What’s New in Issue 104

August 3, 2010 in Editorial

This month’s cover artist is Dana Gillespie, singer, songwriter and British blues diva. Dana leads at least three lives; apart from her blues career she also records and plays her own style of Indian music and she arranges the programme for the annual Mustique Blues Festival. The festival raises money for scholarships for youngsters on the neighbouring island, St Vincent. I went to visit her in London, to hear about her new album, I Rest My Case, and a few other things as well. Ian Siegal, a veteran of the Mustique Blues Festival, turned up as a bonus.

We have two e-letters this month. The first is from Lisa Mills, US singer, songwriter and guitarist, who will be playing dates with bass player Ian Jennings and appearing at the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival. Lisa is launching her new album, Tempered In Fire, at The Robin 2 on 11th August. It was recorded in the UK with support from some wonderful musicians.

Mark Butcher left his career as an international and Surrey cricketer and is now pursuing his other ambition to become a blues man. As he tells us in his e-letter, a chance meeting with Matt Taylor led to his debut album, Songs From The Sun House.

Mid-summer is here and the monsoon season has started but the festivals party on and the reviews come rolling in. We have reviews from England, from Chicago IL and from Mijas in Spain. There are many more festivals in the calendar, including Colne, Edinburgh and Shetland; our intrepid reviewers and photographers are trying to cover them all. Thank you, everyone, for supporting the blues!

Fran Leslie

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