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Paul Edis: "One of the regulars at The Gala today called me a 'turncoat' and another a 'deserter' - that's a very northern way of displaying affection in response to the news that I'm leaving the area. 'They're vicious down there mind you'. " - (Twitter January24, 2020)

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Today Saturday January 25

Afternoon

Jazz

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Shirt Tail Stompers - Durham Town Hall, Durham DH1 3NJ. 7:30-11:15pm. £25.00. (£20.00. adv.). DJam 2020: Lindy Hop Festival ‘Masquerade Ball’. Line-up inc. Michael McQuaid (reeds), Nick Ball (drums). A Lindy Jazz event.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Broken Levee + John Carroll - Saltburn Cricket Club, Marske Mill Lane, Saltburn TS12 1HJ. 7:30pm (doors). £10.00. Info & tickets: 07960 935263. Saltburn Blues Club.

Ojay - Outstanding Art, North Road, Durham DH1 4SQ. Tel: 0191 649 0553. 8:00pm. Free. Electric bassist Ojay.

Raggy Ass Boys - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Claire Kelly Quartet @ Hoochie Coochie. June 14


Claire Kelly (vcl); Mark Williams (gtr); Paul Susans (bs); Jeff Armstrong (dms).
What can I say? A good singer, three excellent musicians - the ingredients are all there - this should have been Hoochie Coochie Heaven!.
Seven Steps to Heaven? They maybe reached Step 5
I don't know but, for some reason the components didn't gel the way they did on Claire's last visit.
The girl sang well and looked good, Mark soloed impressively, Paul was rock solid and Jeff solid as a rock yet they didn't tick all the boxes and I don't know why.
Perhaps it was the mainly new and possibly unfamiliar material - there were obvious moments of uncertainty -but overall there wasn't the buzz about the two sets that there normally is with Claire.
Audience wise it was the vibrant blues numbers that drew the most applause and where it seemed most likely to happen but never quite did.
Lance.

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