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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 25: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Bywell Hall, Stocksfield. 2:30pm.
Sat 25: Baghdaddies @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Northern Monkey Brass Band @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 4:30pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sat 25: Paul Edis Trio w. Bruce Adams & Alan Barnes @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:30pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sat 25: Nubiyan Twist @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Sat 25: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 11:00am. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Saturday, June 03, 2023

Guy Davis @ The Cluny, Newcastle - June 2

Guy Davis (guitar, banjo, vocals)

Blues on a summer's evening down in the Ouseburn. It had been some fifteen years since Guy Davis was last in town. Thanks to the efforts of Jumpin' Hot Club and Rob Heron, the American troubadour took to the stage in Cluny 2 in front of a full house. Opening with Limetown, Davis was in good voice and fine fettle. The rapturous reception which followed told Davis all he needed to know, the Ouseburn blues crowd was most definitely 'onside'.

The traditional blues Baby, Please Don't Go, first popularised by Big Joe Williams back in the thirties, Wille Dixon's SpoonfulMy Eyes Keep Me in Trouble, as performed by Muddy Waters, Davis played and sang the blues alright, but there was more to the man, much more. Coming from a folk-blues background, Davis knew and worked with the Seegers, Bob Dylan figured - Just Like a WomanLay, Lady Lay - as did a whole lot of Davis originals. Vocals, conducting the choir (the onside audience), the guitar-picking, banjo-playing Davis had them in the palm of his hand.

A story teller, Davis told some stories. From the fun Shakey Pudding to the downright serious Palestine, Oh Palestine, Davis had something to say and no one was going to stop him. A couple of numbers playing banjo, lots of guitar and vocals, it was fully ninety minutes later when the Cluny blues crowd reluctantly let him leave the stage.      

Earlier, the duo of Michael Littlefield and Scott Taylor opened the show.          

Michael Littlefield (guitar, vocals); Scott Taylor (harmonica, vocals)

The last time the King Bees' frontmen played Cluny 2 it was in support to Cedric Burnside. The boys apologised for being a few minutes late, they'd been enjoying a beer in the sun (King Bees are a self-proclaimed 'drinking band'. I'll drink to that!). Their casual demeanour belies a feeling, a real feeling, for the blues. Two local lads, if you didn't know who they were, you could be forgiven for thinking they'd just flown in from Chicago. Blues heroes and legends featured throughout their set: John Brim, Big Bill Broonzy, Washboard Sam, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson.

Their shared vocals were right on the money, Littlefield's guitar playing right out of the blues guitar handbook, Taylor's harmonica playing would see him survive in Chicago's South Side blues clubs. Thanks again to Jumpin' Hot Club. Russell      

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