What’s New in Issue 119

November 1, 2011 in Editorial

There is no sign of any slowing down on the blues circuit now Autumn is here. There are major festivals in November, at Torquay and Carlisle, and a good number of blues men and women are on tour in the UK and releasing new albums. Ramon Goose, who has been working on world music, has released a new album, called Uptown Blues, which is a return to his first love. Ramon came into Blues In Britain to tell me about it.

UK blues veteran, John Mayall now lives in California but he is a regular visitor. On his tour in October and November he has the Oli Brown Band opening the show. John talked about what he is doing and a bit of UK blues history. His one time guitarist, Walter Trout is also touring on a double header tour with Popa Chubby. I called Walter, who also lives in California, to ask what he is up to.

Beth Hart has made an album of soul standards with Joe Bonamassa, Don’t Explain, which may account for why some of her UK gigs have sold out in advance of her tour forthcoming. Another date, at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in February 2012, has been announced. Moray Stuart interviewed her for Blues In Britain, when she was in London recently.

Rising star Marcus Bonfanti will also be touring with his band in November. We met up at my local pub. Marcus told me that he is recording a six-track CDEP, which will only be available at his gigs. A Marcus Bonfanti gig, be he with his own band, Paddy Milner & The Big Sounds, St Jude or P P Arnold, is not to be missed!

Also on the home front, Gary Boner, singer and guitarist from Roadhouse, has sent us an e-letter. The band, which features three girl singers, has a new album out called Dark Angel. The band has been running for twenty-one years now.

We could have run interviews with other artists such as Paul Lamb and Joanne Shaw Taylor, who are also touring, but time and space prevent it. The festival reviews, of which there are many, are also piling up. Thank you everyone who has contributed words and photos! Keep them coming, as we will publish them when space allows.

Fran Leslie

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