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).
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
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.