What’s New In Issue 95

October 31, 2009 in Editorial

Issue 95In this issue there are articles on two touring US musicians. The much-celebrated Boston based guitarist, singer and bandleader Tom Principato is visiting the UK, briefly, for the first time, as part of a European tour. He is playing at Carlisle Blues Festival and at Famous Monday Blues in Oxford. He will be coming back next year for a longer tour. Zach Prather has toured the UK before, as drummer for Luther Allison. Zach fronts his own band on guitar and vocals and is now based in Zurich, so we hope to see more of him too. Both artists have contributed e-letters to introduce themselves to Blues In Britain readers.

Our two home grown featured artists are Tony Remy and Pete Mitchell. Pete Mitchell’s Drive is at the blues-rock end of the genre. As he writes in his e-letter, he has both an album and an autobiography out. Tony Remy has had a career working with jazz and mainstream artists and is currently working with Annie Lennox. In between tours and dates, he is to host a blues evening on Monday nights at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, in Soho. Recently, Tony came in to Blues In Britain to tell me about it.

We also have a photographic review of the 2009 Great British R&B Festival at Colne, courtesy of Alan White of Early Blues. His web site is one of the most informative about blues festivals in the UK. All the photographs we were sent arrived too late for the last issue, so we are running some of them now as a souvenir of a great weekend. Our grateful thanks go to everyone who sends in reviews and photographs.

There are at least two great blues festivals in November, at Tenby and at Carlisle. I cannot get to either, as I will be working on the December issue of the magazine. I will be going to the Cricket St Thomas Blues Weekend, in Chard Somerset, 20th - 23rd November. The hotel was used in the making of the TV series To The Manor Born. If you are there too, please come and introduce yourself! There are lots of great touring shows on the road. Even if it is just a gig at your local venue, get out and see something! The music needs our support.

Fran Leslie

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