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Saturday 15: Anth Purdy - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8:00pm. Free (donations). Purdy’s solo ‘Swing Jazz Guitar’ show. Limited capacity.

Thursday 20: Vieux Carre Jazzmen - The Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone, North Tyneside NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Maine St. Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, 27 Sunniside Rd., Gateshead NE16 5NA. 8:30pm.

Friday 21: Lindsay Hannon - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9:00pm. Free (donations). Limited capacity.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Michael Littlefield & Dominic Hornsby @ Prohibition Bar - Mar 6

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Dominic Hornsby (piano, vocals)
(Review by Russell)

It was all rather last minute. King Bees' harmonica demon Scott Taylor was under the weather and at short notice the band cancelled its Blind Pig Blues Club gig with Michael Littlefield stepping into the breach to play a set in the company of band mate, pianist Dominic Hornsby. 

A piano boogie for starters which, off the top of his head, Littlefield decided should be called Dom's Boogie. It had all the makings of a serendipitous occasion. Jimmy Rogers, Otis Rush, Freddie King, Jimmy Reed, it doesn't get any better than this if you're a fan of the blues, especially a fan of the great fifties' Chicago blues scene. 

Littlefield summoned the sound and style of the guitar greats at will - That's All Right (Rogers), Sit Down Baby (Rush), Hideaway (King) and You Got Me Dizzy (Reed) - singing on most of the numbers. If 'authentic' vocals is an important factor in your blues' listening then Littlefield is your man. Piano man Hornsby sat at Prohibition Bar's newly tuned upright rattling the 88s, taking an occasional vocal himself including a fixture in the King Bees' set, Kansas City

Any disappointment over the non-appearance of the King Bees was soon forgotten as Littlefield and Hornsby played non-stop for the best part of two hours. It was a pull-up-a-chair kind of gig in a busy city centre juke joint with (unobtrusive) dancing couples contributing to the ambience. It had been a memorable night down at the Prohibition Bar.           
Russell

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