What’s New in Issue 118

October 2, 2011 in Editorial

Blues is a world music that has no boundaries and travels back and forth around the world. Europeans revere UK blues much as we Brits respect American blues men. The mutual admiration between French guitarist Charlie Fabert and UK soul singer Paul Cox should be no surprise. However, Paul Cox was somewhat amazed to find that Charlie was a fan of his music before their chance meeting at The Eel Pie Club, two years ago. It was the beginning of a great collaboration.

Paul came in to Blues In Britain to talk about their new record, That’s What We Were Born For, and Blake Powell of Note Records made a short video, which you can see on our site.

When we met at London’s South Bank, jazz and blues guitarist Billy Jenkins told me that he is giving up playing live. Billy’s new album, called Jazz Gives Me The Blues, may or may not be his last and is the result of a project that was put on hold for seven years. If the interview seems a little idiosyncratic, well it was; at times, Billy was interviewing me!

Jay Tamkin is another of the young up and coming blues guitarists, stepping into the role as others are stepping out. He has written an e-letter to tell us about his new album Alibi a follow up to Sorted his first album. This time Jay has had more control of the project.

The festival reviews are taking up much of the space in this issue and there are still more to come at Beer and Swanage in the South West and various places in the North East, in October. The Carlisle Blues Festival is one of the highlights of November. The Gig Guide has flowed over onto an extra page this month.

I was at the Newark Blues Festival for the presentation of the 2011 British Blues Awards, organised by the Nottingham Blues Society. Blues In Britain nominated Paul Jones for a Lifetime Achievement Award, which I presented to him on Sunday 11th September. A new award for song writing, in memory of Kevin Thorpe who died at the festival last year, went to Joanne Shaw Taylor for her song "Same As It Never Was". A tree has been planted in Newark Castle Park in memory of Kevin and a plaque was unveiled at the start of Sunday’s award s programme. Most of us were moved to tears.

Fran Leslie

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