What’s New in Issue 116

July 26, 2011 in Editorial

The blues is on fire in the UK at the moment. There are lots of festivals, visiting artists, anniversaries to mark and album launches to enjoy. Paddy Milner’s new album, The Curious Case Of Paddy Milner, is something out of the ordinary to celebrate. Paddy came into Blues In Britain to talk about it.

Paul Jones has been presenting his show An Hour of Rhythm and Blues on BBC Radio 2 for over twenty-five years and next year will be the fiftieth since he started with The Manfreds. He too came in to talk about the show and his reminiscences of things past and present.

Another veteran of British music, Terry Reid, has been doing the same with Trevor Hodgett. His anecdotes include touring with The Rolling Stones, Ike and Tina Turner and Cream, and memories of record producers Ahmet Ertegun and Mickey Most. He will be playing several dates at Ronnie Scott’s Club, in London, in August.

Singer and song writer Florence Joelle of Florence Joelle’s Kiss of Fire has sent Blues In Britain an e-letter about the band’s debut album of the same name. In it, she describes how the band was formed and the album was made. Florence was born in France and her influences are quite eclectic.

As ever, the magazine is overflowing with reviews of live events. These include Bob Chaffey’s account of the Boogaloo Weekend at Torquay but the remaining festival reports will have to wait for next month. Thanks go to our many excellent reviewers and photographers and to you, the readers who go out to support the blues.

Fran Leslie

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