What’s New in Issue 111

February 28, 2011 in Editorial

Spring is nearly here. News of lots of tours and festivals has been coming, so I hope the weather will continue to be fair. There is also an early crop of new albums coming out.

Our cover artist, Eddie Martin has a new album. Eddie is a wonderful musician, whether playing with his big band, a trio, as a one-man band or solo, and a teacher and mentor. This album, called simply Folk and Blues, has Eddie playing solo. I interviewed Eddie by phone and email for Blues In Britain.

Two women are featured in this issue. Erja Lyytinen, the Finnish guitarist, singer, songwriter and bandleader, has been here before with Ruf Records Blues Caravan tour and with her own line-up. She will be touring here with her band, in March, to promote her new studio album Voracious Love. When she was in the UK, recently, for interviews and radio sessions, Erja dropped in to Blues In Britain for a cup of tea and a chat.

The other female artist is Pura Fé, a multiple-heritage American folk, roots and blues singer and guitarist from North Carolina. I met her in London, in December, and she told me about her fascinating background. The Pura Fé trio is playing a one-off event, as part of the Musicmaker Review, at Rich Mix in London on 7th March. The new double CD, Live with the Pura Fe’ Trio, is out in March.

The band BabaJack, of whom our reviewer Bob Jones has spoken highly, has two women in the line up. The singer, Bec, has sent in an e-letter to introduce the band to the rest of us. The band also has an album out called Exercising Demons. The pun is intended.

In January, we lost one of our reviewers, Robert Tilling, after a long struggle with cancer. He was a fine painter, a musician, a music promoter and teacher, as well as a reviewer and photographer. Bob was a lovely man and we miss him. One of his former pupils, the harmonica player and bandleader Giles Robson has written a personal piece for us about Bob.

Our reviews editor, Jon Taylor, is away. His knowledge of the music is a great asset to the magazine, which is vital. With help from Scott Duncan and the Stuart brothers, we have managed to keep up with the many reviews of live and recorded blues that come in. Thanks go to them and to our regular reviewers and photographers for keeping things going!

You, our readers, can play your part by getting out there and supporting live blues.

Fran Leslie

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Comments (1)


  1. One of the best and most talented and virtuoso blues man that I´ve ever met , a virtuoso and authentic musician dificult to find in this time.. Incredible to watch his “One man Band” and his blues band, don´t miss it !! (Apologize for my English)

    Kind regards from Spain.

    Juan Blas Becerra (harmonica player)

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