What’s New In Issue 97

December 26, 2009 in Editorial

Issue 97To start the year we have two major articles on UK artists who excel at different ends of the blues. Justin Adams has gone from being a major mainstream musician to working in the World music genre with African musicians. He has a 2009 album out, Tell No Lies, which he recorded with Gambian, Juldeh Camara. They are touring in the UK in January. I met Justin Adams at Kings Place, the new venue in London, just before a gig he did with Juldeh in October last year.

Guitarist Marcus Bonfanti and pianist and keyboard player Paddy Milner joined up to form Paddy Milner & The Big Sounds and to work with the fabulous US soul and r & b singer Earl Thomas. They both write songs and sing soulfully too as you will hear on the eponymous album, Paddy Milner & The Big Sounds, on Marcus’ 2009 album, What Good Am I To You, and the next Paddy Milner album, which will be out soon. Marcus and Paddy came into Blues In Britain to talk to me.

We have three e-letters this month. Two are about US bands, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three and The Wiyos. Pokey was so successful in Edinburgh last year he and his band have been invited back to play as part of Celtic Connections, the Glasgow based festival. The Wiyos also play there and both bands have a few dates in England as well. The third e-letter is from Craig Blundell, a session drummer, who has been brushing up on his shuffles to play with Alan Nimmo’s band, King King.

A new venture is the Blues In Britain Facebook Group. If you join the group you will receive updates on gigs and tours and other blues news from other members, flagged via your email address. Go to www.facebook.com and type Blues In Britain into the search box on the top right corner. If you want to post something yourself, add it to the site but also send a brief message to all members by clicking on message all members on the top left.

Thank you to all of our photographers and reviewers who have covered the recent festivals and live gigs or reviewed albums. Information is coming in about blues festivals and tours for 2010. It looks like a good year!

Fran Leslie

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