Chris Barber interviewed at 86

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Jazz trombone player and bandleader Chris Barber has been performing for well over 50 years. His Jazz band included notables such as Ottillie Paterson, Skiffle legend Lonnie Donegan (Chris played double bass on Lonnie’s smash hit ‘Rock Island Line’), and Alexis Korner of Blues Incorporated and co-founder of the first electric Blues club in the UK, the Ealing Club, which continues to this day.

Chris was also instrumental in the arrival in the UK of American Blues greats including Muddy Waters and Big Bill Broonzy. His interactions with the Blues have continued, including his appearance at the Lead Belly Fest at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015, and interactions with artists such as Dave Kelly from The Blues Band and Eric Clapton.

Here, in his dressing room at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley, London on 19th April 2016, two days after his 86th birthday, Chris talks about his career from his earliest days until now, listen via this link for content including:

– Why he didn’t play the Eel Pie Island Hotel or Chislehurst Caves (which he passed on the way to his Bromley venue) and why he liked playing Gaumont theatres

– The “fantastic” Muddy Waters – and his being compelled to play acoustic guitar – and Otis Spann

– Eric Clapton

– The Beatles and Billy Preston and The Cavern Club

– Howlin’ Wolf

– Sister Rosetta Tharpe

– Jools Holland and Ruby Turner

– His father and his introduction to music, rationing and wartime evacuation and his first 78rpm records. Plus reading a book on the Blues found on a USAAF rubbish dump

– Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett

– The trombone that he briefly plays during the interview, after unzipping it from its case

– The album ‘Memories Of My Trip’

Chris Barber’s website is here. Go and see him and his band!

 

New audio interview: Bernie Marsden and DJ Alan Hare

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Bernie Marsden, guitarist with Whitesnake and UFO and others, is one of those Blues-loving British musicians who have made their mark at the heavier end of music. Here he is interviewed at the Ramblin’ Man Fair 2015 by DJ Alan Hare of Hospital Radio Medway and talks about his life and influences and his latest album, Shine.

Alan is himself interviewed about his own show following Bernie’s interview.

Bernie Marsden’s website: www.berniemarsden.co.uk

Hospital Radio Medway: www.hospitalradiomedway.co.uk

Ramblin’ Man Fair: www.ramblinmanfair.com

More interviews are on our Exhibition Audio page here.

Pete Brown interviewed

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Recently, the British Blues Exhibition interviewed Pete Brown, musician, producer, film maker, singer, lyricist and poet, about his life, co-writing with Jack Bruce and Cream, and more. You can hear the resulting interview here and check out all the exhibition audio interviews here.

Audio interview with Mud Morganfield

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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/

Audio interview with Ali MacKenzie and Derek Griffiths

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The Crawdaddy Club, Richmond, hosted a live album launch for Birdwood, a band made up of some of the people in British Blues with serious history – and a serious hunger to play the Blues and have fun doing it. The British Blues Exhibition interviewed vocalist Ali MacKenzie and Derek Griffiths and captured a hint of the music and the introduction to the members of the band. Prominent in the history of the two interviewed are people including Ronnie Wood, Art Wood, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker. Advice offered by Sister Rosetta Tharpe was especially notable. Listen here.

Listen and hear about how Ali’s and Derek’s careers have ben impacted by:

Jon Lord, the Artwoods, Mike Cotton Sound, Ronnie Wood, Colin Blunstone, Keef Hartley, Dog Soldier, Theatre, Art Wood, Art Wood Combo, West Drayton Community Centre, The Who, The Birds, The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things, Denmark Street, Eel Pie Club, Derek Griffiths, Ali MacKenzie, Chris Parren, Rocky Horror Show, The Strawbs, Jim Diamond, Keith Grant Evans, Downliners Sect, Mark Freeman, Chubby Checker, Dave Berry, Chuck Berry, Chuck Berry London Sessions, 100 Club, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Radio Caroline, BBC Radio One, The Move, Tony Blackburn, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Motown, and The Everley Brothers.