Gig: Shar Baby, Steve Payne and Guests – Appleton Thorn Vill. Hall – 15 May 2010

Posted on: Thursday, Apr 8, 2010

BLUES NIGHT – SAT 15th MAY – 8:30pm


This promises to be quite a night!!

Shar Baby hails from Birmingham, Alabama and although she’s been playing for over 40 years, only recently began to record. This brought her to the attention of a wider audience, including Steve Payne who has brought her over here for her first UK tour. Her style has been described as country blues via Chicago and can be seen and heard at www.digitdocrecords/acatalog/About_Shar-Baby.html

Steve Payne is an outstanding blues guitarist with a distinctive style and an international reputation. As well as work in this country, he has recently toured Germany, Switzerland and Canada to great acclaim. Steve’s a very entertaining  performer who makes a welcome return to the village hall.

Special guests so far include Johnny Hewitt on harp and Russ Williams on double bass (both from Smokehouse Blues), Chris Jackson (harp and guitar, The Crawl) and Peter Price (guitar). Invitations have been extended to others and expect to see more names added soon!

Admission is by ticket (£10/£12 door). Again these are available from the village hall bar or Roger Kenyon on 07946 378599.

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Pete Evans

April 8th, 2010 at 07:16
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For those of you south of the Mason/Dixon Line or who can’t get to the gig at Appleton Thorn, there is the opportunity to see Shar Baby, Steve Payne and Johny Hewitt along with The Black Oil Brothers, an acoustic trio from Chicago, the night before in Worthenbury.
Both gigs will sell out and I know that some Worthenbury regulars who can’t come on the friday will probably aim to be at Appleton Thorn. Either way, these gigs really promise to be memorable. Shar Baby has made only one appearance in the UK at Castor near Peterborough last autumn. This is the venue promoted by the amazing Gerard Homan (in his time he has brought over all the legends – Rev Gary Davis, Fred McDowell, Arthur Crudup, Terry and McGhee – the list is endless) and he told me that Shar Baby was absolutely wonderful.


CK What

April 9th, 2010 at 21:16
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Both nights sound fantastic & a darn sight cheaper than what we’d pay down here in the south east!!
Yours enviously…