The British Blues Exhibition meets Chris Barber

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We have had Chris Barber’s support for the British Blues Exhibition for some time, based on calls and emails. Yet to see the great man face to face has always been an aim. At his show on 29th July 2015, in Dartford, Kent, we met Chris and he signed the exhibition banner.

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Chris took an interest in one or two of the exhibits we had brought along, and can be seen above browsing a 1955 copy of Melody Maker. Meeting Chris and talking with him in person as he readied himself to go and play, will always be one of the best moments in the history of the British Blues Exhibition.

This is an enjoyable article on Chris.

 

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The ‘Briefcase full of Blues’ debut at the Eel Pie Club and on Jukin’ Jenn’s radio

Debut of the briefcase exhibition 9 July 2015 Eel Pie Club

Debut of the briefcase exhibition 9 July 2015 Eel Pie Club

A busy week for the British Blues Exhibition saw the smallest travelling ‘Briefcase full of Blues’ make its live debut at the Eel Pie Club in Twickenham on a night that celebrated the late Art Wood and also raised funds for Prostate Cancer UK, with raffle prizes drawn by Bruce Welch of The Shadows. Numerous artists performed and made it a great night of Rhythm and Blues.

The first exhibition banner, now an exhibit itself, was signed by several of the musicians playing or present on the night including Don Craine (Downliners Sect); Martin Turner (Wishbone Ash); Chris Hunt (Lonnie Donegan); Ali McKenzie (The Birds); Derek Griffiths (The Artwoods).

The banner already had the signatures of Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones); Terry Taylor (Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings); Chantel McGregor; and Georgie Fame.

Additionally, the exhibition founder, Darren, recorded a show for Jukin’ Jenn. You can listen to the show here.

John Mayall – All Your Love – From the famed ‘Beano’ album, one of the milestones in the career of one of the British Blues Exhibition supporters. John returns to the UK to appear at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in November

Junior Wells – Come on in This House – From the 92-volume  ‘Blues Collection’ of magazine and CD’s that were on issue years ago and able to be bought by British Blues fans

The Laura Holland Band – The One and Only Jimmy Reed – A contemporary British band who here pay their respects to numerous Blues and Soul icons, and feature John O’Leary (Savoy Brown/Sugarkane) on harmonica

Alexis Korner – Leaving Blues – Korner was one of the most significant people in early British Blues and featured the late Cyril Davies on harmonica in his Blues Incorporated

The Yardbirds – For Your Love – Eric Clapton left The Yardbirds for John Mayall’s Blues Breakers after recording this ‘pop’ song

Willie Dixon – Little Red Rooster – Some argue that The Rolling Stones cover of this song, in 1964, was the only ever British Blues song to chart at number 1 in the UK

Big Joe Turner – Roll ‘Em – Big Joe Turner has inspired many artists including the Exhibition’s one man band curator, Andy Twyman, who covers his song TV Mama

Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes – Jumpin Judy – Paul Lamb is one of the Exhibition’s curators and one of his harmonica’s was in the Briefcase full of Blues

Chris Thomas King – Hoodoo Party  – Not a frequent visitor to the UK, but supported Robert Cray on a tour here

Mavis Staples – See That My Grave is Clear – Mavis appeared at the Clapham Grand and Glastonbury not long ago

The Animals – Let it Rock – one of the great early British Blues acts, here with Sonny Boy Williamson II. Eric Burdon recently featured at the Lead Belly Fest in the Royal Albert Hall

The Blues Brothers – B Movie Box Car Blues – Delbert McClinton‘s song covered by the Blues Brothers. The Original Blues Brothers Band often play in the UK

Long John Baldry – Sunshine of Your Love – Cream’s classic with Jack Bruce before the tribute night at the Roundhouse on 24th October. Long John had Elton John in his band for a period

Otis Grand – Between Heaven and Hell – Otis has contributed numerous items to the exhibition and has lived in the UK for many years

BB King – Blues Man – in tribute to the King of the Blues who played in the UK many times

Thanks to Jenn and the Eel Pie Club for both opportunities.

Jamie Pipe announced as fourth exhibition curator/spokesman

Jamie Pipe, keyboard player with young British Blues-Rock act The Mentulls, is the fourth Curator announced by the British Blues Exhibition, following Andy Twyman (one man band), Paul Lamb (harmonica) and Roger Inniss (bass).

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.

Jamie Pipe is brother of The Mentulls vocalist/guitarist Andrew. The band have been playing from a young age, are indeed still at a young age, and have supported numerous famous Blues and Rock acts. Jamie himself is largely influenced by musicians who were themselves influenced by the Blues. Check out his page here.