Gig: Summer schedule for Worthenbury

Posted on: Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Summer schedule for Worthenbury

Goin’ Up The Country Blues & Roots Club at Worthenbury Village Hall
For tickets and info please ring 01948 770215
Unless stated, entry is £10, doors open @ 8pm and music starts 9pm
*Please check the gig dates with us beforehand as sometimes dates do change*

“The best little blues club in Europe…” Otis Taylor, Oct 2006
“I wish I could bottle your audience and take them with me” Sonny BlacK, March 2007
“You’ve got something special here” Geoff Muldaur, April 2007
“This is just like a Mississippi juke joint” Big George Brock, June 2007
“I’ll be back, I guarantee that” Harper July 2007
“We’d love to come back if you’ll have us” Gerry McAvoy (Nine Below Zero) Jan 2007
“The best gig we’ve done in ages” The Spikedrivers Feb 2008
“I’ve been looking forward so much to coming here- it’s cracking” Jim Crawford March 2008
“This place is amazing” Roland Chadwick March 2008

MAY 9th BENNY GALLAGHER brings yet another coup for little Worthenbury.
Teaming up in the 60s with Graham Lyle at Apple music he co wrote songs for Mary Hopkin amongst others. However, after Apple, the duo’s song writing bloomed with McGuinness Flint’s When I’m Dead and Gone and Malt and Barley Blues. They continued to chart regularly as a duo with I Want to Stay With You, Heart on My Sleeve and Breakaway. This song was also a major hit for Art Garfunkel. Another of their songs A Heart in New York was also played by Simon and Garfunkel in front of 500,000 in the famous 1979 Central Park concert.
Benny is a very fine acoustic guitarist and plays a great selection of his compositions, with a touch of blues (He’s worked with legendary Arthur “Big Boy Crudup and Champion Jack Dupree). £12

SAT JUNE 14th TOMMY ALLEN & JOHNY HEWITT These two superb young musicians have recently got together to perform as an acoustic duo whilst still fronting their respective bands Trafficker and Smokehouse Blues . Their first gig in Macclesfield was a sellout and a great success with Tommy playing acoustic guitar, resonator, mandolin and banjo backed up by Johny’s superb harp whilst they shared vocal duties. £10

WORTHENBURY FESTIVAL – Sat JUNE 28th – booked are Lightnin’ Willie & The Poor Boys (Texas), Bill Sheffield (Georgia) and Dave Saunders, Tommy Allen and Johny Hewitt, The Stumble, Dave Arcari, Sam Payne, The Blues Missiles with Tommy Allen.
Now located in the village – 2.30pm – 6pm, 6pm – 11pm Great value at £20 for whole day, £15 evening, U16s half price, U12s free, camping and caravan site, Refreshments, Real Ale tent, Hog Roast, Side Stalls, Great new secure location.

AUGUST 1st There may be a gig on this date with a visiting USA bluesman TBC

SEPTEMBER 26th LITTLE TOBY WALKER American acoustic blues, folk and ragtime guitarist Little Toby at long last makes his Worthenbury debut. Winner of the prestigious 2002 Memphis Blues Challenge he takes much of his influence from the acoustic greats of Mississippi like RL Burnside, Eugene Powell, James “Son” Thomas all of whom he regularly played with. Has played all the major USA and UK venues and festivals – don’t miss him £10

SAT OCTOBER 25th RAG MAMA RAG This superb acoustic duo make a welcome return. Their gig in Feb ’07 was quite amazing with Ashley Dow’s guitar work drawing gasps from a near sellout, backed up by Deborah’s great harp and percussion – a highlite of last year. £10

What a night this promises to be with the first appearance in Worthenbury of an African/American Blues Diva. Diana from Canada is backed by superb Canadian blues guitarist Chris and one of the world’s greatest blues pianists Bob and his partner Hilary Blythe on bass. They will cover a whole range of blues with stories and tales of the greats like Bessie Smith , Lonnie Jonson, Tampa Red, Memphis Minnie and Big Bill Broonzy. Diana’s family were escaped slaves 4 generations ago who tavelled to freedom on the “underground railroad” eventually settling in Canada, so the Blues is in her blood. She has played with John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Robert Cray amongst others whilst Chris was the 1st Canadian to play the Chicago Blues Festival and has played with all the greats including the legendary Lonnie Johnson. Bob needs no introduction to regulars having been at the forefront of British blues. A founder member of The Savoy Brown Blues Band, he has also played for Fleetwood Mac and played with The Rolling Stones as well as John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter. He also often appears with The Blues Band. £13

Keep in touch regarding a possible exciting booking for DECEMBER but in JANUARY 2009 we have a major coup to announce. A very big act has agreed to play for us… we’ll keep you in suspense till later !!!!

Remember to check all gigs a week before in case we have late changes to the schedule

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