What’s New in Issue 117

August 27, 2011 in Editorial

As most people are back from holiday in September, the party season starts and there are lots of reasons to go out and see live blues. More festivals are coming up, in Scotland, Darlington, Swanage and Beer and many world class musicians are on tour.

Eugene “Hideaway” Bridges, originally from Louisiana and now a citizen of the blues world has been coming to the UK since he was a member of Big Joe Turner’s Blues Caravan. He has a new album out, called A Rock & A Hard Place, on Armadillo Music. He came into Blues In Britain to talk about it and will be touring to promote it. You can win a copy of the CD in this month’s magazine competition.

There are a lot of brilliant young musicians coming through. In issue 113, we featured Krissy Matthews, now we have interviews with two more young guitarists, Virgil McMahon and Aaron Keylock.

The band Virgil and The Accelerators is now based in the Midlands, so I spoke to Virgil on the phone. The band has a new album out called The Radium on Mystic Records and will be touring to promote it.

Thirteen -year-old Aaron Keylock is based in Oxfordshire but is frequently seen at blues jams in London and South East. He is developing his talent sensibly and has hooked up with other young musicians including Max Maxwell, who plays drums and bass, and occasionally has Krissy Matthews on bass who looks like a senior member in the line-up.

We are inundated with reviews of the many blues festivals, which have been taking place this summer. We will eventually catch up on them. Thanks go to all our contributors sending in live reviews, CD reviews and photographs. I can’t do it by myself!

Fran Leslie

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