The first brief entry of Blues history has made its debut on the British Blues Exhibition website. A few words about the history of the iconic Flamingo Club in London with stories from Don Craine and Nick Newall, artists still performing at modern tribute nights can be found here.
The British Blues Exhibition has a logo. The logo is in a heraldic shield style indicating history, contains a representation of the Union Jack. Its centrepiece is a deerstalker hat, a very British symbol and worn by Don Craine of The Downliners Sect on stage for over fifty years. This is flanked by a guitar, central to British Blues and representing the Gibson ES-335 model favoured by the late Alvin Lee of Ten Years After, and a trombone, the instrument of Chris Barber, the father of British Blues.
The motto, Breaking Blues Again, is in honour of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and sums up what the Exhibition is aiming to achieve.
The British Blues Exhibition website and – when ready – events exist to celebrate British Blues from the very start to the modern day.
It is with sadness that we note the passing on 25th October 2014 of Jack Bruce, one of the most notable musicians and composers of British Blues, especially famous for his work with the band Cream.
A particularly fine tribute has been paid to Jack by Downbeat magazine in the US, and this can be read here.