As he begins his latest UK and European tour, we spoke with British Blues Exhibition supporter Mud Morganfield in a hotel location with some background noise, in the morning following his appearance at The Jazz Cafe. Tour dates can be viewed via the websites below and the latest known list beneath them. Mud talks about his father, his mother and her basement, performing on TV’s Later with Jools Holland, joining Hugh Laurie on stage in Chicago, Jukin’ Jenn and her broadcast the Bucket of Blues, his stage dress code, his band, and what he will give the British Blues Exhibition to show off, his recent album, For Pops, with Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and more. It is one thing reading an interview with a top performer like Mud, but listening to him speak is special. Enjoy the interview here. Browse and enjoy all our specially recorded audio interviews here. Websites: http://www.mudmorganfieldsite.com/ http://www.mudmorganfieldblues.com/ Dates known at time of writing: Thursday, 30/04/2015, Arlington Arts Centre, Mary Hare, Newbury http://www.arlingtonarts.co.uk/ May Friday, 01/05/2015, North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam, Holland. http://www.northseajazzclub.com/ Saturday 02/05/2015 Rhythm & Blues Night, De Oosterpoort, Groningen, Holland /www.rhythmbluesnight.nl Sunday, 03/05/2015, Isle of Arts Festival, Ventnor, Isle of Wight. http://www.artsisle.org/ Monday, 04/05/2015, Selby Town Hall, York St, Selby, North Yorkshire. http://www.selbytownhall.co.uk/ Wednesday, 06/05/2015, The Castle, Castle Way, Wellingborough NN8 1XA 01933 229 022. http://www.thecastle.org.uk/ Thursday, 07/05/2015, Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham, Glos 01452 862332 or 07545385518. http://charltonkingsclub.co.uk/index.php/events/vonnies-blues-club Friday, 08/05/2015, The Met, Bury, Greater Manchester 0161 761 2216. http://themet.biz/ Saturday, 09/05/2015, 1865 Club, Brunswick Square, Southampton 023 80 222 605 www.the1865.com Friday, 22/05/2015, Blues on the Bay Festival, Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland http://bluesonthebay.co.uk Saturday, 23/05/2015, Ashburton Blues Festival, Seale Hayne Nr Newton Abbot, Devon http://www.ashburtonbluesfestival.co.uk/ Sunday, 24/05/2015, Iron Road Rock Bar, 140 High St, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4EJ 07831 338277 https://www.facebook.com/theironroad Monday, 25/05/2015, Ribs and Blues Festival, Raalte, Holland http://ribsenblues.nl/ June Thursday, 18/06/2015, Boisdale Canary Wharf, London, http://tickets.boisdale.co.uk/pages/events/a-blues-spectacular-with-the-incredible-mud-morganfield/18-06-2015/
The British Blues Exhibition is a hub for British Blues history and for the contemporary scene. That includes musicians of all ages in British Blues; overseas acts who tour the UK; wider culture such as theatre, art, and literature; and the people behind the scenes. We have many exhibits and our travelling exhibitions are making appearances at events. We are working towards establishing a permanent exhibition celebrating British Blues. With support from Chris Barber, John Mayall, Mud Morganfield, Huey Morgan, Connie Lush, and Cream lyricist and poet Pete Brown, we’re Breaking Blues Again.
Aspects of the British Blues Exhibition have Curators with particular relevant experience and expertise. The role of a Curator is to help build relevant content in the British Blues Exhibition and to act as a spokesman in their field of knowledge.
Andy Twyman, still just 22 years old, has been performing live since 11 years of age, and has already played the 100 Club, the Ealing Blues Festival, the Great Rock and Blues Festival in Skegness, and has performed in Paris and toured in Spain. His last album, Blues You Haven’t Heard Before, was well received, and the highly respected and ex-Pretty Things performer, Robin Bibi, has described Andy as “the new Duster Bennett”.
Good news that this was found and is being published
John Mayall, Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie were together for just three months that year as part of Mayall’s Bluesbreakers band.
The music was recorded in five clubs in and around London, including The Marquee and The Ram Jam. It is, for blues aficionados, an immersion into musical history. And it sounds like a 1960s live electric blues performance should: rough, echoey, raw.
The four musicians all went on to various degrees of fame. Mayall is still an active blues man at 81, the “godfather” of the British electric blues that swept the country in the 1960s and helped promote it beyond its black roots base back in the United States.
At various times and in various incarnations, his band has featured Cream’s Eric Clapton and…
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Recently, the British Blues Exhibition announced its first competition. If you Wish For What You Want and enter, you might just win 52 (fifty-two) CD’s, one to listen to every week of the year.
The competition closing date is midnight on the 5th of December 2015, so the lucky winner could enjoy a particularly good Christmas and a musical New Year. Most of the CD’s are, of course, Blues, but not all…. The winning entry to the competition will be drawn by award-winning British harmonica player, Paul Lamb, of Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes.
To enter the competition, title an email “BritBluesComp”. One entry per person is allowed; entrants who enter more than once will be disqualified.
The competition question and three options to choose as your answer are below. Please write your choice, A, B, or C in the body of your email. Correct answers will be in the final draw. The winner will be contacted by email and should provide their postal address within 14 days of the notification email being sent or there will be a re-draw to find a new winner. Please send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who was the lead singer of British Blues act The Animals, who will be appearing at the Lead Belly Fest at the Royal Albert Hall on 15th June?
A. Paul Jones
B. Eric Clapton
C. Eric Burdon
The CD’s selected as prizes (with 40 to follow) are:
12. Vargas Blues Band (Spain), From The Dark. Highly accomplished Blues Rock from the Iberian peninsula;
11. – Debbie Bond and the Trudats, US, That Thing Called Love. Properly tuneful and melodic Blues from Alabama
10. – Matt O’Ree (US), Live In Denver, CO. A hard hitting guitarist with a new album coming with quite a stunning array of guests;
9. – Blacktop Deluxe (UK), Turn Up, Be Nice, Play Hard. Guitarist Keith Howe was just getting into fine form with Blue on Black when they disbanded, here he has gone one better;
8. – Marcus Malone (UK), Let The Sunshine In (UK). One of Britain’s finest guitar slingers, thoughin fact Marcus hails originally from Detroit, USA;
7. – The Mighty Bosscats (UK), Boiling Pot. A strong mix of British songs, at times with similarities to Dire Straits;
6. – The Sharpees (UK), Mississippi Thrill, feat. Roger Cotton (Peter Green’s Splinter Group), Brian Willoughby (The Strawbs) and Richard Hayes (Bad Influence). Real Rockin’ Rhythms and a British Blues sound (akin to Dr Feelgood);
5. – The City Boys Allstars (US), Blinded By The Night, feat Tom ‘Bones’ Malone and ‘Blue’ Lou Marini of The Blues Brothers Band. Blues, Rock, Soul and more played by a big band of some of the best musicians on the New York scene;
4. – Andy Twyman (UK), Blues You Haven’t Heard Before. Superb one-man Blues Boogie from a young master of the craft;
3. – The Axis of Awesome (Australia) – an inspired comedy Rock act who tour the UK at intervals – signed copy of Cry YOURSELF a RIVER; 33 million viewers have seen their ace Four Chord Song on You Tube;
2. – The Enzymes and the Active Ingredients (US), feat. Murphy Dunne from the Blues Brothers Band. Seriously eclectic Rock ‘n’ Roll;
1. – The Billy Walton Band (US), signed copy of Wish For What You Want, out on Vizztone Records on 27th January, the new album by a fabulous New Jersey band touring the UK in April and June 2015. Feat. Southside Johnny, Tony Braunagel (Back Street Crawler, Eric Burdon, Robert Cray Band), and Mike Finnigan (Bonnie Raitt, Phantom Blues Band).