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Heyho

The Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Butlins, Skegne

Just got back for this 3 day event. Excellent time was had I must say.

Managed to cram a hell of a lot of music in:

Blue Swamp Band - a good traditional R&B band
Dr Feelgood -  maybe none of the original left but still worth a shout. Good solid rock and blues played with a lot of energy
The Quireboys - ermmm moving on

The Yardbirds - once again a solid performance
Carl Palmer - well you have to say you have seen him don't you. Not bad if you like that sort o fthing
Eddie and the Hot Rods - one of my first ever bands I saw around 1977. Still good but they have long since lost that punk band waggon feel

Wilko Johnson - excellent performance. The bloke may be dying but his bass player looked worse!!!!
Chantelle McGreggor - 27, blonde, fit and she can play a guitar like Hendrix. Got the world at her feet. Just picked a wrong set list in my opinion. But she's a local lass (Bradford way). Worth checking her out
Jefferson Starship - for me the highlight of the whole weekend was their version of Joplins Bobbie McGee sung by the excellent (and bloody fit) Cathy Richardson. Also did White Rabbit.  A surprise packet. Very good indeed
Nine Below Zero - I was brought up on this pub rock and blues sound that Nine Below Zero produce. Excellent harmonica playing. A great end to a great weekend.
Grind

Jefferson Starship: a high-de-highlight?

* Gets red coat. *
Frazier Cranium

There were a few ho di hos there too.


* doesn't own anything red to get *
fartcatcher

Pleased to hear Wilko's still going strong. He wasn't expected to last out 2013.

They breed them tough on Canvey Island.
Heyho

fartcatcher wrote:
Pleased to hear Wilko's still going strong. He wasn't expected to last out 2013.

They breed them tough on Canvey Island.


His bassist, Norman Watt-Roy would make anyone look healthy
Frazier Cranium

Whilst outplaying practically any bassist around though eh H?
Frazier Cranium

We saw The Animals too, and they were very very good.  Only one original member, the drummer, plus Alan Price's replacement from 1965, but that doesn't detract from the fact that they made some brilliant tunes and that these 'new' fellas are great musicians.
Heyho

I think that was the thing to come out of the whole weekend. A lot of brilliant session musicians around that never get the accolade they rightly deserve (if indeed many want it).

You take Watt-Roy - ok probably known for his time with the Blockheads but also the bassist on the original Frankie Goes to Hollywood relax studio version.
Forest

Frazier Cranium wrote:
We saw The Animals too, and they were very very good.  Only one original member, the drummer, plus Alan Price's replacement from 1965, but that doesn't detract from the fact that they made some brilliant tunes and that these 'new' fellas are great musicians.



Triggers Broom.  
Late Doors

Chantelle McGregor has played the Duck n Drake a few times. In fact wasn't she on one night a few of us were in.?

Blues festivals are ace if you like blues, soz for stating the bleeding  obvious like. Usually a great crowd, lovely older lasses and usually decent ale. Some bands are better than others but that's one of the beauties of em. As long as they do their best it seems to work. Some of the best weekends of my life have been at the Burnley blues festival.

Used to be a band from Halifax way called private dicks. They were fantastic, everything good about a pub blues band
fartcatcher

I used to go watch quite a lot of blues bands when i lived in Brum. There were some fantastic guitarists. Often wondered why they weren't famous.

I suppose it's a bit like Sunday League football. Occasionally, you come across a guy who's a fantastic player and you wonder why Tresor Kandol is playing league football and he isn't.

In both cases, I guess they just love what they are doing - and if it ever got too serious, it would spoil the fun.
Plastic Man

Late Doors wrote:
Chantelle McGregor has played the Duck n Drake a few times. In fact wasn't she on one night a few of us were in.?


You're quite right. I remember the evening well. I can't remember how, but I had got to know the gig promoter there at the time quite well. He correctly predicted great things for her. I think she was only about 18 at the time.

I too am a fan of blues-based music and also went to see a lot of bands in Birmingham during the 80s. There were a lot of out-and-out blues bands at the time. The guitarists were very talented. However, what I didn't like was that too many of the tracks were self-indulgent dirges, with solos which dragged on too long.

I prefer the pub-rock style of blues - hammering it out to a fast tempo, combined guitar/harmonica solos to last no more than 1.5 minutes, and a total playing time of 4-5 minutes.
Heyho

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Late Doors wrote:
I prefer the pub-rock style of blues - hammering it out to a fast tempo, combined guitar/harmonica solos to last no more than 1.5 minutes, and a total playing time of 4-5 minutes.


Love it. many a Friday and Saturday night spent listening to that type of music in the Eagle, new Roscoe and the like.

The harp player on Nine below Zero (Mark ?) is brilliant.

As for Chantelle Mcgregor - she isn't main stream music is she. She might have more talent in here little finger than anyone who has won x-factor but that counts for nothing.

Her problem is her stage presence. She's wooden and doesn't have the knack of engaging with the audience properly. Might hold her back. She needs to become a raunchy rock chick
Nyles O Cranium

I'm just hoping that her choice of set was a bit lacking and that she'll be fine re the stage presence, H.  She has a good drummer and a good bassist with her, but THEY were too 'quiet' on Sunday.

She comes across as a lovely Bradford (?) lass but needs to play more rock stuff man than long drawn out tracks like this gig.

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