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The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.
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Postage

14378 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 597 of them this year alone and, so far, 2 this month (July 2).

From This Moment On ...

July

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 06: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 06: Michael Bublé @ Durham County Cricket Club, Chester le Street. Doors: 5:00pm.
Wed 06: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 06: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 06: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 07: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 07: Lara Jones + Echo Juliet @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 07: Thursday Night Prayer Meeting @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free admission (donations).
Thu 07: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 07: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 08: Alex Clarke Quartet @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm. £7.00.
Fri 08: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 08: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 08: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sat 09: Jazz Stage @ Mouth of the Tyne Festival: Zoë Gilby Duo (12 noon); Vieux Carré Jazzmen (1:35pm); Harmony Brass (3:10pm); Ruth Lambert Quartet (4:40pm). Outdoor stage adjacent to Tynemouth Priory.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Album review: Roly Veitch - Geordie Odyssey

Roly Veitch (vocals, guitar, banjo, ukulele); James Birkett (guitar); Stewart Hardy (fiddle)

For many years Roly Veitch has been at the helm of Blaydon Jazz Club, occasionally leading or co-leading a band, sometimes sitting in at the behest of the musicians on stage. More often than not, Roly is content to sit back and listen to his many musician friends, invariably performing a Great American Songbook set. However, there is another string to his guitar... 

An interest in local history, dialect and the area's rich musical heritage has led Roly to record several albums focusing on the songwriters, performers and their often world famous compositions. Occasional concert performances, notably in the company of fellow jazz guitarist James Birkett* - the Blaydon Aces - have met with geat acclaim by capacity audiences throughout the region.

Geordie Odyssey is Roly's latest volume of Geordie songs. Twenty tracks spanning some forty minutes playing time, Dr Birkett is heard on three tracks and folk fiddler Stewart Hardy contributes to two selections. Time and place, and the characters inhabiting them, the material is afforded a gentle treatment, simplicity the order of the day, allowing the songs, the stories, to speak for themselves. Listening to the opening Billy Boy to the closing Blaydon Races will bring a smile to your face and, if you know the songs, you won't be able to resist singing along. 

Roly double-tracks guitar on some of the songs and the use of banjo and ukulele is highly effective. Written two centuries ago, John Leonard's Winlaton Hopping is all about Roly's home patch, and Stewart Hardy contributes fine fiddle on this track. The Lambton Worm is likely to be known to the non-Geordie, similarly Bobby Shaftoe, and if you don't tap your feet to Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinny ask someone to take your pulse! 

Neil Harland mixed and mastered the album, Dave Kerr is the man responsible for the artwork and the photography is by Mr. R. Veitch. 

It isn't jazz, but if you want to hear some Geordie songs sung as they should be sung, take a look at Roly's website and place your order. -.

In concert, Yorkshireman (and Honourary Geordie) James Birkett often looks amused/bemused as Roly sings the songs. Wye, howay man!  
Russell

1 comment :

ricky g said...

Another gem from Roly singing in his inimitable gentle singing style just what we need in these covid stressful times.
Relaxing and humour as well thoroughly recommended.

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