What’s New in Issue 107

October 31, 2010 in Editorial

Three of the musicians who are featured in this issue are key figures in the UK blues scene and have a musical connection. Harmonica player Paul Lamb came to London from Newcastle and soon made a name for himself. When they were not touring, Paul and his band, The King Snakes, hosted a Sunday afternoon blues jam at Bob’s Goodtime Blues at The Station Tavern in North Kensington. Paul’s success means that he is not often in the UK now, but recently he found time to come in to Blues In Britain to talk about his latest album Mind Games.

One of the next generation of UK blues musicians who gained experience at that jam was guitarist Todd Sharpville. Paul Lamb can remember him coming in as a youngster. Todd and singer Earl Green, in turn, started a blues jam at The Weavers Arms in Stoke Newington, which fostered a lot of homegrown talent. Todd has just released a double album, called Porchlight, and he too sat in the interview chair and told me about it.

One of The Weavers jammers back then was guitarist, singer and front man Ian Siegal. Ian has had a good year. His latest album, Broadside, was named as MOJO magazine’s Blues Album of the Year and his band was voted Blues Band of the Year in the British Blues Awards. He is embarking on his first solo tour, promoting his solo album The Dust, alongside US one-man-band from the USA, Ben Prestage. Ian came into Blues In Britain to tell me about it all.

The only e-letter this month is from Oxfordshire based blues band kingB. It has been up and running for many years and, from what guitarist John Lanyon writes, will play at any kind of function bar the opening of a window. They have also played at some prestigious festivals. Read about them here and catch up with their music on MySpace.

Our occasional series Blues Radio features Radio Wey. This is one of several internet radio stations that airs a decent blues show. Martin Clarke’s award winning Blues Sessions goes out on Friday evenings. You should listen in!

We also have reports of Newark Blues Festival and the Orkney Blues Festival as well as the usual CD and live reviews. Space means we have to hold over some reviews until next month. Thanks to every one who has sent in reviews and photographs. It makes the whole thing happen.

Fran Leslie

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