Blowtorching The Blues Away – 2017

Thank you to everybody attended a wonderful session on Friday. It was good to see another old friend returning in the form of John Conway, the man with sax appeal. His smooth jazzy, bluesy saxophone adorned many songs throughout the evening. John Pegram returned after a long absence and has clearly been practising as he produced two accomplished instrumentals, including Bear Creek Hop. We also had a unique raffle prize in the form of a blowtorch donated by Michael. Fortunately this did not lead to any undesirable accidents or acts of violence.

The legend that is Michael Shipman initiated proceedings by wrestling with Alberta. Later he got stuck into a Whisky Headed Woman. Finally, we persuaded him to sing a song. He was at it again later in the evening, getting his tongue around Frankie and Albert. Bob Long paid homage to Robert Johnson with Rambling and Kind Hearted Woman Blues. Pete Rudd played his normal fantastic harmonica as well as singing As the Years Go Passing By, It Hurts Me Too and one of his own compositions, Finish Off This Way.

Lorna sang the animal loving Memphis Minnie’s Black Cat Blues and a lovely version of The Great Divide. Tracy sang a couple of her beautiful compositions You Told Me That You Loved Me and Bad Boy Billy Blues. Carole sung Sway, a tribute to the best village in the forest( not really ,its a jazzy latin sort of song, not likely to have been inspired by the little nest of dwellings adjacent to Brockenhurst). Carole also sang a rather haunting Sand and Water. Bob Parks raised the roof with You’ll Be Mine and Blind Willie Johnstons You’re Gonna Need Somebody on Your Bond. Graham got the place rocking with the Willie Dixon classic, 29 Ways and Chuck Berry’s Promised Land. I contributed to advocating for the health of the nation with Bo Carter’s Cigarette Blues and I Want Some of Your Pie by Blind Boy Fuller, although some people suggested that these might not have been health warnings but about things somewhat ruder.  I don’t know. Some people have one track minds. Steve West roused the room with Knocking on Heaven’s Door.

There were, of course, other delights, including Lorna’s Come All You Fair and Tender Ladies and Steve and Carole’s Fair Annie before Bob sent us on our way with Key to the Highway.