Paul Carrack @ St Davids Hall April 2014

Another packed house at St David’s Hall for the Man in The Hat, Paul Carrack accompanied by a 7-piece band including Sax; Guitar, Bass, Keys and a two drummers with different styles and sound that complemented each other. Tonight they delivered a selection of tracks from his long career from Mike & The Mechanics, The … Read more…

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Review – Bentworth Blues Festival August 2013

Celebrating the fantastic Bentworth Blues Festival and Bluesdoodles 100th posting… This year prior to the festival, there were giant hurdles of bureaucracy that Matt Williams landlord of The Star Inn had to jump over to bring the delightful palette of sounds that is the unique come-back again draw of this festival. He surmounted the obstacle … Read more…

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Abertillery Blues festival Saturday 13th July 2013

Saturday, the second day of the festival, was to provide twelve hours of solid entertainment. The show got under-way at Midday with a trio of local performers, starting with festival regular opening as an Acoustic duo Gordon Wride and Simon Gregory with an homage to early blues especially Robert Johnson. The Sam Andrews Band followed … Read more…

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Abertillery Blues Festival 12th July 2013

On a very warm Summer’s evening, the 9th Abertillery Blues Festival was officially opened with Bob & Norm from GTFM Bluesshow announcing the first act of the weekend, Mick Pini Band. As ever Mick delivered a display of quality blues guitar playing, this was no blues power trio it was a quartet of fine musicians … Read more…

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George Thorogood & The Destroyers June 2013

George Thorogood and The Destroyers – St David’s Hall 26th June 2013 Opening the proceedings to an excited and enthusiastic audience was Big Boy Bloater; this he partly did with an energetic set of self-penned numbers, he did engage with the audience but what he failed to do was crank up the energy. I also … Read more…

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Mike Sanchez Band @ The Met Abertillery 8th June 2013

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 … Read more…

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Ian Siegal and The Mississippi Mudbloods @The Garage, Islington

Ian Siegal and The Mississippi Mudbloods @ The Garage, Islington 8th May 2013 The support tonight was provided by a micro version of Dave Migden & The Dirty Words, comprising Dave accompanied by guitarist Joe Gibson, and what a fine duo they make delivering some superb covers including Taj Mahal’s ‘Fishing Blues’ interspersed with stripped … Read more…

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King King @ The Flowerpot, Derby – 27th April 2013

The Flowerpot, Derby is a brilliant venue that combines some fantastic real ales with exceptional live music acts that appeal to the crowds that turn up to be entertained. King King, the main act of the evening, were supported by a young band Devlin Blue who hail from Lincoln, and are currently studying music in … Read more…

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Babjack meets Dave Arcari @ Re-con Club, Malvern on 20th April 2013

Dave Arcari arrived with an impressive array of string instruments Banjo, his solid electric is a National Resolectric Junior, a shiny Silver National Style O and the one I describe as the black beast which is more precisely a National Delphi; both of these have been custom-made for Dave by National so they produce that … Read more…

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Derrin Nauendorf & Rick Foot @ West End Club Barry

Derrin Nauendorf and Rick Foot – 19th April 2013 – West End Club, Barry Before the show, I had a quick chat with Derrin: What was your first musical memories growing up in Australia? My source was my Father’s vinyl collection BB King, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, it was all down to his good taste, … Read more…

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