What’s New in Issue 106

September 30, 2010 in Editorial

This month we have Tim Aves, one of the movers and shakers in the UK blues scene, on the cover. A stalwart of the Essex scene as a bandleader, singer and harmonica player in many bands, he is also a radio presenter and a DJ and MC at many of the Boogaloo weekends. He recently played with his band Wolfpack at Ealing Summer Blues Festival. Tim has to be seen live! I called him up to ask him about how he formed Wolfpack.

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band is on tour in October. From the clips on YouTube, they should be great to see. The have a new CD out, called The Wages. Pete Evans, of Going Up The Country Blues & Roots Club, interviewed The Reverend J Peyton by email for Blues In Britain.

Leader of the Radiotones and solo guitarist and singer Dave Arcari hails from Scotland. He has a new album out called, Devil’s Left Hand, which is released on 1st November and has sent in an e-letter to Blues In Britain to tell us about it. Dave will be touring to promote the album.

The First Time I Met The Blues, by Tim Turner, is a book about a fictional blues band based in Watford but the episodes described will be familiar to many bands. Tim has sent in an e-letter, his own critique of the book and why he wrote it; it turns out he is a wannabe harmonica player!

Guitarist and singer Clare Free released an album in April this year called Be Who You Are. In her e-letter she tells how she has recorded four tracks for a live EP, which you can you can download for free from her web site.

Most of the live reviews are from festivals at home and abroad. It was an excellent summer for live music and the Autumn promises more at Swanage, Beer, Carlisle and Tenby.

The results of the British Blues Awards were announced at The Newark Blues Festival on 11th September. They are listed on the Blues News pages. It was a great festival by all accounts. As we went to press we heard with great sadness that Kevin Thorpe, leader of Tipping Point, came off the stage at Newark after a great set, packed up his gear, went to the hospitality tent and died. His family, his friends and those in the blues community who knew him are in shock. Scott Duncan has written an appreciation for Blues In Britain.

Walter Trout says, ‘You never know the moment of your going; you should play every gig as if it is your last. That’s how people will remember you.’ By all accounts Kevin did.

Fran Leslie

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Comments (1)


  1. billy says:

    the automatic slim days where very good , we saw the new band wolfpack and they where no more than average with nothing new or refreshing on offer , good musicians but predictably boring , would i pay to see them , no.

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