Worthenbury Blues Club

Posted on: Wednesday, Jan 23, 2008

What a pleasure I had last Friday night. Despite it’s reasonable proximity to the Peace residence, last Friday was my first ever visit to the “Goin’ Up The Country” blues club at Worthenbury Village Hall. Oh boy! Have I been missing out.

When Pete described the club as a rural juke joint, I really didn’t believe him. I did not expect a small, packed room with the majority of seats occupied by happy blueslovers an hour before the first chord was strummed. The atmosphere was very good indeed and I could only wonder about just how many great nights the club has seen in it’s short history. The weather outside was horrible but inside the welcome was warm.

The three guys have done a marvellous job in creating a top notch experience in a very unexpected setting. Worthenbury is a pretty posh, rural village in the borderland between Wales and England a 20 min drive or thereabouts from the urban centre of Wrexham. One would expect country fairs, shove ha’penny and dominoes not Gibson’s, slides and signifyin’. The room has been decorated with an array of bluesy posters that really add to the atmosphere.

With a pint of Plassey ale in my hand I saw slidemaster Michael Messer accompanied by long-time musical partner Ed Genis. While clearly not a singer, Michael has the touch of an angel while playing his selection of slide guitars and his range of material was very broad — as well as a number of tradititional blues songs, he also covered tunes a fair distance away from the traditional delta stylings of many a slider. I know that Grahame will be writing a proper review and I will feature that shortly with a couple of photos from the show.

The entertainment was great, the atmosphere was excellent and this analytical chemist turned IT consultancy manager turned blues webmaster was very impressed indeed. I will be taking the dark road to Worthenbury many more times this year and I strongly advise that you join me for this unique experience.

There are some excellent shows coming up; I know that the club is often sold out so I advise booking early.

I have uploaded a flyer for the club that you can download at will to act as a reference for the forthcoming attractions.

Worthenbury Flyer

See you there



January 23rd, 2008 at 09:40
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Great to hear that Ken and Grahame have visited Worthenbury. It really is a marvellous venue and the lads invariably put great acts on. Hope to see you there in the future.



January 23rd, 2008 at 12:54
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Ahem! Point of order before Grahame steps in….
Grahame has visited Worthenbury before. I was the only bluesinthenorthwest.com Worthenbury virgin that night.

People will certainly be able to see me there again. For instance I fully expect to be present at the next Worthenbury offering on Fri Feb 8th when The excellent Spikedrivers will be the featured act.



January 23rd, 2008 at 18:13
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I can only echo Ken’s sentiments – a great little room, nice feel and atmosphere and lovely to catch up with everyone down there after a long time on my SECOND visit – and Mr. Messer and Ed weren’t bad either!!


Pete Evans

January 23rd, 2008 at 21:31
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Thanks everyone for the kind words and review – makes it all worthwhile.