75th birthday party blues

So much for enjoying the fact that I had some more gigs. The reality is that the Chippenham gigs have now been cancelled after the manager departed at short notice. Rather than jump off the nearest tower block, I decided to move the gig on the 6th of October to the pub even closer to me in Chippenham Road. So my birthday blues celebrations will now be at The Red Squirrel at the junction of Elgin avenue and Chippenham Road, W9.

We’ll probably start the celebrations at about eight even though there may be an extension. That sounds like another alcoholic turbo boost.

The band will be Jon T-bone Taylor on guitar, Jim Mercer on bass and vocals, Pete Miles on drums and myself . Chris Youlden has confirmed he’ll be there too so a good night is a probable. So if anyone reading this knows anyone who’d intended to turn up at the Chippenham, please let them know of the change of venue.

Someone, possibly from Germany, as I think the name was Gerhardt, recently emailed me about buying two Cds, but it had gone into my spam box and when I tried to move it, it somehow got deleted. I then closed down the computer so the trash can got emptied too. Anyway, if that gentleman reads this, could he please email me again and I can apologise to him.

At the end of the road.

A few month’s ago, Jon T-bone Taylor and I were in the audience at the Chippenham, the pub at the end of the road I live in, enjoying the music of The Johnnie Nikki Band. A couple of week’s later we did a gig there ourselves and have managed to do about seven more since then, including some last-minute substitutions when other bands have pulled out. To think, a while back I was bemoaning the lack of gigs. I‘m beginning to enjoy playing again, though the place reminds me at times of what a rough Mississippi .back-country juke  might have been, with the odd argument ending in a fight. Still, if you only play blues you have to take what you can get. On the scheduled gigs we get a number of blues people, but on the last-minute gigs we don’t get so many. Then it’s what I call a small but select audience, though I’d like to know who the hell selected them. Continue reading

Been down so long…

A while ago Jon T-bone Taylor got me a gig at the Chippenham at the end of my road. As none of my regular band was available I got together  a four-piece including Jon and we did the gig.  At the end of the evening the manager gave me a list of dates up until Christmas, one gig every five or six weeks. We’ve continued to do those and in fact have been given another three extra gigs as well, when other bands have pulled out at the last minute Continue reading

A different kind of hacking…

A while back I did a video interview  at my local pub for the National Blues Archive which was arranged by Stevie King whose band are regulars at the Coach & Horses in Leytonstone. He was accompanied by Steve Taylor who did the actual video work. Naturally part of the interview seemed to involve drinking. I’m not sure that will contribute much to the history of British Blues but you never know. Continue reading

Ain’t that the blues

A few weeks ago, being at a loose end one evening, I decided to go and catch some live blues, so after some deliberation I chose ‘ain’t nothing but…’in Soho as a suitable place to queue for a drink. There was some enjoyable piano playing early on and then Jimmy C and his band started their first stint. They are one of those bands who seem to have a good rapport with the audience and I found it interesting and enjoyable. Then duty called and I went and joined Gigi who’d been out at a birthday party, which she didn’t enjoy. Ain’t that the blues. Continue reading

No time like the old times

Last Friday I went to the Castle in Portobello Road where there was an evening of live music with various performers. I was called up to do a few numbers and will be back there soon, though not this Friday as I’ve got other plans. I’m hoping to get together with Eddy, a young bluesman I’ve met a few times. He plays guitar and harp in a rack and sometimes busks on the ‘bello. However he recently got mugged and got a broken Jaw for his troubles so singing and playing are out of the question at present. I wish him a speedy recovery so he can get back working solo or with his band. Continue reading