Auld Mans Baccie are smokin on their live double album

Auld Mans Baccie are smokin’ on their live double album

First of all, I must declare a bit of a bias due to serendipity or simple coincidence. This band is from the North East of England, Seaham to be precise. I am from a small mining village in the North East; my wife is from Seaham and we used to do our courting (as it was known then) in the Dun Cow at Seaton Village near Seaham. This is the venue Auld Man’s Baccie call home and in my time, was the only place where mine host had a large book of cocktail recipes you could choose from and he’d make it there and then! Coincidence number two is that Auld (pronounced Owld) Mans Baccie was a favourite plant for us as kids. Not for smoking, as the leaves in times of hardship were, but as a source of pea shooters (don’t try this at home; we were lucky that it was the innocuous Achillea millefolium plant as it looks very similar to the deadly Hemlock Water Dropwort, Oenanthe crocata, which would have probably killed us!)  So, I already feel a close affiliation with this Blues/Americana/Roots/Gospel duo. Davey (the Reverend Curtis Humbucker) Curtis on vocals, guitar and stomp box, along with Nick (the Baptist) Phillips on slide guitar and vocals have previously released two albums of a mix of self-penned blues with a few carefully chosen covers. They now unleash a double live album; one, Nee Jiggery Pokery, consists of their own songs; the other, 100% Homage, is all covers and is free when purchasing the first. Recorded at the Times Inn, which if memory serves, is in Dalton-Le-Dale just outside Seaham and inevitably, the recording has all of the atmosphere of a close-up and personal pub gig. The added benefit is that the two boys share some social commentary and discuss their much-beloved wives (“Our Lass” means darling wife or love of my life if referring to a girlfriend). In fact, nearly all of their songs are laced with humour and oblique references to various things if you get my drift.

To the music… There are too many tracks to comment on each one, so only my personal highlights appear. Their own compositions sound like they are if this is possible, fresh out of the 1930s; with just the two guitars and voices, they could be performing on a porch with Son House, Lead Belly and the like looking on. The first, Old Black Dog, is about the love of a dog and his own potential love affair with Fi-fi the poodle. Humour coupled with a true deep blues feel make for a perfect opening. A slow march suiting the title of Dead Mans Shoes has glorious slide underlining the melody. Church of Lost Souls is a great lament with more slippery slide. It works very well as it is but this is a song that is ripe for an electric blues/rock treatment. Mr Bonamassa take note; it really would work.

The highlight of the covers album has to be the genius of Alex Harvey’s Framed. It takes on a true blues feel and works well acoustically in the capable hands of Curtis and Phillips while retaining the humour and observations of the original. Likewise, the Peter Green version of Doctor Brown and Canned Heat’s Let’s Work Together get the Baccie treatment and are a joy. They all work in their own way even though Bullfrog Blues is forever Gallagher in my mind and Whole Lotta Rosie takes AC/DC back to their roots although it is the least successful to me.

So as a live package, this works a treat. It is spoilt only by the between track editing. This nearly ruins the flow and deprives us of some of the banter. Still, if you want to lose yourself in the atmosphere an intimate pub gig with a couple of consummate musicians, then this is for you.

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Nee Jiggery Pokery tracklisting:

  1. Old Black Dog*
  2. Fanny Mae*
  3. Dead Mans Shoes*
  4. Mamma Moonshine**
  5. Church of Lost Souls*
  6. Long Hard Road**
  7. Grant Me Salvation**
  8. Baccie Blues**
  9. Shaky Juice*
  10. Closing Time

** From their 2015 debut album, Resonating With The Blues

* From their second album The Church of Lost Souls


100% Homage tracklisting:

  1. Bullfrog Blues (written in 1928 by William Harris, covered by Rory Gallagher)
  2. Doctor Brown (written in 1959 by Buster Brown, covered by Fleetwood Mac
  3. Cigarettes and Whisky and Wild, Wild Women (written in 1947 by Tim Spencer, covered by Jim Croce)
  4. Roll Me Up And Smoke When I Die (credited to Willie Nelson, but disputed by Ashley Wilson)
  5. Ain’t Nobody’s Business (written in 1922 by Porter Grainger and Everett Robbins, covered by Taj Mahal)
  6. Whole Lotta Rosie (yes, that one!)
  7. Let’s Work Together (written in 1962 by Wilbert Harrison, covered by Canned Heat)
  8. In The Jailhouse Now (written in 1928 by Jimmie Rodgers, covered by Sonny James (and the Soggy Bottom Boys))
  9. Framed (written in 1972 by the Sensational Alex Harvey Band)
  10. Folsom Prison Blues (written in 1953 by Johnny Cash)

Auld Mans Baccie are smokin’ on their live double album

Resonating With The Blues says Auld Man’s Baccie

Resonating With The Blues says Auld Man’s Baccie

Resonating With The Blues

says Auld Man’s Baccie



This is blues that resonate, who can rest a track with a yodel plus the whistles and bells added by Davey Curtis along with Slide guitar from Nick Phillips who are Auld Man’s Baccie. This is a duo steeped in blues that have the tasty flavor of Grandad’s baccie in a bent and dented old tin that has endured and tasted all of life’s twists and turns. Traditional blues with a bounce of rough and tumble that is reflected in the lyrics. There are hints of country and rag-time. The first seven tracks are self-penned flowing around the lyrics and the slippery greasy slide of the guitar. The tales are drenched in alcohol, salvation and travel – the heartstone of the blues.

The duo have been playing together for little over a year, and the debut album Resonating With The Blues encapsulates the closeness and mutual respect and understanding as they play to enhance the blues.

Opening with Moonshine Mama the tone is sent via a guitar that is sweet and drives the acoustic message along. Davey’s vocals are the perfect fit for this style of country blues. The addition of Rhiannon’s contrasting vocal tone works just fine! This is an acoustic album that also has the twist of humour so that this is not a miserable sitting on a porch dirge. The tracks have layers of interest lifting resonating the Blues above the mundane. Thanks in part to the added interest of instrumentation thanks to Nicks multi-instrumental talent and the harp from Jim Bullock.

As the album progresses the self-penned numbers have a modern feel rooted in tradition. Long Hard Road with a tinkling of blues and guitar that grinds out a slippery difficult path reflecting the title. My favourite of the self-penned start to the album is 51st, the lyrics are sound the guitar slips and slides and Rhiannon adds to the sad tale. The five covers are given the Auld Man Baccie treatment with some classic numbers bring the Resonating With The Blues to a stylish close.

Resonating With The Blues says Auld Man’s Baccie is an album that will be loved and treasured by everyone who loves acoustic, resonators, blues, lyrics that tell a story plus the yodelling In The Jailhouse!

Joining Nick Phillips (Slide Guitar) & Davey Curtis ( Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin Bells & Whistles)on the album
Jim Bullock Harmonica
Rhiannion Phillips – Backing Vocals

Bluesdoodles gives this CD SEVEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Resonating With The BluesAuld Man’s Baccie HERE

Track Listing
1. Mama Moonshine (Auld Man’s Baccie)
2. Alcohol Blues (Auld Man’s Baccie)
3. Grant Me Salvation (Auld Man’s Baccie)
4. Long Hard Road (Auld Man’s Baccie)
5. 51st Time (Auld Man’s Baccie)
6. Baccie Blues (Auld Man’s Baccie)
7. Gather Up Your Oats (Auld Man’s Baccie)
8. Can’t Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters)
9. Champagne and Reefer (Muddy Waters)
10. In The Jailhouse (Jimmie Rodgers)
11. Sell My Monkey (Tampa Red)
12. Ain’t Nobodies Business (Taj Mahal)