What’s New in Issue 108

November 29, 2010 in Editorial

This issue highlights some excellent artists. Our cover features Bobby Tench and Papa George who, apart from their busy personal careers, get together once a month to play on the last Sunday of the month in The Barnes Blues Band at the legendary Bull’s Head at Barnes. Like many unsung British blues bands, this band is superb. Get to see them when you are in London. The venue, which was under threat of closure a few years back, was saved by Yamaha who refurbished the music room and put in soundproofing. Apart from hosting the Barnes Blues Band residency, it is the home of the weekly Stormy Monday Blues Club.

Guitarist, singer, songwriter and occasional harmonica player, Dave Thomas has a varied musical history, including playing in the prog-rock band Blonde On Blonde. Fortunately, he has recovered and, lately, has been providing backing for visiting US musicians at Shakedown Blues, in Castor. As he tells us in our interview, Dave is also involved in several recording projects, some with the Shakedown artists.

We have two e-letters this month, both about bands that have album launches this month. Chris Corcoran, the leader of The Chris Corcoran Trio, writes about the group’s new album Getaway and his playing and writing career to date. The album launch is on 3rd December at Pizza Express in Maidstone.

Paul Mallatratt writes about Tipping Point, the group started by Kevin Thorpe who died just as the band got going. Bass player Paul, drummer Nigel Lobley and guitarist and vocalist Dominic Hollands completed the album, with the aid of pianist Dale Storr. The album, named Antedote, will be launched at The Greyhound in Beeston, Notts, (rescheduled from The Boardwalk in Sheffield) on 2nd December.

Gigs are few and far between after Christmas, but there are some good ones coming up so check the Gig Guide, get out there and support the blues; if you can send in a review that will be even better. Thank you to all our reviewers and photographers, without whom there would be no magazine!

Fran Leslie

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  1. jamie says:

    many other better british female blues voices than this


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