Worthenbury Autumn Line Up

Posted on: Saturday, Aug 30, 2008

Goin’ Up The Country Blues & Roots Club at Worthenbury Village Hall
For tickets and info please ring 01948 770215 www.hookerblues.co.uk
Unless stated, entry is £10, doors open @ 8pm and music starts 9pm
*Please check the gig dates with us  before hand as sometimes dates do change*
Also check bluesinthenorthwest.com for up to date news on blues in the area

THINGS THEY HAVE SAID…

“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
“Had a great time – been raving about the club ever since” Roland Chadwick March 2008

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 26th LITTLE TOBY WALKER  £10
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 . Check out his You Tube -“Nobody’s fault but mine” – amazing

SAT OCTOBER 25th RAG MAMA RAG   £10
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 highlight of last year.  You Tube – “Hard time blues”

SAT NOVEMBER 15th DIANA LEE BRAITHWAITE & CHRIS WHITELEY with BOB HALL £13
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 travelled 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.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 5th  TRAFFICKER + GUESTS  £10
Tommy Allen with his new rhythm section of Chris Lomas and Mickey Barker invite guests Graham Toone (guest at the Mojo Buford gig) on piano and Johny Hewitt (Smokehouse) on harmonica to a great Christmas bash of blues and rock’n’roll. Covering all aspects of the music it’s a chance for all to dance or listen so the hall will be set up accordingly.

FRIDAY DECEMBER 19th HARPER   £10
Following the amazing gig that Aussie harp and didgeridoo player Harper with his full American band gave us last July, we are thrilled to announce his return in one of only a couple of dates in the UK. It was a truly memorable night and you can catch a sample of it on Youtube. One of the tightest bands we’ve ever heard – cancel Christmas parties for this gig!

FRIDAY JANUARY  Jan 9th PAUL JONES & DAVE KELLY tickets @ £15 in advance please.
When we saw Paul and Dave in Chester two years ago, Paul said “When are you going to invite us up to your little blues club that I’ve heard so much about”. Well at long last we have been able to confirm that these two legends of British blues are coming to Worthenbury.

We are expecting one or two real American blues legends to appear in the new year.
Already confirmed for April 25th is the wonderful guitarist LOUISIANA RED backed by MICHAEL MESSER. This will be a major coup again for us as 76 year old Red is rightly regarded as one of the most influential bluesmen to come from his state. Michael played a brilliant gig for us in January of  2008 and astounded us with the quality of his guitar work.

We are also hoping to confirm around Februarury/March non other than MUD MORGANFIELD aka MUDDY WATERS JUNIOR. The 54 year old oldest son of the greatest blues man ever has recently taken to performing his dad’s music and has taken the American blues world by storm as he bears a frighteningly uncanny resemblance to his dad. One not to miss.

REMEMBER TO CHECK WITH US BEFORE YOU SET OFF IN CASE OF CHANGES
OR CHECK www.bluesinthenorthwest.com FOR NEWS OF BLUES EVENTS IN THE AREA

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