What’s New in Issue 112

March 31, 2011 in Editorial

The blues comes from far and wide and is played all over the world. As if to demonstrate this we have interviews with musicians from opposite ends of the country and abroad. Our cover artist Alan Nimmo is a Scot. He and his brother Stevie have delighted us with their band, The Nimmo Brothers. When that line-up was not touring, Alan and Lindsay Coulson formed King King with drummer Craig Blundell and Dale Storr on keyboards. They have an album out called Take My Hand. I phoned Alan while he was on tour to ask him about the band and the album.

Giles Robson is based in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, which have a special status within Britain. Harmonica player and singer Giles fronts The Dirty Aces with his song writing partner and guitarist Filip Kozlowski; Ian Jennings is on bass and Mike Hellier is on drums. The band, which is Mud Morganfield’s touring band of choice in the UK, has an album coming out, called Crooked Heart of Mine, which they will launch in May. I interviewed Giles by phone when he was in Jersey, the day before the band flew to Poland to finish recording the album.

Canadian acoustic artist Matt Andersen has been touring in the UK in March, but Michael Ford of Brontë Blues Club interviewed him on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, in January, while they were sailing in the Caribbean. Matt was on board because he won the 26th International Blues Challenge, in Memphis last year. The trip was part of the award. Matt will play at Glastonbury this year.

No festival reports this month means we have been able to catch up with the backlog of live reviews, some from last year, of which there are many. Thank you to all our contributors, reviewers, photographers and this month’s extra editors; your work is invaluable!

The blues scene continues to thrive, whatever is thrown at it. We have more gigs in the gig guide than four pages can properly accommodate; you have to use a magnifying glass to read some of it! Good news from Parliament suggests that the stringent restrictions imposed on small music venues are likely to be relaxed soon. Go out this Spring and enjoy some blues!

Fran Leslie

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