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14250 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 469 of them this year alone and, so far, 69 this month (May 19).

From This Moment On ...

May.

Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).
Fri 20: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 20: Swing Bridge @ Garden House Coffee, Hallgate, Hexham. 4:05pm.
Fri 20: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 20: Customs House Big Band w Ruth Lambert @ Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm.
Fri 20: Andrea Vicari Trio @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. £12.00. Opus 4 Jazz Club. Vicari (piano), Andy Champion (double bass), Abbie Finn (drums).

Sat 21: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Market Place, Darlington. 11:00am - 3:00pm. All star line-up!
Sat 21: Elkie Brooks @ Whitley Bay Playhouse. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Jools Holland’s R & B Orchestra @ The Hippodrome, Darlington. 7:30pm.
Sat 21: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 22 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 22: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 22: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 22: Abstract Orchestra plays J Dilla @ Wylam Brewery, Newcastle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Sun 22: Panharmonia @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £10.00 adv., £12.00. door.

Mon 23: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Wed 25: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 25: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 25: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 25: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 26: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 26: Deep Pope + Garner & Pope @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm. £7.00.
Thu 26: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 26: Knats @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Jeremy McMurray & the Pocket Orchestra @ Arc, Stockton. 8:00pm.
Thu 26: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 26: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Thursday, November 04, 2021

The Washboard Resonators @ The Globe, Newcastle - Nov. 3

Martyn Roper (guitar, banjo, banjo ukulele, harmonica, kazoo, whistle, vocals); Jack Amblin (washboard, percussion, bells, bones, jug, kazoo, whistles, handcuffs*, tap board, vocals)

For the last few years Martyn Roper and Jack Amblin have toured up and down the land, abroad too, in pursuit of a long lost era of storytellers, troubadours, vaudevillians, whistling hobos and the like. This evening the Washboard Resonators pitched up at the Globe on Railway Street on the first night of a twelve date tour. The question arose: Who would our duo appeal to? The jazz fan? The vintage blues aficionado? The alt-country, old timey type?

Snappy dressers both, Roper and Amblin take their business seriously whilst at the same time having lots of good ol' hokum fun. Opening with Sweet Georgia Brown the signs were good. The Sreamlined Rag wooed the jazz fan, Down by the Riverside appealed to the righteous, Isn't This a Lovely Day to be Caught in the Rain? (from Top Hat) featuring Jack Amblin's vocals surely appealed to all. 

Resonator guitars are an arresting sight and when played well they sound great. In the hands of Roper they sound just that, great! Big, bold, loud, you could hear him comin' on down the line. Amblin strapped on his washboard and found time to bang, hit and blow sundry other things, juggling them all as if in a travelling circus. As the evening drew to a close, perhaps the question remained unanswered as to who the Washboard Resonators appeal to. Perhaps they've several constituencies, tailoring their set from town to town. Next time they're in town, go check 'em out. And 'next time' just happens to be next month at Bobik's (that's upstairs at the Punch Bowl on Jesmond Road) on Sunday 12th (3:30pm).                      
Don't ask! Russell

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