What’s New In Issue 86

February 4, 2009 in Editorial

The festival season starts early this year with the 1st North London Blues Festival, in N13, and the 1st Broadstairs Blues Bash, in Kent, first off the blocks. The Banbury and Swanage festivals are in March and the Burnley Festival is over the Easter Weekend. We could do with some relief from the credit crunch and the awful winter!

The This Is Soul Tour continues to spread some cheer, with Geno Washington, Jimmy James and this month’s cover star P P Arnold. I have always loved her wonderful voice, so it was a great pleasure to call Pat to ask her about the tour and what she has been doing.

Steve Ellis was the soulful singer in Love Affair in his youth. According to Trevor Hodgett, who has interviewed Steve for Blues In Britain, his new album Best of Days is an impressive comeback.

We also have an e-letter from Ciarz of The Pontiax, a band that has emerged from a blues jam that he hosts in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. Ciarz grew up hearing Belfast blues men Jim Daly, Ronnie Greer and Eric Bell. If you cannot get to see The Pontiax live, you can read about them here and check out the band’s MySpace site.

If you are staying in, get the album Do It & More, which features the wonderful singer and guitarist Jo Ann Kelly, who is no longer with us, alas. However, the other musicians on the album are and these include her musical family, her brother, Dave Kelly and her husband, the guitarist Peter Emery. Peter has written a personal piece for our e-letter series, in which he talks about his life and times, bringing us up to date with what he is doing now. There is a hint of a tour with the Dave Kelly Band and Christine Collister, later this year; something else to look forward to.

Fran Leslie

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Comments (2)


  1. Daniel Kear says:

    Dear Sir

    Where can I buy a copy of Blues in britian issue 86 in or arround Bristol, or can I order one on line



  2. BiB webmaster says:

    The simplest way would be to use the form on our Back Issues page, and ask for Issue 86

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