun.. 1...Jersry Arts Center, Jersey; and one in our region on Jun...8-10...Stamford Guitar Weekend, Stamford
For more information on this American performer visit Roy's website at:

Kevin Thorpe's OUT OF THE BLUE

Kevin Thorpe's Out Of The Blue have released their long awaited new album 'Shadowplay' You can order 'Shadowplay' from Order from ~ All major credit cards accepted

The new album SHADOWPLAY features 11 original tracks. The band are planning an extensive tour early 2001. Current band line-up is Kevin Thorpe vocals/guitar, Eddie Tatton guitar, Jon Dyke keys, Lindsay Coulson bass, Nigel Lobley drums. Due to Nigel's work commitments, different drummers will be used at some
gigs. Armadillo are also releasing OOTB's first album BLUES IN A BOTTLE. Kevin
is currently working on a solo album for release sometime 200


ZZ Birminghams's Blues Band album "Midnight in Memphis" has been getting great reviews and is now available nationally through HMV stores. (or from the band). For more info visit the website at:



PRINCESS RECORDS is proud to announce that the Funky Princess of Soul, JOANBABY was nominated for the best bassist category of the Chicago Music Awards 2000. One of the elite four people nominated JOANBABY was the first woman to be nominated for this prestigious award in the home of the blues - Chicago.

JOANBABY also made an by demand return appearance on the BOBBY DAVIS BLUES Show with Blues Legend WILLIE BIG EYES SMITH. "BIG EYES" the drummer who was the heartbeat of Muddy Waters best band backed up the lovely leggy princess as she performed her ode to Mississippi-GROOVE THANG. The program will air Christmas Eve at 6:30pm in Chicago and again on Christmas Day at 1:30. The BOBBY DAVIS show is the longest running blues show in the Chicagoland area and is in talks for syndication at this time.

JOANBABY is endorsed by DEAN MARKLEY BLUE STEEL STRINGS and FENDER, U.K, Happy Holidays from the Funky BASSIST BABE.. check out her site: for music and more!


The Daniel Smith Band (featuring keyboard player Daniel ~ ex Sonny Black & The Dukes will be appearing at two Lincolnshire venues between Feb - Jul 2001 - The venues are in Stamford & Gainsborough, & though full details & dates have not been announced we expect the gigs to take place at Stamford Arts Centre & Trinity Arts Centre in Gainsborough ~ check back to the Fizgig website regularly for further details


We have received news from guitarist Gregg Wright who was a great favourite with Lincolnshire audiences & those further afield during the mid / late 90's.

Following his return to USA in 1998, he took a break from playing for a few months, before getting things rolling again, & building a website. He is currently working on a new CD, due for release in 2001, one of our favourite songs 'Nocturne' will be included.

Earlier this year he flew to the south of France to contribute some guitar tracks to the soundtrack of the brand new Imax file entitled 'OceanOasis' now on worldwide release. The score was done by English film composer Alan Reeves, & includes the Prague Philharmonic, by all accounts the film & musical score are absolutely breathtaking, & and an incredible experience.

View 'OceanOasis' website

With quite a few plans in the works for 2001, both at home and in the UK & Europe, Gregg's fans will hopefully have an opportunity to see the amazing guitarist in action once again!

For those who are not familiar with Gregg Wright, he was the guitarist in Michael Jackson's band for his 'Victory' tour, he has also recorded with Mick Fleetwood's Zoo & The Gap Band ('Round Trip') - more recently he teamed up with Lincolnshire musicians Mickey Broadbent & Keith Lines in the awesome blues rock outfit Gregg Wright's Left Hook, recording the CD 'Round One' (recently re-released - see Gregg's website for details of this limited edition release)


Chris Smither will be touring in UK & Ireland between 21st Feb & 7th March 2001 - venues t.b.a. ~ Chris released his latest CD 'Live As You'll Ever Be' in July

We have received info about Amor's gig at The Running Horse in Nottingham on Feb 16th 2001. (Note: Date Changed!) 'A Band to fill The Running Horse not only with blues fans who can remember the fantastic nights at "The Runner" listening to such bands as 'The Hoax', 'Aynsley Lister, 'CBN' and 'Out of The Blue' but to see the new kids on the block who are 'AMOR'.

The band formed by lead guitarist vocalist Jon Amor formerly of The Hoax who disbanded last year after achieving great acclaim as the freshest band on the blues scene for many years, it did not take them long to establish a massive following throughout the UK and Europe, and after their sad demise there was a very large gap in the blues scene, until now!

Jon has written loads of new numbers, hand picked his fellow band members, from three of the best bands around namely, on drums and sampler Wayne Procter (ex Ainsley Lister Band), Matt Beable Bass Guitar and vocals (ex CBN) and Johnny Dykes on Keyboards (ex Out of the Blue / Larry Garner Band).

The band have been rehearsing like mad, and have already played two warm up gigs to very appreciative audiences.

A CD is planned for release in the new year and will coincide with their first major tour, which I am pleased to say includes The Running Horse on Friday 2nd February, admission will be £6.00 in advance or £7.00 on the door if there are any left.' (Barry Middleton - Keeping Music Live !!!

CDs and cassettes of six of the albums of Adrian Byron Burns/ AB & The Boogie Band are now available. We have developed a 'non art' package in which all the information is printed, but on a white backround with no photos.We can thus, sell you the CDs at a lower price as there are many individuals who wish to buy the collection, but due to financial considerations are not able to do so. The price of the plain package albums is £7.75 including packaging and post.

For further information or enquiries:

Private Edition Music, 2 Fontwell Drive, Glen Parva, Leicester LE2 9NL - tel: 0116 283 2505 / fax:0780 163 5773


The Rockin' Armadillos
The Rockin' Armadillos, one of the most talked about new bands on the UK Blues scene, are looking for any Armadillo-shaped slots in Blues venues programmes for the next few months.

The band are up and running again following a bit of a lay off at the start of the year, but they are gradually building up a terrific head of steam again, with loads of new songs and some storming gigs under their belts - including a very successful European tour.

The icing on the cake for the band, was this year's Great British R'n'B Festival in Colne, Lancs where they were, by popular acclaim one of the best-received bands on the European stage all weekend - "people were talking about our show up and down the town all weekend!" This autumn, they start work on the new LP - just as soon as drummer Paul gets back from his current tour in the USA and Canada.
For more info, e-mail Tim Aves ( or call me on 07979 601197 or visit our website :

Mike Hellier now has pages up on the Movinmusic web site for Jonathan Kalb. Please click here for current biog. photos, tour dates and streaming sound samples from the 'Shadow of a Man' CD. Mike is now booking dates for Jonathan's 2001 UK tours between 3-13th May and 5-16th September 2001. We saw the band in action on their recent tour when they went down a storm at Spalding Blues Club. Great guitar work being a major feature of their live shows, Jonathan also has an excellent voice & is backed by a highly competent band, a great opportunity to book this talented band before they become really big! Please contact Mike Hellier for additional info and for booking details.

Mike Hellier, Movinmusic, PO Box 38, Penryn. TR10 3YD

Tel/Fax 0044 (0)1209 860067 - Mobile: 07773 613456




Connie Lush & Blues Shouter are one of the most popular blues acts to appear regularly at venues in our area, you can now find out more about Connie & her band (what is the story about the nun & french roll, John!), keep up with all their latest news and gigs, by visiting the bands new website, click on Connie's photo above to access the site!


Kevin Thorpe will be producing the new Nimmo Brothers CD due for release later in the year, the Scottish band have recently signed to Armadillo Records

Drummer Wanted for Blues band!

Extremely good drummer wanted, preferably with a blues background . The band is currently playing with very good session drummers and has played to an extremely high level including Ronnie Scotts, the Borderline, The Cavern and Colne and Maryport festivals. We want full time commitment as an imminent record deal awaits with a prominent British blues label. Full commitment and high standard is EXPECTED in return for playing top festivals, recording an album and playing top gigs both nationally and on the European stage. We are writing original material influenced by Buddy Guy, Albert King, Jimmie Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. Good money is guaranteed BUT no mercenaries wanted.

Contact at:

We have had an email from Blues guitarist to let Fizgig readers know that his website has a visitors / guestbook that may be a useful place to leave messages & sell instruments & records. Michael & Ed Genis recently appeared at the Stamford Folk & Blues guitar festival, their first appearance in Lincolnshire for 3 years, following a concert in the theatre, Michael joined guitarists Woody Mann & Michael Roach, plus harmonica player Ian Briggs for a great early morning jam session in the theatre bar! After securing the A selection of old songs & newer songs such as 'Robert Johnson's Wake' are available on the MesserMix CD's. Michael's earlier CD's are also now available again, see website for full details.

Visit Michael Messer's website now!


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Phil Woodthorpe's Rhythm & Blues Revue web pages
Fizgig is pleased to be able to include BBC Radio Lincolnshire's blues presenter's Phil Woodthorpe Blues Selections featuring his Blues Of The 1990's, Top 30 Blues albums of the 90's and Top 10 Blues Albums of 1999.

Frank who hosts the Spalding Blues Club website has now has a page dedicated to information he receives via in the internet including news from the USA. Some of this information was originally available on Frank's Fenland Blues News page on our website, due to time constraints we will not be updating this page on a regular basis, however the information currently held on this page will be reviewed & some retained & occasional updates when we feel news is particularly relevant to Lincolnshire or the East Midlands.

Frankie's Blues News ~ regular news updates


Fenland Frank's Blues News (Fizgig page - updated 2 Oct 2000)

August Bank Holiday weekend

Visit the festival's website for information about the Great British Rhythm & Blues festival:

The Average Blues Band have just sent us details of their latest news, they have recently decided to change their name to A.B.B.. Their website is now up and running at The band, based in the Bournemouth area have rarely played in the North due to work commitments, they appeared at the 1998 Colne Festival where we were fortunate enough to see them performing a fine set in the Lesser Municiple Hall. A.B.B. are currently working on their latest CD (their third), due for release in August 2000. Their first previous 2 CD's 'Hurt Too Much' & 'Against The Tide' continue to sell well, & receive regular airplay in Hong Kong & Macedonia! The new CD entitled 'Endless Journey' will be officially launched on Sept. 16th at the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown, Dorset. The band are currently signed to Springboard Media Limited, a CD & books production company. For further info contact Springboard Media Ltd, 9 Valcourt, 18 Branksome Wood Road, Bournemouth, Dorset. BH4 9JY. Tel 01202 540604.

You can find a tribute to acoustic blues artist Pete who sadly died in 1999, & out more about this fine musican by visiting his website:





Indie-pendent Blues is a mail order catalogue packed full of the recordings of some of the UK's hardest working blues artists, whose work is not available on major record labels, or in your local record store, plus an independent Imports section featuring blues artists from the USA & Europe, most of whom will be totally new to a UK audience, so give'em a try! Its available from Steve Swales, 60 Westbourne Street, Hull. HU3 5BS for just £1 (cheques payable to S. Swales).

* We've received a copy of Issue 7 of the Indie-Pendant Blues Mail order catalogue which had 32 A4 size pages with loads of British blues artists CD's & tapes, which are usually only available from gigs. So if you've enjoyed the music, but not been able to afford a CD at the end of the night, or the band had forgotten to bring their CD's with them, or had run out & that elusive latest release hadn't quite made it in time for the tour, you can order it from Steve at Indie-Pendant Blues, most items are priced as they would be from the artists, plus £1 for p&p for 1 item, & 50p per item thereafter, rather than the £15.99 your local record shop might charge, if it could get hold of these future collectors items! Bands who have appeared in the Lincolnshire area whose merchantise is available via Indie-Pendant Blues include The Sensational Midnight Willie, Angie Scarr, Cootie & The Harpman, Dave Peabody, Eddie Martin, Electric Experience, Eddie Walker, Fat Slim, Hangover Blues Band, Harry Gurevitch, Ian Siegal, John Pearson, King Bizkit, Lowerdown, The Mambo Kings, The Moochers, The Nightporters, Paul Alabaster, Pigmeat Pete Smith, Rapael Callaghan & Christine Purnell, Reconsider, Steve Bennett, Stevie Zee, Third Degree, & Wamma Jamma. There are also a number of import items from Europe & USA.

This is what other people are saying about Mike's live act:

"those people out there who think that good blues only comes from Chicago or the Mississippi Delta need to stop & think again ... moving beyond his fine albums it is due largely to the strength of live performances such as last Saturday's concert at The Kulturzelt Im Breitenbach that Mike Brosnan is year by year becoming better known & the numbers of his world wide fans are growing" (The Tyrolier- Austria June 1998).

"In a concert that lasted more than 4 & half hours, the 1000 plus audience roared until the last minute, the final boogie finishing around 3am! All in all this was truly a superb concert & one that bodes well for the future of Mike's performances. (Heidenreichstein City News ~ June 1998)

"We caught Mike Brosnan & Station House at the Axe & Cleaver in Boston in June 1999, which was one of the band's first gigs. Despite this they put on one of the best shows we've seen at The Axe (or anywhere!!!) this year. Augmented by the guitar & slide guitar work of Mike, the band which on the southern blues circuit perform as Station House or The Blues of Cain are all great musicians in their own right, together they are electric!" (Fizgig 1999)

Link up to New Zealand's top Blues artist at the Mike Brosnan website


For bookings or further information contact:

Nigel 'Eddie' Cripps tel 0181 460 9856 (after 6pm) or 0181 460 7415 (office hours) or email Barrelhouse at

Steve Swales tel 01482 585832 email