Venue: Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club
Posted on: Saturday, Jan 19, 2008
Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club
Royal British Legion Social Club
We would like to mention this Club having recently discovered its existence by spotting a gig date in December last year in the excellent publication Blues in Britain.
The gig in question was Bernie Marsden with the brilliant Stoke based Jim Kirkpatrick band Heavy Weather. We travel regularly to Warrington Blues Club, The Harbourside in Liverpool and many other venues large and small. Corrie, Eastenders et al are no competition when there is live music to be had! Anyway, back to the Bluefunk club, as with all these venues it is organised by one or two enthusiastic people who have a great interest in keeping music live and introducing live entertainment to the public at large. Gary and his Son – both in Bands of their own – are the main guys here. The venue itself is renowned for its Real Ale and is featured in the Good Beer Guide, the club room has its own bar and in house sound system. Generally gigs are monthly on a Thursday evening but extra gigs are often organised giving young bands, for instance, an opportunity to play in front of an audience also fund raising events. Capacity is around a hundred and for the Bernie Marsden gig it was packed to the gunnels. Bernie and co had a great time and the atmosphere was perfect for all concerned. We have been again in January to see the Cheshire based Dave Richmond Band, a four piece with Dave providing main vocals and some very slick Fender guitar. Own penned songs and some classic covers were presented to the appreciative audience, the presence of a wonderful old Leslie speaker gave the keys that lovely authentic Hammond sound and the solid rhythm section kept the band nice and tight. Its about a 30 minute drive from west of Bolton where we live and is pretty central for easy access with plenty of free, safe car parking. Check this place out you won’t regret it. See you there.
Andy and Chris
Andy and Chris later added…
The club is run by a guy called Garry White. The club did have a website up until recently but something happened and he has lost everything. So until it is up and running again he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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