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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Eddie Walker and Frank Porter Guitar Duo @ Dormans Jazz Club Middlesbrough - July 4

(Review by Ian Bosworth)

A new act for Dormans featured two stalwarts of the folk scene now turning their talents to jazz, Eddie Walker and Frank Porter.

Both playing guitar with Eddie doing most of the vocals the duo played a number of Fred Astaire songs, beginning with "Isn't This a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain?" and including "The Continental", "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails", and "Puttin' on the Ritz".

As well as the jazz influenced tunes this talented duo included some of the early blues and ragtime songs," Key to the Highway", "Diddy Wha Diddy", "West Coast Blues", "Calliope Rag", and "Baby it Must be Love" penned  by the great Blind Willie McTell.

"San Antonio Rose" heralded a couple of country influenced numbers by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys , the other being "Can't Go On This Way".

"Ragtime Cowboy Joe", "Red Shoes on My Feet", and "Ragtime Millionaire"  brought a welcome humorous element to the evening.

With plenty of interesting anecdotes between numbers, both Eddie and Frank kept a sizeable audience well entertained for nearly two hours.

As usual, thanks to Dormans Club for their continued support.
 Ian Bosworth

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