Bottleneck Blues Club

Many thanks to those who came to see Sam Kelly’s Station House.

Of all of the incarnations of Sam’s band this was, in my opinion, the best so far. The band was augmented by a deputising vocalist, Val from Bad Influence, who was so good we will be looking to book her band in 2019. Paul Jobson (keyboards) also displayed some considerable vocal talent, which has developed over the years. Other than that, the band gelled so well and presented such a warm and comfortable atmosphere, which quickly spread to the audience, infecting everyone. The mix of styles was perfect, ranging from a piano based 'Leon Russell' type Delta sound, through traditional blues, funk and soul, with the set including material from their latest CD recorded in France. Superb musicianship displayed by the whole band, as would be expected from any of Sam’s projects and many thanks to them for putting on such a great show.

No show this month, however, we are back on Tuesday 25th September with another fabulous band on tour from Austin, Texas, James and Black. Sam Kelly will also be drumming for them, while on tour, so will be a sort of fixture for us in 2018 (4 shows), however, what a great fixture to have, we are indeed honoured!

For those that haven’t so far attended, the new venue is the St. George Hotel. If you drive past with the Roffen on your left, the venue is a couple of hundred yards up New Road, on the left. There is on-site parking both on the roof, accessed from the front and in the basement at the rear, although you can find plenty of on-street parking within a short walk. Parking in one of the car parks requires (immediate) registration in the venue, available on panels both in the lobby and in the performance room itself. The website address is: www.george-hotel.co.uk

The venue is the St. George Hotel. If you drive past with the Roffen on your left, the venue is a couple of hundred yards up New Road, on the left. There is on-site parking both on the roof, accessed from the front and in the basement at the rear, although you can find plenty of on-street parking within a short walk. Parking in one of the car parks requires (immediate) registration in the venue, available on panels both in the lobby and in the performance room itself. The website address is: www.george-hotel.co.uk Please enter the venue via the main front door and make your way down to the Stanley Ballroom. Tickets £12.00, pay on the door.

Doors open 7.30pm, band on stage 8.45pm. Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table if required.

So, that’s James and Black appearing on Tuesday 25th September.

Please do support.

Richard Dobney