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13683 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 1402 of them this year alone and, so far, 18 this month (Dec.5).

From This Moment On ...

December

Wed 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 08: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 8:00pm. Concert performance. Free admission.
Wed 08: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00-9:30pm. In the bar.
Wed 08: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Wed 08: Durham Uni Big Band + Durham Uni Jazz Soc Big Band @ Durham University Students' Union. 8:00pm.

Thu 09: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Thu 09: Hot Club du Nord, Lubetkin Theatre, East Durham College, Peterlee. 7:00pm (doors). £10.00. + bf.
Thu 09: TBC + Knats @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00. (£10.00. inc food).
Thu 09: Indigo Jazz Voices @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.
Thu 09: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 09: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 10: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon. £22.00. Xmas lunch. Tel: 0191 691 7090.
Fri 10: Zoë Gilby Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 10: Secret Night Gang @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Fri 10: Jack Logan (replacement for Alter Ego) @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sat 11: Paul Skerritt @ Newcastle Central Station. 11:00am. On the concourse.
Sat 11: Life Drawing & Live Jazz @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 2:00-4:00pm. Lindsay Hannon & Martin Douglas. Book via: www.cobaltstudios.co.uk.
Sat 11: Boys of Brass @ Branding Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 12 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 12: Musicians Unlimited @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 1:00pm.
Sun 12: Hot Club du Nord @ Hurworth Grange. 2:30pm. Festive Special! SOLD OUT!
Sun 12: Glenn Miller Orchestra UK @ Stockton Globe. 3:00pm. Ray McVay & co.
Sun 12: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 12: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm.
Sun 12: Sue Ferris Quintet (Musicians Unlimited’s Xmas Party) @ South Durham Social Club, Hartlepool. 4:00pm. Tickets: £6.00.
Sun 12: Jason Isaacs Big Band @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 5:00pm.
Sun 12: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 7:00pm.
Sun 12: Larry’s Brass Band @ The Vigilant Inn, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. Brass band playing Xmas tunes!
Sun 12: corto.alto @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 12: Under the Surface @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 13: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 13: 6th Street Swing w Calvert & the Old Fools @ St Thomas Aquinas’ Church, Darlington. 7:00pm. £5.00. Swing dance (‘social dancing’) night.
Mon 13: Stuart Fowler Quintet plays Art Blakey’s album Moanin’ + jam session @ Central Bar, Gateshead. 7:30pm. £5.00.

Tue 14: Harry Keeble & Friends @ Forum Music Centre, Darlington. 7:30pm. Keeble (tenor sax); Dean Stockdale (keyboards); Paul Grainger (bass); John Bradford (drums).

Monday, November 22, 2021

Grand Ole Opry @ The Globe: Bradley Creswick's Western Swingfonia - Nov. 21

Bradley Creswick, Kyra Humphreys (fiddles); Pat Rafferty (accordion, lap steel guitar, vocals); Brian Hume (guitar, vocals); Irene Hume (vocals, shakers); Dave Harris (guitar); Archie Brown (snare drum, guitar, vocals); Ian Thompson (bass).

Question: What do the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Young Bucks, Prelude, Lindisfarne and Emma Fisk's Hot Club du Nord have in common?

Answer: They all have members, past and present, represented in tonight's band.*

This was a new departure for the Globe's Sunday night sessions. Buddy Rich may have been turning in his grave after the recurrence of his much publicised allergy but none of the living were complaining - certainly not those who'd been sardined into the room - it would have required a shoehorn to get any more in!

Western Swing - the name goes close to defining it - can be described as jazz meets country meets blues. It crosses the border to Mexico bringing in polkas played to a Latin beat and tonight we had all of that - in other words, Americana.

The fiddles were on fire particularly on the Mexican polka where presto was but the starting point. On Take me Back to Tulsa they hit double prestissimo which is even faster than a government u-turn. Kyra really went to town on Maiden's Prayer.

The Humes sang most of the vocals which were, in general and speaking in the vernacular, hurtin' songs. Irene impressed in her solos and in her choice of harmony to hubby Brian's vocals.

Rafferty played accordion, lap steel and sang, as well as providing vital info about the repertoire much of which was based around such legends of the genre as Bob Wills and Spade Cooley.

Archie Brown was unobtrusive on snare drum and brushes although he did grab a piece of the action with a vocal on The Honky Tonk Side of Town.

Dave Harris's solos were the jazziest but they slotted in perfectly proving that the two genres aren't that far apart.

A most enjoyable, albeit different, Sunday Night @ the Globe - Lance

Rose of San Antone; Break Up, Break Down; Corrina, Corrina; A Mexican Polka (?); Tennessee Border; Careless Love; The Honky Tonk Side of Town; Horsehair Boogie; Miss Molly; Carmen's Boogie; A Faded Love; Blues Stay Away From Me; Steel Guitar Boogie; Eat at Joe's; Callin' it a Day Tonight; Maiden's Prayer; Three Way Boogie; Take me Back to Tulsa; Route 66; Black Mountain Rag.  

*Creswick and Humphreys are, respectively, past and present leaders of the RNS. Rafferty and Brown, original members of the Young Bucks, are currently with the New Young Bucks.
Husband and Wife, Brian and Irene Hume, had chart success both here and in the US as part of harmony group Prelude.
Dave Harris is highly regarded on the gypsy jazz scene.
Ian Thompson was depping but his credentials as part of Lindisfarne are beyond question!

2 comments :

NeilC said...

What a great gig I came to the party later after tickets had sold out so had to console myself with a livestream pass but it didn't really detract from the sheer enjoyment . I have no idea how many people were in the audience nor can I understand why their enjoyment seemed rather muted. The band deserved more vocal support from the audience rather than what seemed polite applause .

Anonymous said...

I was disappointed. The sound balance on the live stream was poor - fiddles way too loud, lap steel too quiet, as was the electric guitar. They were all better on the Spade Cooley tunes as his numbers always had a slightly more polished sound compared with Bob Wills. It's was always clear that fiddlers were classical players though - too much technique (not to suggest that Wills or Cooley lacked technique). The vocals really needed someone who was much more of a crooner - have a listen to Tommy Duncan singing on San Antonio Rose or Take Me Back To Tulsa and you'll hear it. Rout 66 was their best number I thought - they certainly were better in the second half.

The most interesting thing about Spade Colley didn't get told - for some reason we was let out of prison to play a gig and at the end of it he drop dead back stage.

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