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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.

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Bernicia Duo @ The Half Moon, Stakeford - January 1

Kenny Craig (tenor), Alex Heck (guitar).
What a fine way to usher in the new year. (OK 12hours late!) An excellent duo and a superb pint of Golden XPA.  Advertised and carried out as a 12noon to 3pm session this duo provided us with three action-filled three-quarters of an hour sets. A few friendships were renewed with the band & various musos in the bar, including Ashington guitarist/bandleader Mickey Balls. I had not realised that the Half Moon put on all styles of music on a regular basis. Something to look out for.

 Too many great numbers to mention them all. As I arrived there was a rainbow over the pub so Somewhere over the Rainbow went down well!  Many of the standards were covered including Fly Me to the Moon, Blue Bossa, Autumn Leaves and All of Me. Of special mention was a very soulful version of Autumn Leaves. A very polished and well thought out programme.

3pm came around all too quickly and the duo packed up the Transit. Off down the road  for a 6pm start at Gateshead with their main  band “The Chosen Few”
Alex Heck informed me he is on the Sunderland University music degree course at the Sage. He tells me that sadly the course is soon to come to an end. I'm sure these two fine performers will continue in successful music careers if their performance today was anything to go by.
John T.

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