What’s New in Issue 109

January 2, 2011 in Editorial

Who says that the blues is ‘old man’s music’? We start the New Year celebrating young blues in the UK with an interview with Matt Schofield by Moray Stuart. Matt is typical of the new generation of guitarists who have honed their skills since they were very young. His career has taken off and rightly so. There are many youngsters, girls as well as boys, some of them half Matt’s age, following on behind.

For balance, Scott Duncan has interviewed the itinerant guitarist and singer, Kent Duchaine. US blues veteran Kent has toured the UK for many years, with his battered guitar Leadbessie, thrilling audiences in large and tiny venues everywhere.

We are unfamiliar with ‘Crazy’ Marvin Braxton, from Cleveland Ohio, so David Henderson has written a profile about him, in anticipation of his performances for Shakedown Blues, in January. The club specialises in bringing over wonderful yet unknown blues artists from the States. Marvin is a harmonica player and singer, from Cleveland Ohio and he will be backed by Dave Thomas and his band, at Shakedown Blues, in Castor and at Stamford Arts Centre.

We also have reviews of The Beer Festival and The Carlisle Blues Festival. These are just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to festival reviews. We hope to run the rest as and when space permits. There have also been a great number of reviews of excellent gigs. As many gigs were cancelled because of the snow, we hope to catch up on the many reviews we do have in the next issue. Thank you to all our tireless writers and photographers and to all our readers. May you have a wonderful 2011 and may the blues be with you!

Fran Leslie

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Comments (1)


  1. Tom Lister says:

    Matt is about to do a short UK tour and tickets for the London event at 100 Club 20/11/12 are available here.
    Be there and make it a great night.

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