Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 29, 2009
Ken, Grahame and Pete have admirably covered the pick of the past twelve months. I fully endorse most of their chosen performances. The particular highlights at Liverpool Marina were Big Pete and The Backbones, Hamilton Loomis and Geoff Achison and The UK Souldiggers. At the Burtonwood Blues Club, The Dani Wilde Band was a very impressive young ensemble and The Cadillac Kings were positively on fire. The Hoax at the Band On The Wall in Manchester brought back wonderful memories but I have to agree that the Mud Morganfield gig in Bangor-on-Dee was as good as anything that I was privileged to witness during the year.
The Worthenbury Blues Festival was yet again a very enjoyable occasion, with Rory Ellis and Naomi Mather the surprise packages. The Warrington Blues Festival presented a pleasant mix of acoustic and electric blues with Peter Price leading the charge on the former stage. Further North, and for the third successive year, the Carlisle Blues Festival provided another magnificent line-up, with Earl Thomas, The Stumble, Connie Lush and The Nimmo Brothers all in sparkling form. There were also unexpected delights in the shape of Giles King’s Hokie Joint, Tom Principato and Marcus Bonfanti, whose booming vocals and humorous banter stole the show.
On the recording front, among a number of excellent offerings, my favourite albums were Tommy Castro’s Hard Believer, Rick Estrin and The Nightcats’ Twisted, Toby Walker’s Lost & Found, Ian Siegal’s Broadside and Joe Bonamassa‘s The Ballad of John Henry. I also thoroughly enjoyed Bonamassa’s DVD, Live At The Albert Hall.
All in all, it was another cracking year of blues music and our thanks are due to all the dedicated musicians and promoters who allow us to enjoy their presentations. Sincere thanks also to Ken and Grahame for their continuous and highly professional updating of this fabulous website.