It has been a difficult few months for everyone. 2020 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons, memories are not being made with so much of our lives canceled, put on hold, and locked down. the last gig Liz at Bluesdoodles went to was Beth Hart St Davids Hall on Wednesday, 12 February. What a night of innocence and wonderful live music. Who could imagine that in a few weeks, Theatres, venues, clubs, galleries the source of creative arts and culture would fall quiet, doors barred when will they open again. Sadly, you will not find the review, it was where I intended to start. Then I recalled that to has been stolen Bluesdoodles was hacked and lost all of its content from September 2019 to March 2020. Combined with LOckdown I was despondent, motivation sucked out of me. I have been adrift since then. Now as the leaves change colour I am trying to re-kindle the flame that burned brightly over at Bluesdoodles Towers for recorded music and wait patiently as I can for the lights to be turned on again at the venues we love. Part of this process is a new set of posts.
Bluesdoodles New Sections
In addition to our regular CD Reviews and Interviews, (Live Music Reviews are on hold) we are adding on Monday & Friday (and possible Wednesday a collection of videos and singles that have caught my eyes and ears. Touched my soul, kept the light of music glowing in a very dark space many of us are inhabiting at the moment.
Thursday will be memory day where I will be trawling the archive today we are reaching back to the beginning few posts from 2013.
Bluesdoodles Memories Recalled – Flashback Thursday from 2013
Bluesdoodles First Gig Review
Larry Miller Band at The Flowerpot, Derby December 2012. This gig was the first posting on Bluesdoodles in January 2013. Rather fitting as this is the month that RawPromo, Lisa & Alan Wooley celebrate 25-years of
putting on live music for our delight.
To quote Bluesdoodles – “What a great night out, proving once again that live music is unbeatable and as usual Larry had the crowd eating out of his hand from beginning to end with his mesmerising take on rock Blues ….”
Bluesdoodles First Festival Review
Bentworth Blues 2012 – this is a special festival music fans owe a huge debt of gratitude to Matt Williams and all his team who run this musical cornucopia every year. The festival has moved to The Old Bush, Callow End, a different location with the same quality three days of beer, music, and friendships.
Northsyde, with charismatic singer Lorna Fothergill upfront with hats now the ubiquitous ‘Bobble Hat’. The band is synonymous with this event returning every year with the set lighting up the marquee, until 2020 when live music was silenced.
To quote Bluesdoodles – another Matt Williams extravaganza that had delivered in every sense of the word – even the weather was perfect in what has been a very dreary wet summer…
Bluesdoodles First CD Review
The first CD reviewed on Bluesdoodles – was Gwyn Ashton’s Radiogram
‘To quote Bluesdoodles – ‘Radiogram’, is a fascinating mix of raw and delicate, intricate and simple, rock and blues, that reminds you why you love rock/blues music, this is no power-driven guitarist Gwyn knows he can play and uses this to provide subtlety when required and complexity of chords on another track creating a whole wall of sound that keeps you engaged and above all entertained from beginning to end.
Other Early Live Music Reviews
Oysterband with June Tabor @ Parc and Dare, Treorchy
Bluesdoodles quote, “The band came back on and did a stunning encore ‘The Dark Eyed Sailor’; Bob Dylan’s ‘Seven Curses’ and to end this evening a fitting Gaelic a cappella number reminding us of the power of the voice an end to a truly magnificent gig the musicians left the stage leaving Ray “Chopper” Cooper to take a final bow as part of team Oysterband.
Chantel McGregor delighting Borough Blues Club March 2013
Bluesdoodles quoted “a Chantel gig is a two-way, no, a three-way conversation Chantel witty asides and the audience responses and delight and then the main conversation the live music which touched hearts, minds, and souls of the audiences lifting the spirits on a cold March evening.”
Robert Cray – St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Bluesdoodles quote, “This was certainly demonstrated in ‘Sitting On Top Of The World’ with its times squealing high notes and an emotional guitar solo demonstrating how he shakes various styles, in a cocktail shaker of sound-producing his own instantly recognisable style, this will certainly have pleased the Robert Cray fans in the audience.”
Chris Farlowe and Norman Beaker Band
Bluesdoodles quote, ‘Popular demand will surely see Chris Farlowe & The Norman Beaker Beaker Band back, as they show no sign of wanting to stop gigging and ‘The Voice’ is as strong as ever to hold the audience spellbound once again with every note, gesture and every song of this very difficult act to follow!’
Marcus Bonfanti – Calm Before The Storm Tour 2013
To sum up the gig in one word ‘powerful’ in a sentence; charismatic powerhouse mesmerizing the audience with his powerful, entertaining modern British acoustic blues.
Abertillery Blues Rock Festival – 2012 reviewed
This review of 2012 in retrospect setting as up for 2013!
Bluesdoodles quote, ‘Overall the running order of the festival worked really well with the atmosphere growing and moving on an upward spiral to a crescendo on each day. Yet again a fantastic festival with everyone saying roll on Abertillery 2013….‘
First Shrewsbury Festival Reviewed
Bluesdoodles quote ‘The sound and lighting were fantastic and the brilliant MC Lionel Ross who did a sterling job as last-minute MC introducing and thanking the bands. Above all great to see people out supporting and keeping blues music live, that is what it is all about.’
Other Early CD Reviews
Jo Harman – Dirt On My Tongue
‘Dirt on Your Tongue’ will soon be on everyone’s lips as she should receive airplay across the networks with this stunningly elegant collection of songs delivered with commitment and passion. Album of 2013 if not the decade… go listen, go buy and get out and see Jo Harman perform these tracks live.
Navacross – All The Way Home
This is a CD worth adding to your collection and get to see them live as I am sure one of their gigs would be great fun.
Katie Bradley – She’s Ready
‘This is an album that is alive with pure joy of excellent blues music that truly reflects the live recording of Katie Bradley’s, ‘She’s Ready’. This is a début CD of 8 tracks that take you on a roller-coaster of highs and lows, combining a mix of clever re-arrangements so that they fit into Katie’s style and self-penned tracks.’
Killin It – Dave Migden and The Dirty Words
‘What stays in your mind though is Dave Migden’s voice that soars through the production and highlights the other instruments and develops the tempo with a voice that is definitely more Black Treacle than Golden Syrup. Listen to the album with open ears, sit back and enjoy the journey.’
Groove-a-matics– Gotta Use what You’ve Got
This is an impressive CD, the band has produced a live-sound in the studio that represents why they are such a popular gigging band, buy, listen, sit back, enjoy and relax; this is quality blues; then get out that door and listen to them live…
Whisky in my Blood – Dave Arcari & Helsinki Hellraisers
‘… showcases this travelling musician as a skilled songwriter and awesome slide guitarist that just wants you to have fun whilst listening to a punk blues sound that is modern and works so well. This CD reflects the skills of this accomplished musician and your foot will be tapping from beginning to end as the Arcari style shines through.’