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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


15491 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 15 years ago. 512 of them this year alone and, so far, 133 this month (May 31).

From This Moment On ...

Tue 06: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Hallgarth St., Durham DH1 3AT. 7:00pm. Paul Skerritt's (solo) weekly residency.
Tue 06: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle Arts Centre. 7:30pm. House trio: Stu Collingwood (piano); Paul Grainger (double bass); Sid White (drums).

Wed 07: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 07: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 07: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 07: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 08: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free. CANCELLED! BACK ON JUNE 15.
Thu 08: Easington Colliery Brass Band @ The Lubetkin Theatre, Peterlee. 7:00pm. £10.00.
Thu 08: Faye MacCalman + Blue Dust Archive @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Dilutey Juice + Ceramic @ The Ampitheatre, Sea Road, South Shields. 7:00pm. Free. A South Tyneside Festival event.
Thu 08: Lara Jones w. Vigilance State @ Lubber Fiend, Blandford Square, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 08: Michael Littlefield @ the Harbour View, Roker, Sunderland. 8:00pm. Free. Country blues.
Thu 08: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman's Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.

Fri 09: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 09: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 09: Castillo Nuevo @ Revolución de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Fri 09: Emma Rawicz @ Sage Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 10: Miners' Picnic @ Woodhorn, Ashington. Music inc. Northern Monkey Brass Band (3:00-3:50pm); New York Brass Band (4:00-4:55pm).
Sat 10: Front Porch Three @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:00pm. Free. Americana, blues, jazz etc.
Sat 10: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A 'Jar on the Bar' gig.

Sun 11: WORKSHOP: Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Workshop @ JG Windows, Newcastle. Time TBC. Further details tel. 0191 232 1356.
Sun 11: Jeremy McMurray's Pocket Jazz Orchestra @ Ropner Park, Stockton TS18 4EF. 2:00-4:00pm. Free.
Sun 11: Am Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 11: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 11: Groovetrain @ Innisfree Sports & Social Club, Longbenton NE12 8TY. Doors 6:30pm. £15.00 (£7.00. under 16).
Sun 11: Jeffrey Hewer Collective @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 12: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, May 30, 2022

Cedric Burnside @ The Cluny - May 29

Cedric Burnside (vocals, guitars); Artemas LeSueur (drums)

Cedric Burnside first appeared in Newcastle in February 2019, since when the world has changed somewhat with lives being put on hold, waiting out an unimagined pandemic. Now, post-lockdown, if not post-pandemic, Burnside, born in Tennessee, raised in Mississippi, is back on the road touring his latest album, I Be Trying. The Cluny gave Burnside and award-winning drummer Artemas LeSueur a warm welcome, Burnside beginning the set with several fretless six-string acoustic guitar/vocal numbers, in due course he would be joined on stage by his fellow American.

The world can be so cold could be words written about the global pandemic, whatever, the cut from Burnside's Grammy-winning album I Be Trying opened the set. Robust finger style guitar playing - Burnside must have hands of steel! - allied to no nonsense Mississippi hill country vocals reverberated from the stage, the largely standing audience into it from the off. On his previous visit to Newcastle tracks from Burnside's Benton County Relic album featured in the set and did so again this evening, Hard to Stay Cool one of them.  

Four or five numbers in, Burnside stopped suddenly, saying he couldn't find the right chord on his fretless. Rather than continue, he changed to the first of two electric guitars he had with him, in the process, introducing drummer Artemas LeSueur. From the age of ten LeSueur played drums in the Tabernacle of Prayer Church, Holly Springs, Mississippi. The recipient of an award bestowed upon him by the Clarksdale Drummers Association, LeSueur quickly demonstrated his chops, no mere timekeeper is our Mississippian!

Burnside and LeSueur knew the late Junior Kimbrough and in one of several personal anecdotes, Burnside recalled the much-missed blues guitarist (Burnside's father, drummer Calvin Jackson worked and recorded with Kimbrough), his  easy rapport with the Newcastle audience no doubt winning him many more fans. Love is the Key and many more 'front porch' hill country numbers were delivered in searing electric blues guitar style; rhythmic, pulsating, irregular meter, stylistically a tip of the hat to many of the long gone giants of the music. 

Cedric Burnside's British tour continues this evening (Monday 30) in Glasgow, Tuesday in Manchester, and on Thursday (June 2) Burnside and LeSueur can be heard at Ronnie Scott's. Russell                                    

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