Sky Won’t Fall Time Has Come for Nimmo and Poole

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Sky Won’t Fall
Time Has Come for
Nimmo and Poole

 

Nearly the last gig of the tour Bluesdoodles caught up at last with Ben Poole Band & Stevie Nimmo on their double headlining tour at The Flowerpot in Derby.  They better be on their A star game as the other Nimmo Alan and King King with special guest Dan Patlansky in Salisbury threw down the gauntlet last night , hard, fast and loud with a rocking blues attitude that ignited the venue.  There was no doubt by the end of the gig this double headliner was volcanic but more of that as we relish the evening’s guitar offerings. The coin has been tossed the running order Ben Poole followed by Stevie Nimmo. Let the dual begin.

 

The rhythm section, bassist Matt Beable and Craig  Bacon are in for a long hot night as they are providing the tone, and chewy textures for both guitarists tonight. Ben Poole joined them and Stevie Watts on keys on a hot stage greeted by resounding cheers to a packed Flowerpot. His latest album Time Has Come, has given Ben a spring to his step and fire in his guitar. Not surprising with the myriad of positive reviews. Now to hear the music live outside of the studio. Ben was firing on all six strings opening with a firm Poole favourite Lets Go Up Stairs. The blues temperature was hot as forged steel and The Flowerpot was united in the love of live music and the sound of a guitarist who owns the Blues in UK today. The groove aid down by Matt and Craig was augmented by the keys of Stevie Watts. The sound was rocking and the emotive connection and love Ben shares with Gary Moore shines through every time he plays Holding On To Love. The music united the crowded venue we were immersed in the glories of live music, it is irresistible. The band was connected to us and each other, interacting with pure energy and joy of playing the music that we want to hear. All too soon the set was over time to draw a breath and recollect and then get ready for the Stevie Nimmo storm blowing into the Flowerpot next.

 

Sky Won’t Fall Time Has Come for Nimmo and PooleThe cheers lifted the ceiling as the mighty Stevie Nimmo took the stage for the penultimate night of a long tour and road trip on his bike check out his blog for the highs, lows and the laughs he has had travelling from venue to venue. Tonight it is The Flowerpot’s turn, we love having him back in Derby.  With a new album that has been receiving the highest accolade and is definitely in the running for album of 2016 over at Bluesdoodles Tower! The Sky Won’t Fall when it is supported with the mighty Rocking Bluesy guitar from Stevie. What a performance the guitar work was fast, slow perfectly timed with vocals that add another instrument into the mix. This is not a power trio but a trio full of musical power. The set was mainly from the latest album which delighted many who already have had the album on continuous play and as with Ben’s the music has that added tension and nuances when played live. It is the heat, sweat and atmosphere being rolled into the mix, which can never be achieved in a studio. We have Roll The Dice the track on the album that couples into Stevie’s back catalogue so very neatly.

Ben Poole WM-1340Sky Won’t Fall Time Has Come for Nimmo and PooleMatt and Craig are back hotter than ever enjoying playing to the Big Scots tune.  The lyrics are strong the guitar full of scorching power as money becomes the center of attention with a passionate telling of life with No Money on Still Hungry. The live version of the Allman Brothers number Gamblers Roll was my favourite (if we ignore the encore more of that later) moment of the evening despite being a cover. What a song on the album it holds your attention, live it stops you breathing so that you can absorb every note played. This song alone proves the power of live music, the emotion cannot be replicated in any other medium. The emotive moment was when Stevie gave tribute to Big George, his fellow country man who influenced many, he was a wordsmith extraordinaire as The Storm shows. Another fabulous number the music tonight was stellar, the performances of everyone on the stage was top-notch.

Having heard King King and Alan his younger brother the night before I have had the perfect two days of live music the pair of Nimmos on different stages but bringing Scottish Blues magic to excite and please.

Then there was the encore Freddy King’s Going Down. The Flowerpot was not going down, dowSky Won’t Fall Time Has Come for Nimmo and Poolen, down we were on the up as not one, not two, no we had three guitarists on stage joining Ben & Stevie was Aynsley Lister we were in for an encore that will be remembered for many a year by all the lucky people in the Flowerpot tonight. Thank you Lisa & Alan, the powerhouse behind RAW Promo for continuing to put on gigs that delight and fill our memories with glorious music. Keep supporting venues Why? Keep Music Live it is simply the best.

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Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March

Pick of the Albums Reviewed – 2016: January – March

Bluesdoodles listens to music recorded and live from across the genres. Bluesdoodles reviews all albums received with an open-mind and will always look for the elements that make the music stand out from the crowd!. The albums we award 10 doodle paws too, for us have a special connection, and acknowledge like all reviewers our scoring is subjective. Between 1st January and 31st March 2016 Bluesdoodles reviewed 49 albums that reflect the depth and breadth of music being recorded in studios around the world. Remember albums not included on the lists are still excellent; definitely worth listening to and purchasing especially go see music live at venues near you support music and the artists who travel the roads so we can hear music full of passion and the special ingredient of a live performance..

This is the first list of 2016 and all of these will be in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2016..

Jeff Healey – Heal My Soul
Kyla Brox – Throw Away Your Blues
Joe Bonamassa – Blues of Desperation

Monster Truck – Sittin Heavy
Red Dirt Skinners – Behind The Wheel
Mumbo Jumbo – Sonic Gumbo

Ben Poole – Time Has Come
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – Wayward Sons
Michael Messer’s Mitra – Call of the Blues

Stevie Nimmo – Sky Won’t Fall
Big Boy Bloater & The LiMiTs – Luxury Hobo
The Temperance Movement – White Bear
Danny Bryant – Blood Money

BEN POOLE & STEVIE NIMMO UK TOUR 2016

BEN POOLE & STEVIE NIMMO

To celebrate the release of both Ben Poole’s Album Time Has Come &

Stevie Nimmo’s The Sky Won’t Fall

Stevie Nimmo embarking on a co-headline tour with The Ben Poole Band throughout March, April and May

UK TOUR 2016

THURSDAY 17th MARCH: SHOREHAM – ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01273 464440
FRIDAY 18th MARCH: BARTON ON HUMBER – ROPERY HALL
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01652 660380
SATURDAY 19th MARCH: MICKLETON – R-n-B CLUB
Tickets: £12 / Box Office:01833 640854
SUNDAY 20th MARCH: KINROSS SCOTLAND – THE GREEN HOTEL
Tickets: £12 / Box Office:01577 863467

MONDAY 21st MARCH: OXFORD – THE HAVEN CLUB
Tickets £10/12 / Box Office: HERE
FRIDAY 29th APRIL: SUTTON – BOOM BOOM CLUB
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0208 761 9078
SATURDAY 30th APRIL: SELBY – ARTS CENTRE
Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01757 708 449
WEDNESDAY 4th MAY: NEWCASTLE – THE CLUNY
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0191 230 4474
THURSDAY 5th MAY: STIRLING – THE TOLLBOOTH
Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01786 274400
FRIDAY 6th MAY: GLASGOW – ORAN MOR
Tickets; £12 / Box Office: 0141 357 6200
SATURDAY 7th MAY: ABERDEEN – CAFE DRUMMOND
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01244 619930
WEDNESDAY 11th MAY: CHELTENHAM – VONNIES
Tickets £12 / Box Office: 01452 862332
THURSDAY 12th MAY: CHISLEHURST – BEAVERWOOD CLUB
Tickets:  £12 / Box Office: 0208 761 9078
FRIDAY 13th MAY: SOUTHAMPTON – THE TALKING HEADS
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 02380 678 446
SATURDAY 14th MAY: HARTLEPOOL SUPPORTERS CLUB
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 075359 79658
THURSDAY 19th MAY: FARNHAM – THE MALTINGS
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01252 793 430
FRIDAY 20th MAY: NEWBURY – ARLINGTON ARTS CENTRE
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01635 244246
SATURDAY 21st MAY: DERBY – THE FLOWERPOT
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 01332 204955
SUNDAY 22nd MAY: SHEFFIELD – GREYSTONES
Tickets: £12 / Box Office: 0114 266 5599

Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole

 

 

READ Why Bluesdoodles gave this a TENHERE

 

 

 

The Sky Won’t Fall proclaims Stevie Nimmo

 

 

READ Why Bluesdoodles gave this a TENHERE

Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole

Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole

Time Has Definitely Come for Ben Poole

 

 

Ben Poole is a guitarist who has been on the radar of many within the U.K./European Blues circuit for a while with his fan base loyal and growing. His latest album out on Manhaton Records on 1st April is no April’s Fools, it is the piece of the jigsaw that will raise Ben’s authority as a great guitarist. Yes – Time Has Come for Ben Poole.

The guitar is thrilling, from the beginning and like any opening track Lying To Me hooks you into the blues ambiance that will get you excited and want to hear more of what this exciting guitarist has to offer over the next ten tracks. Does it disappoint… No it does not opening with feisty power the tone builds the layers thicken and the turmoil of love seeps through the DNA of Time Has Come.

As Ben says “This album has a really nice overview of my style”. Ben’s style may be drenched in the blues but not drowning in the genre. Into the mix across the album is rock, soul and then the spicy twist of funk and soul. Time Has Come has a universal appeal with its depth of flavor and musical reach.  The addition of three wonderful guitarist that understand contemporary blues Aynsley Lister, Todd Sharpville and Henrik Freischlader,  and then the organ chords  courtesy of Dutchman Bob Fridzema adding a raw edge plus those instantly recognisable backing vocals of Stevie Nimmo this is a ten track phenomenon.  This addition of four blues giants adds to the depth of tone and shape making this studio album stand out and yet still retaining the integrity of Ben’s live performance. The rhythm section throughout is the perfect stable and deep platform of sound whichever combination. On the majority of tracks Wayne Proctor and bassist Steve Amadeo or on two songs from Ben’s band bassist Matt Beable and Craig  Bacon’s drumming.

Three tracks in and there is a change of direction a laid back, gentler number Longing For A Woman with the  inspired combination of acoustic delicacy and electric fire. This is a track where once again guitars are given their freedom to soar. Blues that is free like the clearest of clear blue sky, the horizon is pure and open and the heart of blues guitar can fly.

Ben’s vocals throughout grind out sometimes gently other times full of hope and hurt the emotional turmoil of love. They bring expressive intelligence to the lyrics as Ben shares his experiences of love from deep within his heart and soul. BUT it is the emotion in the six-strings that really shape, bend and tear at your heart-strings creating a deep electric blues vibe.

Half way through and the antonym to the title Time Might Never Come appears and forms part of his live act and always pleases. This rendition has a new expressive feel the drums pound out the undercurrents and Time Might Never Come is explored. The vocals and long chords from the organ are filled with anguish of loneliness as Ben sings “tomorrow will be to late… Time Might Never Come”. The guitar lead break is bitter sweet and churns around your emotional mood; once again on this album it is Ben’s personal connection with the listener that adds a deeply personal touch.  No wonder Ben has been dubbed as f*cking amazing by Jeff Beck with the spell-binding lead breaks throughout the album.

There are lighter moments on the album Stay At Mine and Just When You Thought it was Safe with an up-tempo beat that makes the feet tap and the guitar tone lightens and shapes the musical journey.  Closing with Question Why the blues is full on and sweet. There certainly is no Question Why, the Time Has Come for Ben Poole.

The time has definitely arrived for Ben Poole. His guitar playing and lyrics have gained a self-determination thanks to Andy Banfield’s skilled engineering and the production vision of Wayne Proctor (King King’s Drummer) and into the mixing Steve Wright. They have combined to unfetter Ben’s inhibitions and capture the essence of this young man’s power as a blues guitarist extraordinaire.  Superfly have captured, distilled and shaped the substance that is Ben live in a studio setting.  Superfly Studios, have unleashed a blues guitarist of monstrous proportions whose time has truly come.

 

Currently On tour with Stevie Nimmo – dates below.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….
Ben Poole Time Has Come Manhaton Records Release Date 1st April

Track Listing

  1. Lying To Me
  2. I Think I Love You Too Much
  3. Longing For A Woman
  4. If You Want To Play With My Heart
  5. Time Might Never Come
  6. Stay At Mine
  7. You’ve Changed
  8. Just When You Thought It Was Safe
  9. Whoever Invented Love
  10. The Question Why

Stevie Nimmo Ben Poole

King King Live 2015

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King King Live 2015

Artrix, Bromsgrove
12th November 2015

 

King King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0235lKing King the main event delivered a massive attack of rocking blues they blew the socks off everyone sat in the auditorium of The Artrix, who cheered, joined in and even danced despite the seats proving that the music could not be ignored. First, though let’s wind the clock back to the beginning.
The Artrix is a modern box on the outside, inside is a warm welcome from helpful staff a hot coffee from the bar welcomed on a wet and blowy evening – Storm Abigail may have been swirling outside, inside was light and bright. The welcoming atmosphere was warmed with the sounds of SongStars, the show choir of the venue with three generations spanning 5-whatever age you want to be performing in a choir with a selection of cheerful songs that set the mood for the doors opening and an evening of electric guitars, and vocals.

Ben Poole - Artrix - Nov 2015_0123lBen Poole and his band took to the stage opening with a real favourite Lets Go Up Stairs, hitting the ground running with bluesy lead breaks that seared through the sell-out auditorium, literally packed to the rafters. It is the rhythm section that lays down the grove thanks to the combination Craig Bacon’s drumming and bassist Matt Beable that allows Ben to explore the power of the six-strings in the lead breaks that grow in complexity. The clean and pure theatre sound suits his style of playing and the wooden façade on each tier of The Artrix warmed the sound. There was nothing clinical about his playing tonight, there was passion and fire as he interacted with audience and band. Ben Poole’s tribute to Gary Moore was the stand out moment the guitar work was exuding the essence of Gary Moore as the first chords of Holding On to Love hit home, full of emotion that made the guitar weep. Ben is growing in stature, he is a blues guitarist who writes songs with meaning that weave in influences so we have funk, country twang and sometimes a glimmer of solid rock making him stand out in the crowd.

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King King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0264lAfter a short break where the women laughed – for once the long queue was for the gents and not the ladies, the music was back on the stage with King King landing on the stage with a smile and a hefty wallop of the sound that is King King. It is distinctive mind curling delight of blues running through a tasty stick of aurally delightful rock! They may have played Lose Control, but that is something this band never does Alan Nimmo the ‘quiet unassuming’ kilted vocalist/guitarist up front has the audience warming to him with his pithy observations, ready smile and a guitar that sings in perfect harmony to his lyrical vocals that caress the words filling themKing King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0039l with emotion. Another night on tour, and a sell-out once again, even though they have not played Bromsgrove before their reputation is growing hardly surprising with three fabulous albums especially Reaching For the Light, Bluesdoodles said ..album of platinum proportions.. Tonight we heard tracks that prove a studio album sounds even better when the music is live and you can see, feel and hear up close and personal. King King the quartetKing King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0018l that has a cascade of sounds with layers of tonal textures thanks to Wayne Proctor’s drumming and clever use of cymbals and shading of sound from his drum kit whilst adding the rhythm is Lindsay Coulson on bass this is the back line that adds the dark colours to many a song. Then to the left of Alan is the mighty Hammond organ and piano played with panache by Bob Fridezma and adding a richness to the torrent that is the music of King King. Every song has the finishing tKing King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0087louch with the sparkling vocals of Alan, he can whip up a frenzy, make you cry, laugh and definitely makes you want to get up and dance it is the infection that is King King live.

You Stopped The Rain is a moving song dedicated to his brother Stevie a cancer survivor and to everyone touched by the awful disease this is no maudlin track full of self-doubt and reflection it is about power that drives a person too overcome full of hope and energy. Frankie Miller’s Jealousy, was given the Nimmo treatment and his voice rose above the musicians, through the auditorium music that is totally absorbing. We heard so many wonderful King King songs on the night including You Drive me Crazy, a single off their latest album King King - Artrix - Nov 2015_0210lReaching For the Light, that has had lots of airplay on Planet Rock, and Hurricane a suitable night when especially Scotland is going to be hit by Storm Abigail. Then there was for me the highlight of the evening; A Stranger To Love; this was a display of the interplay between the band, Alan’s vocals and the guitar work as he stood out front, turned the volume down and down until it was just the sound of the strings heard across the hall as The Artrix’s acoustics took up the sound and bounced and weaved them around the walls. The audience spellbound in appreciation were collectively quiet as a church mouse. Then the volume rose and a crescendo flowed… wow music that is stunning.
Tonight Bromsgrove rocked to the R&B that defines King King; they came, played and conquered. Yes there was an encore with lots of joyous audience participation, Let Your Love Shine; the love for King King definitely was felt tonight.

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Bluesdoodles in The Press – May 2015

Blues Matters

Matt Schofield with Support from Ben Poole @ The Globe

Matt S BM MAy 2015

Marcus Bonfanti @ The Prince Of Wales

Skegness 2015 & Chris Rea

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Bobby Spencer, Hurricane Unleashed –

Vidal BM May 2015

Mighty Mo Rodgers ~  Mud ‘N’ Blood – Dixiefrog Records 

Might Mo BM MAy 2015

 

Blues In Britain

Back Cover Photograph
BiB Back Cover May 2015

Andy Fairweather Low & the Low Riders @ Beaufort Theatre

AFL BIB May 2015

Blues On The Farm 2015

Overview:

A weekend that was crammed with delights for your taste buds anStation House - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0002ld musical ear and the weather was kind. Whether you like a hot cup of tea, a summer fruity jug of Pimms or real ale and cider the liquid refreshment was available on tap and consumed with relish by the number of empty barrels by late Sunday evening. The food was varied from falafel and all things veggie, curries chips and hog roast all served with a smile and provided a tasty appetizer between the music shows; then there were the hot sweet freshly cooked doughnuts to be dipped in sugar or cinnamon not licking your lips between the bites was impossible! Face painting and henna art were enjoyed by adults and children alike! Then at this friendly festival there was the music with so many highlights and acts that hit the spot it seems a tad unfair to select a few but they were the sparklers and cherries that stood out of the cocktail of delights that Julian and his team had artfully blended to form Blues On The Farm 2015. Friday was full of shows that just prove the diversity and depth of British Blues for me it had to be The Jar Family they add that dimension that make festivals fizz and sparkle closely followed by Layla Zoe, The Hoax and the final special moment the firework lighting up the sky Mud Morganfield and his authentic blues. The sparkle in Saturdays cocktail definitely shaken rather than stirred was Kaz Hawkins and her Band O’ Men and Sunday’s it had to be that act with a difference with fire in its cocktail mix Rodney Brannigan & John Pointer where beat box meets acoustic with a novelty trick or two thrown in. We are now counting down to the 25th Blues on The Farm 2016.

 

From Thursday evening through to Sunday night, the weather stayed fine, the sun shone, people had fun, food was enjoyed and the beer and Pimms flowed what more do you need to make everything perfect quality live music and that we all had with the twenty live acts and a drum workshop it was a full festival banquet.
Opening the event were two fine bands that got the crowds in the mood and the campers full of party spirit, with the surprise of an impromptu guest singer when Jo Harman joined Kokomo on stage. Friday afternoon the crowds swelled as the award of a Friday afternoon away from the office were rewarded by a talented young band Stark who a put the electric into rocky blues with a different way of playing the resonator and arrangements of classics including some Blind Willie Jefferson. They were fun and entertaining a young band with lots to offer. As ever this is the festival that rings the changes no band is ever the same as the rest on the set, with a quick sound check and the ever superb sound and lighting men had the stage ready for a five piece Owen and the Mockingbirds they knew how to entertain with their country blues with self-penned numbers that, despite at times lacking that magic that makes them different, the appreciative crowd enjoyed this knowing that the choice of beers and cider to be tasted throughout the weekend and then the lure of yummy doughnut rings would provide entertaining accompaniment.

The Jar Family  - Friday BotF - June 2015_0067lReturning again this year following a successful debut at the festival in 2015 The Jar Family built up the tempo and added their unique, eclectic mix of folk, roots and a touch of Hartlepool Americana shaped into their music, which they call Industrial Folk. They certainly didn’t disappoint they were very good last year but the excelled in 2015, a team of six men make the jar full of music that fills the marquee, across the field and into the campsite beckoning everyone to get up dance, smile and enjoy this band that adds a spark to any festival. They delivered a spellbinding set as they all took turns to lead sharing vocal duties with their fine tuneful voices and songs that reflect the experiences of life of folk today, they took the roof off the marquee and no wonder an encore was screamed for and they happily obliged, as they left the stage the whole festival wished Lee a happy wedding day on the Saturday. How was Julian going to follow that act, easy for a man who has planned festivals for twenty-four years he follows up with three headline acts in a row, Layla Zoe; The Hoax and Mud Morganfield who just kept raising the excitement of the festival.
Layla Zoe  - Friday BotF - June 2015_0068lLayla Zoe knows how to pull the crowd in close she has a voice that is full of emotion mirroring the drama she brings to the stage with her flowing hair and raunchy approach to her interaction with her guitarist and all the good things musically, the rhythm section is solid and the guitars solos were pure delight; she showcased her latest album Live At Spirit 66 and The Lily was a special moment in the set but the real tingling on the back of the neck was her a Capella encore of The Beatles Let It Be; follow that The Hoax. They certainly did returning once again to the farm having first performed at Pump Farm twenty-two years ago we were all so much The Hoax  - Friday BotF - June 2015_0041lyounger then. The group is as popular today when they play a few special gigs when they can all get together. Jesse’s guitar work is sublime with Jon to match at the other side of the stage and Hugh as the frontman still draws our attention. They are still a British Blues super group the tent was crammed and the fans up front were transfixed as they sang along to every lyric they played our favourites and raised the roof with FeedingMud Morganfield  - Friday BotF - June 2015_0067l Time, Gimme A Drink and Shine On were mesmerising as the music cascaded up and down your spine they have the Hoax effect on audiences every time they step onto the stage. The sky was darkening as midsummer sun set on closing this night of festival delight was Mud Morganfield, with his authentic Chicago Blues sound, close your eyes and it is his father the great Muddy Waters on the stage. Leaving you wanting more and already wanting more music tomorrow beckons with another line-up of delights.

Ricky Cool and the In Crowd - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0046lBeer tent visited another ale sampled and Idlewood a young band with loads of potential got the blues tempo underway. There self-penned numbers showed the power of harmonising and had a British pop blues feel that certainly had a pleasing tone. The tempo was raised with a Memphis/Detroit take on the blues when Ricky Cool and the In Crowd stepped up onto the stage. They delivered an accomplished set of rock n’ roll with the twin sax and the hint of swing this was Saturday afternoon dance and party time as we heard some Booker T and so much more. Following the opening acts the vibe was good as the quartet of acts to follow beckoned, the first of this lucky four-leaf clover of blues was the effervescent Sam Kelly’s Station House. Station House - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0015lThey are always a welcome sight on the stage and a pleasing cocktail of free-form eclectic music that stirs you from the sole of your feet to the top of the head. The whole set was perfect for a Saturday afternoon with a twist of funk; a dollop of bleggae and the delight of listening to a quintet of musicians who just love to play the music that sets them on fire. Spy on bass is the smartest player and Sam on drums kicks the band into action their version of Pink Floyd’s Breathe captivated and I Shot The sheriff was fun come back soon you are welcome every time to this friendly festival. Now we have Ben Poole - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0148lsome heavy blues guitar delivered with attitude Ben Poole strode on to stage and let his guitar do the talking, raising the volume and clear any cobwebs we had. Hey Joe is definitely his festival piece with the intriguing intro, you recognise then as you pinpoint the tune he launches into a full assault making this Hendrix number his own.

Kaz Hawkins - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0102lWho could follow that high voltage performance well a lady from Belfast could and did the one and only Kaz Hawkins & Her Band O Men. This is a high energy live act that focusses around the power and delivery of Kaz’s vocals with the added swish of petticoats, stomp of her bright red boots; on top of all that she can play guitar. None of this would be possible without the skill of her band O Men who play to her tune with skill and make sure they are keeping up with her random approach to her show. She has stage presence nay stage domination she is a flash of polka dot whose voice sings the blues with a gruffness, gospel with clarity and her rendition of Nina Simone’s Feelin’ Good the second of the festival was for me the best I have ever heard. The croJive Aces - Saturday BotF - June 2015_0052lThe crowd at times were rowdy but she dealt with them there is a no-nonsense approach to Kaz when singing her music and dealing with fools in the crowd, if you missed her this weekend check out the act and get to see her soon; closing with Etta James’ I Just Want To Make Love To You we were in heaven and wanted more. There was more music, this was time to refresh yourselves, put on your dancing shoes as the stage was set for The Jive Aces; a band coordinated in eye-catching yellow they swung into action with some jive and rock n’ roll numbers that were the perfect finale to party Saturday night away.

Malaya Blue - Sunday BotF - June 2015_0028lWith a few hours’ sleep it was all too soon the final day many friends met and new friends made it was time for the music opening with Malaya Blue who coincided opening the last day of the festival with the launch of her single Hope from her forthcoming album. Following up from Bourbon Street, Malaya’s approach to the blues is very different form the energy charged approach of the two power divas Layla and Kaz. Malaya’s approach is gentler more constrained and it is fantastic to have three women heading talented bands one each day for the festival; this set-up is fairly new and building their presence on the circuit which will surely grow as we get to know Malaya’s brand of blues with soul. The next band, The Cajun Roosters, drew the audience away from the sun and into the stage area to hear Louisiana Cajun based music, with fiddle and squeeze box Cajun Rooster - Sunday BotF - June 2015_0056lthis was sunny afternoon music you have to dance and smile as the beat with its infectious quality as much of the set was sung in French patois. Now newt was something completely different, a duo of Rodney Brannigan and John Pointer. Rodney has entertained this festival before and today accompanied by a fellow Texan he added more to the always entertaining event. There was everything in the set some great acoustic guitar with the addition of percussive fingerstyle guitar pioneered by Michael Hedges, which captivated everyone listening this afternoon. The Stomp box was huge, the beat box was a stylish and the mix of instruments changed with a blink of an eyelid. This was a complex act Rodney Branigan and John Pointer - Sunday BotF - June 2015_0059lfor any sound desk with twenty-seven inputs but nothing phases BOTF who are never afraid to book acts that stretch your boundaries and delight every time . Closing the imaginative set with his trademark playing two guitars at the same time Rodney once again delivered what a festival needs some excitement this certainly pleased the crowds with its originality, energy and skills. Phew after that you need to draw breath and before you know it Champion Doug Veitch changed the groove again with a mix of Cajun swing with a brass section which added energy and that unique musical range. We saw some country dancing as the audience enthusiastically joined in with the musical delights, a real feel-good band playing music they love with the audience warming to the show with every song delivered. With just two bands left on the longest day that coincided with Father’s Day there were lots of happy people who were delighted to dance and join in the fun as Brilleaux from New Zealand delivered Dr Feelgood style music much of which Brilleaux - Sunday BotF - June 2015_0024lwere self-penned. In between they played some great early British R ‘n’ B from Yardbirds to Billy Fury. This was a crowd pleasing high energy set and the delight of the band and many of the audience was when John Potter key board player in bands with WilKo Johnson including Solid Sender, Wilko Johnson Band adding some authentic 1960’s vibe. This was a real festival moment that everyone present will remember for a long time leaving Brothers Groove to close this 24th Blues On The Farm Festival. This was the perfect set to bring a blues festival to a cheering, barnstorming close leaving everyone wanting more music and countdown to the twenty-fifth anniversary Blues on The Farm Festival; with Julian asking if we had any bands we want to hear next year, let him know and they will be considered!

Ben Poole support Della Grants Live @ The Flowerpot

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Ben Poole Band with support from Della Grants
Flowerpot, Derby
30th May 2015

 

 

Once again, RAWpromo have delivered an evening of quality live music that bought summer fun to The Flowerpot opening with a young band who once again impressed me with a mighty fine set, reaffirming the thoughts I had when I heard them back in January on the Introducing stage, Rock & Blues Weekend in Skegness. On a crowded stage the Della Grants, a four piece Della Grants - Flowerpot - May 2015_0081lband delivering their own brand of blues they have knitted together combining rocky beats, with swampy harp and a pair of vocalist who shape the vocals so that you are held in the sway of the song. Tonight we were treated to a selection of self-penned numbers that are on their debut album Time For Change; though they did also include a wonderful cover of a Keb Mo’s Am I Wrong, with Tom taking over on the vocals that suited his voice adding another tonal colour and range to an entertaining set. We heard a new slide guitar number Back Biter Blues that certainly had a bite that hooked you in as the glass slide made the strings have a singing tone and Max’s glorious vocal tones a mix of a young Marcus Bonfanti meeting Ian Siegal full of warmth and that snarl that makes blues work. The highlight though was Greed To Feed a number that had that special element that makes it stand out from the crowd and definitely single material. Look out for Della Grants, get your local venue to book them they will delight you with the music that flows whether fast, slow or with a rocky tempo as they mingle and merge Blues and Rock n’ Roll to great effect.

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Ben Poole - Flowerpot - May 2015_0078lAfter a short break and time to reflect on the quality of the opening act Ben Poole, closing his current tour of 55 gigs in 9 countries, stepped on the stage with his band and it was ready steady go for a guitar spectacular as they delivered song after song building the energy in The Flowerpot tonight. The set list was a stylish, accomplished mix of Ben Poole’s own numbers and re-arrangements of songs that fitted seamlessly into the flow of the music. Always a stand out number, Nobody No More that bends and blends Ben’s stellar guitar playing with emotional lyrics of pain with a guitar solo that guarantees, Ben will always be a guitar player that hits the right groove every time. No guitarist can deliver his fiery magic without a band that adds to the power and depth of tone his rhythm section delivered with Sam Wade on drums, though the cymbals did at times over power the stage at this small venue and Brad Davies on bass who certainly keep the deep note groove going. Ben Poole tonight nailed every song he played his many fans were enthralled and new ones delighted to be in the company of blues guitar played with poise and timing as the tempo ebbed and flowed. However good recorded music is, even if it is a live concert like Ben’s latest, Live At The Royal Albert Hall, they do not have the zinging fresh feel of watching a band live with all the quirks of playing in front of an audience. Tonight it was Sam Mason on keys who had to cope with the gremlins as one of his keyboards faded away during a lengthy absorbing reworking of the now blues classic number Have You Ever Loved a Woman with the Ben Poole stamp firmly placed on a rendition that many of the audience proclaimed the best they have ever heard.
Ben Poole - Flowerpot - May 2015_0087lFinishing the evening with a fitting jam of BB King Numbers we all thought about the power that is Riley and how he will live forever at live music venues across the world. Ben Poole is one of the many fine blues guitarists playing across U.K. and Europe that have energy, style, skills and that blues magic dust that makes his show a tingling good event.

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In Conversation with Julian Moores – Blues on The Farm

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Blues on The Farm
Thursday 19th June – Sunday 21st June 2015
The Friendly Festival

 

 

Liz at Bluesdoodles had a wonderful conversation with Julian Moores about this year’s Blues on The Farm festival delivering music from Thursday 17th June through to Sunday evening 21st June; a perfect way to celebrate mid-summer and the delight of live music in convivial company.

Bluesdoodles: What has 24th year of Blues on the Farm to offer this year to stand out from the crowded festival calendar?

Julian: Every single band from the opening act Kokomo from 7.30pm on Thursday 18th through to the last act of the weekend Brothers Groove on stage from 9pm Sunday 21st until the crowds let them go; every act has a musical story to create the jigsaw of styles that makes this the friendliest festival in Britain and keeps the festival fresh and full of energy that keeps people coming back every year..

Bluesdoodles: You mention every band is chosen with shaping the festival – tell everyone about how each day works across the weekend.

Julian: We try to give each day a feel that suits the audiences from experiences gained from the feedback we get every year the majority is positive and we always welcome constructive criticism so we keep improving the experience for festival goers, musicians and team Blues on the Farm.
THURSDAY 18th June: we have tried lots of formats ranging from meet and greets for the campers to local bands; this year is a departure from the norm. We have two bands that are a mix of Blues/funk/soul to get things going; lots of people love this style bringing back memories of many bands including Average White Band. The format for the evening is a good time for everyone who arrives on a Thursday often after a long journey and for people living locally appealing to the many people locally who love the ale we serve and this style of music on a summer’s evening and so makes it a standalone gig as well.

FRIDAY 19th June: This year we have six bands that will bring blues music that excites included in the mix are Jar Family back by popular demand after delighting the festival last year on a warm Sunday afternoon, their blues with a steampunk attitude hit the right spot. We also welcome back the ever popular band The Hoax and the return of Mud Morganfield who brings the spirit of Muddy Waters into the festival, on his only visit to U.K. this summer. Into the mix we have a young and talented band Stark and Owen & The Mockingbirds an act from the South Coast plus the power of Canadian firebird Layla Zoe Friday is a day of wall to wall music delivered with passion.

SATURDAY 20th June: Today is party day, we all want fun music, dancing and a feeling that the festival and time out from our daily routines will go on and on, hence why we end the day with a feel good band The Jive Aces. We also will delight everyone who loves blues guitar with Ben Poole who with his band always impresses the crowds, Kaz Hawkins & Her Band O’ Men we think is the hidden gem of the festival she will be a new act to many and her vocals are awesome. Sam Kelly’s Station House will once again bring his blues rhythm to a Saturday that has a musical zing from beginning to end.

SUNDAY 21st June: We always say Sunday is a day for good quality happy music and as ever is a mixed bag of music that is family friendly for all ages to enjoy and have positive memories of the Friendliest Festival in Britain today. Opening with a drum workshop delivered by the great raconteur Sam Kelly, he loves to share his knowledge and has a lovely calmness about him as he promotes live music. Into the mix we have some Cajun from The Roosters back in the saddle with his Cajun reggae is Champion Doug Veitch, Brilleaux from New Zealand named after Dr Feelgood’s Lee Brilleaux; and closing with Brothers Groove who put down a good groove as people drift away and return home. Counting down the days until Blues on the Farm 2016 our 25th anniversary.

Bluesdoodles: Blues On The Farm definitely delivers the music, what else is there that makes this a festival to remember and keep returning

Julian: We have camping facilities for tents and motorhomes; these are in the many fields never far away from the action, with the spaces divided by mature tree breaks creating the feel that you are in your own private space. The safety of our campers is assured with our Security Stewards will be on patrol 24 hours and any emergencies at night can be referred to them.
Refreshments: The beer tent is always popular with a range of ales (up to 20 to choose from) and ciders; along with non-alcoholic beverages. We also have a range of food stalls to suit every ones tastes and plenty of tea and coffee.

Bluesdoodles: What keeps you motivated to keep going to the festival every year; when you set the bar higher and higher as each year builds on the previous festival?

Julian: The enthusiastic response from people at the festival; so many people stop and tell me how they love the music, and the atmosphere. We want to make this a real holiday experience for people who come for the weekend building a rapport with people that return ever year they are the real friends of the festivals. Then there are the letters, messages on Facebook and the flowers that Cath gets sent as a thank you we really appreciate the personal connection people have.
The feedback we get is amazing from bands who have said BOTF artist are valued to the dedicated who collect the memorabilia of the event, tickets, programmes and T Shirts every year; we have become part of festival attendees summer calendar, we love meeting and greeting everyone. To me it is delivering a fabulous festival that lives up to its name the Friendliest Festival in Britain. As the marque comes down, the litter cleared we start the booking of bands for 2016.

LOCATION
Location
Blues on the Farm
Pump Bottom Farm,
Birdham Rd.
Chichester,
West Sussex, PO20 7EH

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TICKET PRICES: Can be purchased through website

4 DAY TICKET
ADULT TICKET – £129.00
CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £49.50 ~ under 10’s get in free

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE 2015 TICKET
EVENING ONLY ADULT – 18.30 – 24.00 ~ Two Bands – £28.00
EVENING ONLY CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £14.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE 2015
ALL DAY ADULT TICKET – £36.00
ALL DAY CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £18.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 ADULT – 18.30 – 25.00 ~ Three Bands – £25.00
EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £12.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

SATURDAY 20TH JUNE 2015
ALL DAY ADULT TICKET – £36.00
ALL DAY CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £17.50 ~ under 10’s get in free

EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 ADULT – 18.30 – 25.00 ~ Three Bands – £25.00
EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £12.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

SUNDAY 21ST JUNE 2015
ALL DAY ADULT TICKET – £36.00
ALL DAY CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £15.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 ADULT – 18.30 – 25.00 ~ Three Bands – £25.00
EVENING ONLY 18.30 – 24.00 CHILD Aged 10 to 15 £12.00 ~ under 10’s get in free

To Buy Tickets click ONLINE or Ticket Hotline: 01243 773828 or 01243 539072
For more information check out Blues On The Farm website http://www.bluesonthefarm.co.uk/

Photo Gallery of 2015 – Liz Aiken Photography

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CD Review: Ben Poole ~ Live At The Albert Hall

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Live At The Albert Hall
Manhaton Records

There is no doubt the The Bluesfest at The Albert Hall 2014 has spawned a range of top quality BBC recordings that allow fans of artists to hear them live in their own rooms. Having a live album is still no substitute for going out and seeing the artists you admire in a venue; this album once again shows what a superb blues guitar player Ben is and should raise his profile further.

Ben’s distinctive voice and approach to the lyrics make him stand out from the crowd when combined with his tasty lead breaks on guitar which fizz with rock tinged blues, this is not the ‘sitting on the front porch’ sort of blues. It is a British interpretation of electric blues that has been in the ascendency since the 1960’s. His version of Otis Redding’s Mr Pitiful and Freddie King’s Have You Ever Loved A Women are good illustrations where the silence of the audience is a testament to the quality of the guitar solo that holds your attentions as he sets his stall out with versions that have his own style embedded into the arrangements. Ben definitely adds layers of tones to every track with twirls of funk and soul as musical strands underlying the sound he produces. These tones are further embellished by the rhythm section, Craig Bacon on Drums and Matt Beable on bass they understand what is required on every track ensuring that the vocals and guitar have centre stage, confident in the knowledge without their bedrock of tone the sound would be hollow, so deftly demonstrated on It doesn’t Have To Be That Way.

The album has eight live tracks that span the years Ben has been touring Europe & U.K so gives a real flavour of the style and approach to the blues Ben will deliver to a live audience anywhere whether a gig or festival; though with a live set you hear more tracks so more of a delight. Plus a bonus of a studio track Starting All Over Again, with Wayne Proctor on drums & Bob Fridzema on keys, these two quality artists are normally associated with King King, and Steve Amadeo on bass leaving you spell-bound and wanting to hear more of Ben Poole and his band.

Ben Poole and his band are touring Europe and U.K. – TOUR DATES

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch

Track Listing

1. Intro
2. Let’s Go Upstairs
3. Love Nobody No More
4. (I Know) I’m Losing You
5. Mr Pitiful
6. It Doesn’t Have To Be That Way
7. Leave It On
8. Have You Ever Loved A Woman
Bonus Studio Track 
9. Starting All Over Again