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Daily: July 6 - October 27

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden - Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA. Tel: 0191 478 1810. Screenings at intervals during the day. part of Akomfrah's exhibition Ballasts of Memory. Exhibition (daily) July 6 - October 27. 10:00am-6:00pm. Free.

Today Tuesday July 23

Afternoon

Jazz

Precarity John Akomfrah’s film (2017, 46 mins) about Buddy Bolden. See above.

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Jam Session - Black Swan Bar, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel. 0191 222 9882. 8:00pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood; Paul Grainger; Matt MacKellar.

Archipelago & J Frisco + Mark Williams Trio - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4661. 8:00pm. £9.90.

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

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Blind Pig Blues Club: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle - July 5


Struggle Buggy: Lee Bates (guitar, kazoo, vocals); Billy Newton (harmonica, vocals); Paul Summerson (bass guitar); Keith Smith (drums)
(Review by Russell)

The most authentic blues in town! That's the Blind Pig Blues Club's forthright claim and at the end of an evening featuring Struggle Buggy supported by Michael Littlefield's solo set those who were present would readily endorse it! 

Lee Bates and Billy Newton have worked together as a duo for a good few years and Struggle Buggy is their four-piece band comprising bassist Paul Summerson and drummer Keith Smith. The set list ranged from Blind Boy Fuller (I'm a Rattlesnakin' Daddy and Flyin' Airplane Blues) to Memphis Minnie (Kissing in the Dark) to Washboard Sam (I'm Gonna Keep My Hair Parted in the Middle). Bates, playing a National Steel, took the majority of the vocals with Newton singing Sonny Boy's Early in the Morning

Bates and Newton are students of the blues; musicians, labels, recording dates, all at their fingertips. The subject matter often dark, lyrical innuendo ever-present, yet Struggle Buggy's frontmen successfully engaged with the Prohibition Bar audience with their unfailing good humour as the rhythm section - Paul Summerson (bass) and, the model of restraint, Keith Smith (drums) - did what a good rhythm section should do - lay it down and keep it there, in-the-pocket. 

The Panic is On (Depression-era blues), Tampa Red's Black Hearted Woman, a Mess Around from the Memphis Jug Band (Bates blowing 1920s' kazoo) and Tear it Down (King David's Jug Band) with audience 'jazz hands' participation, this was authentic blues alright with a most welcome relaxed, inclusive approach courtesy of Bates, Newton and co..                 

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals)

Earlier, Michael Littlefield opened this month's Blind Pig Blues Club session with a solo (guitar/vocals) set. The King Bees' frontman is the 'real deal', as 'authentic' a musician as you could wish to hear. Guitar and voice, the young man has got it big style. The traditional (19th century?) Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor for openers, Robert Johnson's 32-20 BluesYou Got Me Dizzy from the Jimmy Reed songbook and a Nassau String Band cut (Bellamina), no less! Tyneside is lucky to have such an accomplished performer, Littlefield is the coming generation, make no mistake, fingers crossed he'll be around for years to come. 

Next month's Blind Pig presents, all the way from Edinburgh, Geriatric Jones and Kid Thomas. August 2nd, doors at eight, first set at nine. Admission free, but, but, but, do make a donation!    
Russell

1 comment :

Patti said...

This was a great blues night - Michael is the real deal - he can cross from Mississippi John Hurt to Robert Johnson seamlessly - singing and guitar styles. Gently melodic, to the raw emotion of RJ ...... this was it, in our very own Prohibition Bar!

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