Articles submitted to Grimsby Evening Telegraph & Fizgig by Stephen Jackson

Blues From Del Boy

Stray guitarist Del Bromham appears solo at the Spiders Web this Friday 18th June. Support is provided by Honeysuckle.

Del Bromham began playing guitar at the age of eleven and while still at school in West London he formed the band "Stray" in 1966.

A recording contract with Transatlantic followed and the quartet released their first album "Stray" in 1970 featuring the song "All In Your Mind" which soon became the group's anthem and was later recorded by Iron Maiden.

Following the release of their second album "Suicide" and the memorable riff of the title track, the band finally tasted chart success with their third release Saturday Morning Pictures, widely regarded as their best piece of work.

UK tours supporting American band "Kiss" and Canadian rockers "Rush" highlighted the popularity of the band. A number of successful album and single releases followed including Mudanzas, Move It, Stand Up And Be Counted, Houdini and Hearts Of Fire

In March 2001 Del and Stray toured with rock legends Uriah Heep and Nazarath to promote their new CD entitled, quite simply, "10" followed in February 2002 by a hugely successful tour with Leslie West's Mountain which they repeated again later in the year including shows and festivals in Germany and Scandinavia. 2003 saw Stray off to Spain with Y+T and then across Europe as special guests on the sold out Iron Maiden tour.

That brings us bang up to date and Del Bromham has now completed his first blues based solo album Devils' Highway which will be available at the Web and he's got a European Tour with Leslie West lined up.

Advance tickets are £4.50 and £5.00 at door. Available from the venue or Solid Entertainments on Grimsby 349222.

Lincs Wolds Eco Fest 2004

The Lincolnshire Wolds Eco Festival organised by the Wolds Collective takes place this weekend from Friday through to Sunday and there's loads of live music on offer. Billed as a "Solstice Celebration" the venue is Badger Farm at Asterby near Louth. The running schedule as it stands at the moment is Friday 18th June

The Toothbrush Brigade (7pm) Ciconian Burn (8pm) Owsley Sunshine (9pm) Scotch Chocolate (10pm) Starvin' Sid (11pm)

On the Saturday it's Winter Wilson (1pm) Abi Moore (2pm) Claude Bourbon (3pm) Streetworthy (4pm) King Chihuahua (5pm) Norbert Blocker (7pm) Dawson & the Dissenters (8pm) Band From County Hell (9.30pm) plus the Fireshow / Blue Book project (midnight).

On Sunday its Dicky Deegan (noon) Jack In The Green (1pm) Carrie Tree (2pm) Sandfly (3pm) Middle Age Sex (4pm) Honey Badgers (5pm) Pinto (6pm) Solstice Celebration with Alford Music Sluts, The Sloth Brothers and Norbert Blocker

Other entertainment includes stalls, workshops, samba & African drumming / Latin & Arabic dance, arts & crafts workshops, children's activities, licensed bar, cafes and camping available. There a whole range of ticket prices, weekend adult at £30 and daily adult at £10 but there's special prices for the 12-17 age group and under 12's get in free!

Sounds like a jam packed few days and for further details on tickets please ring 01507 343428 or 07789 891244.

One For Byrds Fans

Twelve string jingle jangle former Byrds man and folk icon Roger McGuinn appears up the road at the Palace Theatre, Newark on Thursday 24th June. It's a solo show from Roger which is a trawl through his career from his early folk days to the Byrds and Dylan right up to his present activities. There's usually a spine tingling moment when he plays Dylan's Tambourine Man and then launches into the opening riff for the Byrd's version.

Tickets are priced £18.50 and the box office number is 01636 655755

Appleton Lets His Fingers Do The Talking

Billed as an evening of "Guitar Artistry & General Bewilderment", Dick Appleton appears in concert at the Caxton Theatre this Friday 25th June and tickets are available now priced £3.50 from the Caxton's booking office at the Central Library or ring Grimsby 346251 or 825563. The guitar stuff starts at 8.30 pm and it's Dick's first appearance at the Theatre. It will be two sets from the man who it's difficult to have a straight conversation with, although he does get serious when you start discussing guitars and tunings! Just to emphasise there's no backing tapes whatsoever from Dick, who simply lets his fingers to the talking. Expect some cover versions from the like of Pink Floyd, The Beatles and Nine Inch Nails too. Also look out for his excellent 19 track instrumental album "guitar" which will be available.

Further Appearance By The King

King Rollo who is making regular Lincolnshire appearances these days is appearing this Sunday 27th June at the Hope Tavern, Holton- Le- Moor another venue building up a reputation for regular live music. The King is performing between 4 - 6pm and what you get are his guitar and vocal skills wrapped around authentic delta classics and his own songs. I enjoyed Rollo's recent support slot with Country Joe at The Farm, near Mablethorpe where you got a taste of his old time ragtime approach to bottleneck blues.

Get Jiggy With It

Those jiggy celtic soul brothers Phil and Rob, the gruesome twosome who make up Broadsword, have a couple of Grimsby dates this weekend. This Friday you can sample their fine brand of Irish, Scottish, English and American roots music played on guitars, mandolin and banjo at the Hope & Anchor and you can get a second helping at the Tap n' Spile in Grimsby on Saturday. Expect to hear songs like Raggle Taggle Gypsy O, Whiskey In The Jar, Dirty Old Town, a fine rendition of Hotel California with some twin lead mandolin and guitar playing and even Delilah!

At The Web

Appearing at the Spiders Web, Carr Lane Grimsby, this Friday, are Mainline, The Drive and Satanic Angel.

Advance tickets are £4.00 otherwise its £5.00 on the door. Telephone either 692065 or 349222

The Boss In Barton

On Friday the 2nd July Springsteen tribute band "Born To Run" are back at The Carnival, Barton-upon-Humber. A whole truck load of classics from "The Boss" are on offer. The only regularly gigging Springsteen covers band in the UK, "Born To Run", provides a rare opportunity to see to see the Boss's music performed live on stage. You get two hours of Bruce classics including Thunder Road, Born in the USA, Hungry Heart, Streets of Philadelphia, Dancing in the Dark and of course, Born to Run. Admission is £6