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SEPTEMBER

IT IS ADVISABLE TO CHECK IN ADVANCE WITH THE VENUE THAT THE GIG IS ON

THURSDAY 24

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

Abbie Finn Trio - Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 3HD. Tel: 0191 284 3700. 7:30pm. Donations on the night. To book a table (max four people from one household/support bubble) visit: www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk.

Maine St Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Sunniside Road, Sunniside NE16 5NA. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:00pm - 10pm. Free. Note earlier start/finish.

FRIDAY 25

SouLutions Sistas - Hoochie Coochie, Pilgrim St., Newcastle NE1 6SF. Tel: 0191 222 0130. 8:30pm (7:00pm doors). £10.00. SOLD OUT!

SATURDAY 26

Boys of Brass - Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle NE6 2AB. Tel: 0191 265 2828. 7:00pm. £10.00. + £1.37 bf for table for two. Other packages available. See www.tynebankbrewery.co.uk.

SUNDAY 27

Vieux Carre Hot 4 - Spanish City, Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay NE26 1BG. 12 noon. Tel: 0191 691 7090. Free.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

King Bees @ Prohibition Bar - September 4

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, vocals); Dominic Hornsby (piano, vocals) 

Six months! We hadn't heard these guys in six long months. King Bees hold down a residency here at Prohibition Bar and with the easing of lockdown restrictions it was time to get the best blues band in town back on stage. Social distancing guidelines determined only three fifths of the band could appear in semi-acoustic form. Audience numbers are currently limited to seventeen people, all seated, no standing at the bar. Seats bagged, a first bottle of Prohibition Bar's Pale Ale ordered (a good few more would follow), the boys would take to the stage in about ninety minutes.

Imagine you're in Chicago, c 1953. Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, Big Bill, Muddy, Jimmy Reed...King Bees. Yes, Tyneside's finest could/would have taken their place alongside the greats of the time and here they were in these Covid-19 times, 2020. Michael Littlefield and Scott Taylor seated behind a perspex screen, Dominic Hornsby let loose at the upright, these guys are the real deal! JukeThat's AlrightSit Down, Baby, the opening three numbers performed with panache, swagger and verve. Close your eyes, you're on the South Side, Chicago circa '53.

Littlefield, guitar, Taylor, harmonica, play the blues as you imagine it would have been in some two-bit juke joint down the turnpike. Spine-tingling vocals, killer harp, and then there's Hornsby rattling Prohibition Bar's upright. Oh, to hear a real piano being given the treatment, this is why we go down the Pink Lane turnpike! 

Jimmy Rogers (Walking by Myself), Sonny Boy (Keep it to Yourself), Jimmy Reed (You Got Me Dizzy), Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Otis Rush, James Cotton, Littlefield, Taylor, Hornsby...It was gettin' late. Harmonica ace Taylor said it was time for some real blues. Ain't it great when one of the musicians calls for some serious playing?! Taylor, a la George 'Harmonica' Smith, pleaded down the line, Telephone Blues. Yes, it was gettin' late, about a quarter to twelve (as Little Walter told us all about). The boys like their blues, they like their beer, we were headin' into the early hours when the 'management' politely reminded the house that the entertainment should cease by midnight. It had been six long months. Had it been worth the wait? You bet! Next time be sure to check 'em out. King Bees are the business!  
Russell    

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