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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Snowmen from Prague visit the Bell & Bucket. December 16

Bell & Bucket New Orleans Jazz Band:
Paul Bacon (drums), Dick Straughan (piano), Mac Rae (clarinet & vocals), Lawrence McBriarty (trombone) & Doris Fenn (banjo) + Marilyn Hunter (vocals), Eddie Casey (vocals) & Ray (percussion)
(Review by Russell).
A linen table cloth, paper party hats, tinsel. Yes, it’s Christmas pub grub time! A three courses meal – posh, eh? The Bell and Bucket on Norfolk Street in North Shields was busy. If it can’t do good business at this time of year it never will.
Paul Bacon’s Bell and Bucket New Orleans Jazz Band assumed their usual seats (the band is a New Orleans all-seated affair) and mixed it up; Tishomingo Blues the pick of the first few tunes. Guest vocalist Marilyn Hunter (tucking into turkey and trimmings) sang C’est Magnifique, the band pined for My Old Kentucky Home and Eddie Casey, saloon bar style, assured us I Can’t Give You Anything but Love, Baby.
Bandleader Bacon introduced some serious N’Awlins tunes – Red Wing (good trombone from Lawrence McBriarty, good clarinet and drums) and Mac Rae’s clarinet and vocals on Paul Barbarin’s Second Line set the standard. In an aside, Bacon mentioned he had been doing some research into the music (a life-long project, no doubt) and had read of recent speculation that Barbarin could have a good claim to ownership of Mood Indigo.
Second set, more mixed fayre; It Had to Be You and Margie. Gigs are ten-a-penny. Then, just occasionally, something wonderful happens…Mac Rae sang Alcoholic Blues (comp. M. Rae). ‘…So long whisky, so long gin.’ What a tune! Witherspoon would have covered it! Mr Rae had a confession to make…he stole the tune from Kenny Baker when they were in Gran Canaria together. Now, there’s a story!
Next week (Tuesday 23) is party time proper, more hats and silliness promised. Oh, yes. The snowmen from Prague…a visitor from the Czech Republic offered two ginger bread men (made in Prague) as a raffle prize. Your BSH correspondent snaffled them.                    
Russell

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