What’s New in Issue 103

June 30, 2010 in Editorial

June has been really exciting at Blues In Britain. Firstly Sandi Thom came in to talk about her new album Merchants and Thieves, for this issue. You could win one of three copies, which are prizes in this month’s magazine competition. Then slide guitarist Jeremy Spencer was in London so I took him and his wife to Sam Hare’s jam at Charlotte Street Blues, where he played three numbers on Sam’s guitar with some of the regular jammers. Jeremy mentioned that he had been recording in Detroit, so an album may be forthcoming.

Trevor Hodgett landed an interview with Hammond player James Taylor who was playing at the Guinness Blues On The Bay Festival. You can read this very frank article as well as Trevor’s review of the festival. Reviewer Bob Chaffey went to the Boogaloo Weekend at Alvaston Hall in Cheshire and has sent in his report of the festival. It sounds like fun.

We have two e-letters this month. Harmonica player and frontman, Giles Robson and his band The Dirty Aces are touring in July with Mud Morganfield from Chicago, one of Muddy Waters’ sons. Giles has sent in an e-letter to describe how they got together and what to expect. They will be promoting the album Mud and The Dirty Aces: Live, which they recorded in Jersey, where Giles comes from.

Feed Me is a very youthful band from Cumbria, which won the Maryport Battle of the Bands and the right to open the Maryport Festival. In his e-letter, guitarist Jamie Francis introduces the band, which has opened up for visiting artists and is beginning to tour in its own right. The band’s album Blood On the Moon is all ready selling well at gigs.

As we go to press, there is a busy blues weekend coming up and it looks like July will be the same. There are so many festivals that when the press release for the Edinburgh Blues Festival came in, late, there was no room in the gig guide. There are some great artists playing there, including Canned Heat Woodstock Reunited Band , which has three members of the original Canned Heat. More details of that and loads of other festivals are in the Blues News pages.

Make the most of all the wonderful music being played this summer. With the economy as it is, we may not get the opportunity so often from now on. I will be going to the Ealing Festival on 24th July. Perhaps I will see you there.

Fran Leslie

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