What’s New in Issue 121

December 29, 2011 in Editorial

We start the year with much to look forward to. The funky blues-rock band, Northsyde will have a new album out in the Spring, called The Storyteller’s Daughter. Moray Stuart interviewed singer Lorna Fothergill and her guitarist husband Jules Fothergill for Blues In Britain and Moray’s brother Al Stuart took the photos on the tracks of a railway line that is still in use.

Alan Glen has played with too many bands to mention and pops up all over the UK blues scene. Alan plays harmonica, guitar and sings on at least fifty separate albums. He was only talking about three of them when he came to Blues In Britain, namely The Barcodes: Be Cool The Very Best of the Barcodes, Little Axe: If You Want Loyalty Buy A Dog and Nine Below Zero: Live In Europe 1992. He is also one of the main players, with John O’Leary, in a series of tribute concerts, which highlight the music of Junior Wells and Cyril Davies.

We have an e-letter from yet another young UK guitarist and singer Nat Martin. His band’s debut album is called Don’t Lose Your Cool and has ten original tracks. Nat lists Albert Collins as a major influence.

We have reports of The King Biscuit Festival, The Torquay Festival and The Carlisle Festival. King Biscuit was probably the last gig Hubert Sumlin played before he died aged eighty.

Coming up in 2012 is the anniversary of the start of the British Blues Boom. If you have any memories or photographs and memorabilia from that time, please let us know. Issue 123, for March 2012, will be celebrating it On 17th March 2012, a plaque will be unveiled on the building, which housed The Ealing Club, in the basement, back in 1962.

Fran Leslie

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