Category: News

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Connie Lush

Connie Lush

JOY IN MUSIC, JOY IN LIFE I managed a brief chat with the lovely Connie Lush just before the Christmas 2009 mayhem began. She’s a joy to speak to ebullient and full of life and enthusiasm. We touched on several topics, the Liverpool music scene, the latest album, why we make music at all, Liverpool...

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Johnny Dickinson

Johnny Dickinson

Long-term hospitalisation is a dread of most people but it can be particularly tough on professional musicians, who are self-employed, after all.  Northumberland-born slide-guitarist/singer/songwriter, Johnny Dickinson is currently the victim of a particularly pernicious condition which has seen him spend the last eight weeks (at time of writing) in an intensive care unit in a...

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Festival People: Richard Pite, serving up the Boisdale Blues Festival

Festival People: Richard Pite, serving up the Boisdale Blues Festival

The 14th of June will see the Blues Matters Blogger in some outstanding musical company at Boisdale of Canary Wharf for the opening night of the Boisdale Blues Festival.  As a warm up to the night, he spoke with Richard Pite, the man fine tuning the tasty musical menu. “I’m really looking forward to highlighting...

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Joint Statement from PapaMojo and The Scottish Blues Alliance

Joint Statement from PapaMojo and The Scottish Blues Alliance

At the start of 2012 Billy “the Blindman” Allardyce longtime drummer with PapaMojo, Blues Hall of Fame inductee, organiser of The Dundee Blues Bonanza, Chair of The Scottish Blues Alliance and Administrator of the largest Internet Blues Forum was being treated with antibiotics for a chest and inner ear infection and still playing gigs. During...

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Burnley International Rock and Blues Festival 2012

Burnley International Rock and Blues Festival 2012

Burnley International Rock and Blues Festival presented by Doc Redeye Events and Burnley Council in proud association with AMS-NEVE 4-6th May 2012 The Burnley Blues festival has been an icon of the international music scene for almost 24 years, bringing some of the world’s greatest artists into the town. Over the last few years the...

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PUTTING RIGHT AN INJUSTICE: Obtaining a gravestone for Richard “Hacksaw” Harney.

PUTTING RIGHT AN INJUSTICE: Obtaining a gravestone for Richard “Hacksaw” Harney.

I conducted an interview with Steve Salter who co-ordinates donations so he can obtain blues artists a grave marker, rather than they earthly remains are subject to relative obscurity. After the interview was submitted in mid July 2011 I put it to Steve that if he ever collected for a proposed marker for Mississippi guitarist...

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The BM Poll

The BM Poll

The Blues Matters Poll 2011 We have counted the votes in from the BM ‘team’ for the Poll many of you have asked us to do, and here ladies and gents are the results: UK Best Studio Album: 1. King King – Take My Hand 2. Ian Siegel – The Skinny 3. Todd Sharpville –...

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Behind the scenes at the New Crawdaddy Club

Behind the scenes at the New Crawdaddy Club

Named in honour of the famous Richmond venue that spawned so much of the 60’s blues boom, such as the Rolling Stones, the New Crawdaddy has run for around 13 years, every Thursday night. Its part of lively Essex Blues scene which has run through Doctor Feelgood and Wilko Johnson, Tim Aves and the Rockin’...

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Harvest Time Blues Festival 2-3-4 September 2011, Monaghan Ireland

Harvest Time Blues Festival 2-3-4 September 2011, Monaghan Ireland

Harvest Time Blues Festival 2-3-4 September 2011, Monaghan Ireland The story of the Blues and the history of its people unfolds in the line-up at this year’s festival. Download full press release in PDF format here: Press-Release-Harvest-Time-Blues Boo Boo Davis from Drew, Mississippi in the heart of the Delta, raised in the richest Cotton land,which attracted some...

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Storm Warning Talk about the new album Strategy

Storm Warning Talk about the new album Strategy

Just released is the long  awaited 3rd album ‘Strategy’ from Buckinghamshire based band Storm Warning, this has been a long time coming after the band’s difficult time following the departure of their popular vocalist / harmonica player Stuart ‘Son’ Maxwell. The band features Derek White on bass and Ian Salisbury on keyboards, both stalwarts of the...