Blues around the UK – Kent

The British Blues Exhibition is publishing via it’s blog information on Blues across the UK. The first such post is on Kent and can be viewed here.

Its initial main image concerns the Saiichi Sugiyama Band/Paul Cook Band gig at Leo’s Red Lion in Gravesend on 21st October 2017.

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Blue notes at the Green Note

What’s cool in British Blues, I hear you ask? Who’s young and can maybe rise to the stratospheric levels of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, who used to grind out gigs and play Blues (and a lot of other music) on his way up? And where’s cool? Are there any iconic places out there?

Not easy questions those, at all. So rather than seek an elusive, definitive answer, let’s take one act, one gig, and one place as a focus.

Blues-Boogie one man band and humorous eclectic eccentric Andy Twyman, who appeared with Rag ‘n’ Bone Man in the past, plays the Green Note in Camden on Saturday 18th February. Andy recognises it as a “top, top venue” as does Time Out in it’s awards (those awards hang proudly on the wall of the venue).

Andy is thrilled about this date and has shared his excitement in the video above. We’ve been to the venue and seen a couple of really good acts squeezed in to the cosy, veggie food-smelling place with its warm atmosphere and excellent welcome. Not just Blues either, though Ruth Theodore and The Goat Roper Rodeo Band certainly have Blues in their souls. No, this is a music venue. Don’t worry about the genre, this is a place that draws in good music like a magnet draws iron filings. Beware, Blues lovers, this place has something you’re not used to, queues outside ahead of opening time. If the good people at the Green Note say ‘Book early to avoid disappointment’, it is actually true.

So, an exciting place. Andy’s finest, or certainly most famous, hour so far has been with the song and video ‘A Naked Noel’, but for those who love Blues with a fresh twist, he’s your man, as the video to ‘Stand Up’ proves. An apt choice to end on as The Green Note can be standing room only at times.

The Green Note – www.greennote.co.uk

Andy Twyman – www.andytwyman.com

 

The Burlesque and Blues Revue, 15th September 2016

For the third time in 2016, the British Blues Exhibition is putting on live music, this time with a difference. This show, on Thursday 15th September, is the Burlesque and Blues Revue.

Four music acts will perform alongside seven burlesque acts on that date at London’s Proud Camden venue. The musical artists are Peter Donegan, Andy Twyman, Auld Man’s Baccie, and The Great West Groove, and the burlesques artists are Baby Boo, Blondie Valentine, Cerise Mae, Constance Peach, Helene De Joie, and Scarletta Fire.

Come and see this unique and special event.

Tickets here £6 in advance, £10 on the door.

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.