2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music Continues

2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music Continues

2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music Continues

This year Bluesdoodles could only enjoy Saturday and Sunday under the umbrella of blues hospitality that Matt Williams provides every year. For the second year Old Bush Blues entertained us, fed us and supplied some quality ale all wrapped up in the company of old, new and yet to meet friends. I was reliably informed that Friday, was the best ever opening for the friendly festival that relocated from The Star In, Bentworth losing nothing of its pizzazz and energy. Bluesdoodles was especially disappointed to have missed Lucy Zirins and Debbie Bond who entertained us with amazing Alabama infused blues at Blues on the Farm.

2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music ContinuesSaturday – it is Hat Day, midday and the music starts with a storming set from Red Butler. We heard tracks that have become mainstays of their set including Pensions Blues that Jane Pearce wrote after receiving a letter at nineteen about planning for her future. Music is this band’s future building on the solid foundation with their debut album Freedom Bound. We are all anticipating their follow-up album with relish, Nothing To Lose may be the title but this young band has everything to again as they build blues that connects to listeners of all ages today. The crowd smiled, danced and got it the festival mood on hats day with their take on Shakin’ All Over and party piece Jay Walker. What a band to start the proceeding as the hats weaved between the two outside marquees Car Park and Garden and the acts in the bar this was a festival where the music entertained. Next up we had classic blues as Cryin’ Out Loud picked up the baton before passing onto a firm festival favourite Five Field Holler. This is the band who ensure that sound works throughout the three days and always provide an entertaining slot. Joined by Italian key board player and Tristan O’Kelly adding guitar and taking over vocal duties. The blues were firing in every shade and now into the bonfire of the blues some harmonica lead swing influence blues from the charismatic Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers. The hats were bobbing in time to the rhythms and the dancers just love to dance. Bringing the Saturday to a stylish close with a double act, back for the second year Catfish who wowed the bar last year. A great set of a mix of blues-rock with scintillating licks and riffs that are picked up by Paul on keys. His pedal board was vast, yet it was used with thought so no effect ever overpowered the great tone Matt conjours from his Les Paul. Matthew Long’s guitar playing influence by Joe Bonamassa just gets better and better the perfect run-up to Northsyde and bobble hat fun with Lorna Fothergill up front with their own brand of blues with rock and style. Old Bush Blues festooned with hats had a winner, then Lorna tried on for size and sung dressed as a beer keg! As Saturday due to an intoxicating close as guitarist Matthew Long & Sam Anderson joining Northsyde and played up until the curfew.

2016 Old Bush Blues Traditions, Fun, Music ContinuesSunday, Shirt and Dresses day back with music, beer, coffee and sunshine today drying up the rain from yesterday. Starting the proceedings were an up tempo Del Ray Rockets. This rockabilly trio delivered rock n’ roll lifting the Sunday spirit. Many of the attendees were so excited about Chris Farlowe singing this afternoon. The New Amen Corner started the proceedings the crowd was excited as they smiled danced and sung along to remembered songs from the sixties. Starting the set of featuring Jules Benjamin on keys was Bend Me Shake Me. An anthology of hits from the sixties the perfect mix for a Sunday afternoon, Chris Farlowe greeted by a loud cheer raised the temperature. Once again Matt has found the perfect set for the festival that curls around his pub in Callow End. Robin Bibi was on fire this afternoon. His playing was superb and the new numbers from his barn storming latest album, No More A Secret were electrifying. We were treated to a tribute to BB King, Waiting On You, as he did his walk around. He entertained with blues that filled the marquee as he stood on the table and then invited Richard Clarke to take a turn twiddling the six-strings and finally it was Matt Long’s turn. The title track ensured that albums were in demand and the Bo Diddle inspired Little Annie Brown had the dancers jumping with delight. Sunday saw the music flowing and spirits high with Danny Kyle, solo inspiring as he sat with guitar and vocals and enchanted the festival. Back Water Roll, an authentic six-piece rock n roll band kept the tempo rolling as they played the classic that will always be enjoyed. Next up was a band formed for the festival 633 Squadron, featuring Jules Fothergill (Northsyde), Stuart Dixon and Cliff Brown with his 633 amps. This was quality jam music that flowed and makes a festival zing with the spirit of fun, music and laughter. They may never have played before, no one would know this was blues with curling rock the perfect music as the evening darkened. Ending the festival in traditional style with a Jam with the other Jules. Old Bush Blues just keeps on entertaining and will continue to be an annual pilgrimage for many.

This is a festival that is about a community coming together to enjoy the weekend. Jules Benjamin throughout the weekend controlled the timing acted as MC. The BBQ ranged hot as burgers were demolished and Karen and her staff ensured food was available hot and well cooked. Old Bush Blues works due to the hard work of the whole festival team that surrounds Matt, the musicians and festival goers. Thank you, Old Bush Blues has delivered all it promised to here’s to 2017.

This year Bluesdoodles could only enjoy Saturday and Sunday under the umbrella of blues hospitality that Matt Williams provides every year. For the second year Old Bush Blues entertained us, fed us and supplied some quality ale all wrapped up in the company of old, new and yet to meet friends. I was reliably informed that Friday, was the best ever opening for the friendly festival that relocated from The Star In, Bentworth loosing nothing of its pizazz and energy. Bluesdoodles, was especially disappointed to have missed Lucy Zirins and Debbie Bond who entertained us with amazing Alabama infused blues at Blues on the Farm.

Saturday, midday and the music starts with a storming set from Red Butler. We heard tracks that have become mainstays of their set including Pensions Blues that Jane Pearce wrote after receiving a letter at nineteen about planning for her future. Music is this bands future building on the solid foundation with their debut album Freedom Bound. We are all anticipating their follow-up album with relish, Nothing To Lose may be the title but this young band has everything to again as they build blues that connects to listeners of all ages today. The crowd smiled, danced and got it the festival mood on hats day with their take on Shakin’ All Over and party piece Jay Walker. What a band to start the proceeding as the hats weaved between the two outside marquees Car Park and Garden and the acts in the bar this was a festival where the music entertained. Next up we had classic blues as Cryin’ Out Loud picked up the baton before passing onto a firm festival favourite Five Field Holler. This is the band who ensure that sound works throughout the three days and always provide an entertaining slot. Joined by Italian key board player and Tristan O’Kelly adding guitar and taking over vocal duties. The blues were firing in every shade and now into the bonfire of the blues some harmonica lead swing influence blues from the charismatic Rollo Markee & The Tailshakers. The hats were bobbing in time to the rhythms and the dancers just love to dance. Bringing the Saturday to a stylish close with a double act, back for the second year Catfish who wowed the bar last year. A great set of a mix of blues-rock with scintillating licks and riffs that are picked up by Paul on keys. His pedal board was vast, yet it was used with thought so no effect ever overpowered the great tone Matt conjures from his Les Paul. Matthew Long’s guitar playing influence by Joe Bonamassa just gets better and better the perfect run-up to Northsyde and bobble hat fun with Lorna Fothergill up front with their own brand of blues with rock and style. Old Bush Blues festooned with hats had a winner, then Lorna tried on for size and sung dressed as a beer keg! As Saturday due to an intoxicating close as guitarist Matthew Long & Sam Anderson joining Northsyde and played up until the curfew.

Sunday back with music, beer, coffee and sunshine today drying up the rain from yesterday. Starting the proceedings were an up-tempo Del Ray Rockets. This rockabilly trio delivered rock n’ roll lifting the Sunday spirit. Many of the attendees were so excited about Chris Farlowe singing this afternoon. The New Amen Corner started the proceedings the crowd was excited as they smiled danced and sung along to remembered songs from the sixties. Starting the set of featuring Jules Benjamin on keys was Bend Me Shake Me. An anthology of hits from the sixties the perfect mix for a Sunday afternoon, Chris Farlowe greeted by a loud cheer raised the temperature. Once again Matt has found the perfect set for the festival that curls around his pub in Callow End. Robin Bibi, was on fire this afternoon. His playing was superb and the new numbers from his barn storming latest album, No More A Secret were electrifying. We were treated to a tribute to BB King, Waiting On You, as he did his walk around. He entertained with blues that filled the marquee as he stood on the table and then invited Richard Clarke to take a turn twiddling the six-strings and finally it was Matt Long’s turn. The title track ensured that albums were in demand and the Bo Diddle inspired Little Annie Brown had the dancers jumping with delight. Sunday saw the music flowing and spirits high with Danny Kyle, solo inspiring as he sat with guitar and vocals and enchanted the festival. Back Water Roll, an authentic six-piece rock n roll band kept the tempo rolling as they played the classic that will always be enjoyed. Next up was a band formed for the festival 6333 Squadron, featuring Jules Fothergill (Northsyde), Stuart Dixon and Cliff Brown with his 633 amps. This was quality jam music that flowed and makes a festival zing with the spirit of fun, music and laughter. They may never have played before, no one would know this was blues with curling rock the perfect music as the evening darkened. Ending the festival in traditional style with a Jam with the other Jules. Old Bush Blues just keeps on entertaining and will continue to be an annual pilgrimage for many.

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This is a festival that is about a community coming together to enjoy the weekend. Jules Benjamin throughout the weekend controlled the timing acted as MC. The BBQ ranged hot as burgers were demolished and Karen and her staff ensured food was available hot and well cooked. Old Bush Blues works due to the hard work of the whole festival team that surrounds Matt, the musicians and festival goers. Thank you, Old Bush Blues has delivered all it promised to here’s to 2017.

CD Review: Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue ~ Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue

Ruzz-CD-Front-MasterThere is no doubting the influences on this ten track self-titled album Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue, the music is loud hard edge Rockabilly with a feel of stepping into the edges of a Western on many of the tracks. This is a dancing ‘let’s have a good time at a party’ album it gets the adrenalin going and dancing toes tapping and hips a swaying. The Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue are from Bristol and Ruzz leads from the front with his churning high octane guitar work that pulls you into the music with his riffs and licks that are delivered with energy. What is lacking at times is finesse, a drawing of breath and changing the shape of the music so that the full depth of Rockabilly, Rhythm and Blues can be explored even have a bit more Country because even the Slow Train is in a hurry to get back home. The rhythm section keeps the shape thanks to the skills of Holly Carter on drums and Joe Allen’s Upright Bass, in fact a bit more of the bass at times would have filled out an deepened the musical tone of the tracks. Ruzz on vocals delivers the songs but again a slower tempo at times would have allowed him to explore the emotions and added another layer as on Broke Again a song with lyrics that many can relate to. The speed is relentless from the opening number The Last Stand through to Gasolina an instrumental that leaves you gathering your musical breath as the track draws to an end. That said this is an album that hits the rockabilly hot spot and has more highs than lows and will always be an enjoyable listen – a definite party hit.

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

Ruzz Guitar’s Blues Revue – Independent

Track Listing CD

1 – The Last Stand
2 – Hard Times
3 – Mine All Mine
4 – Leavin’ Town
5 – Made It Through
6 – Broke Again
7 – Slow Train
8 – Borrowed Time
9 – Sweet As Honey
10 – Gasolina

Mike Sanchez Band @ The Met Abertillery 8th June 2013

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Mike Sanchez and his U.K. band does not have a set list they let the music flow and the crowd is welcomed to shout out the numbers that are special to them creating an eclectic and inclusive set of blues, rockabilly and rock and roll delivered with style by Mike and his band of superb musicians. You cannot avoid being taken in by Mike’s giant warm personality with buckets loads of charisma that is natural and you know he is enjoying bringing joyful live music entertainment to you. The numbers ranged from Little Richard, John Lee Hooker, Fats Domino, etc… The supporting cast to the luscious piano delivered by Mike were his regular U.K. Band comprising of Drums, Mark Morgan; Double Bass, Nick Whitfield and Guitar, Tom Bull provided a clean/tight back-drop for Mike with the combination of fine musicianship that was balanced and created a whole. There is no doubt that the double bass, Nick’s weapon of choice provides a special timbre to this style of music and Nick delivered top drawer double bass throughout the evening and the solo interludes demonstrated why this instrument provides a tone electric bass however played simply cannot deliver. Tom Bell produced some wonderful guitar licks delivered with a subtlety that made them a delight delivered with a twang and whole lot of soul, Tom made the guitar strings purr in a delightful contrast to Nick’s double bass strumming. Half way through the set out strode Sarah Wynne, Mike’s wife of one week, who took over the vocals and the tempo definitely went up a notch or two, enabling Mike to show everyone what a talent he is as a keyboard player and the chemistry between the two of them was electric.

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By the end of the night, The Met @ Abertillery was a rockin’ and a rollin’ with lots of audience participation as they took to the space at the front of the stage to dance the night away creating a tremendous live event feeling, that makes live music so intimate and special. Mike, who played the local festival in 2011, gave a great plug for Abertillery 2013 and a lucky person in the audience won two weekend tickets; and Mike even hinted to delight of his many fans listening tonight that he could be at the festival n 2014! He then went straight into great rendition, with his own twist and musical turns, of Welsh rock star Dave Edmunds ‘Deep In The Heart of Texas’; delivering the approval of the audience. Also included was a clever, entertaining medley of great classics that was Mike’s version of ‘Name That Tune!; the medley included ‘Whole Lotta Love‘; ‘Boom, Boom,Boom‘; ‘Shake Your Hips’; finishing off with Mike playing the Maracas ‘Bo Diddly‘; this was pure fun to watch, hear and be part off. Mike’s expressive face made Howlin Wolf’s ‘How Many More Times‘, fresh and alive this is how covers should be performed; not as an exercise to show off the riffs, chords and beats that you have learnt but as a celebration of a classic number. To end the show he had the audience eating out of his hand, loving every moment as he took random request after request, his repertoire is quite staggering. Wow! What a brilliant evening everyone was truly entertained.

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