BRITISH BLUES ARCHIVE

Regional Information

 

The archive will have reps around the country reporting on the local blues scene. This page will list the areas represented and the contact details for the local rep.


REGIONAL REPS & INFORMATION

Bedfordshire

Pete Savage

bedshertsbluesarchive@yahoo.co.uk

 

Berkshire

Valda Bowness

Valdab@sky.com

 

 

Essex

Stevie King

britbluesarchive@btinternet.com

Blues in Essex:

The New Crawdaddy Club www.newcrawdaddyclub.co.uk/ operates every Friday at BILLERICAY TOWN FC New Lodge, Blunts Wall Road Billericay , Essex. CM12 9SA. Comfortable seating, cheap and well-stocked bar, national and international headline acts, The Heaters act as resident support band.   Doors open at 8pm, ticket prices around a tenner and upwards. Call 01702 347007 for info.

Blues At The Farm has closed and been re-opened as Blues At Barleylands.  The venue is still Barleylands Sports and Leisure Club Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UF and the gigs still run on Saturday afternoons- doors open at 1pm music starts around 2pm 'till around 4:30/5pm, charging £7 on the door only. http://bluesatthefarm.net/ Reached by the 100 Bus, running every 15 mins or so from Billericay Station.

The Hot Hob Blues Jam www.facebook.com/hothobjam   operates every Tuesday evening  from
The Seaxe Bar at the Essex Arms, Warley Hill, CM14 5HA just behind Brentwood Station.  £1
Jammers, £2 Listeners, resident 'Hot Hob Trio' open, or back fortnightly guest performers. 
Recent renovations at the pub have done nothing for comfort or acoustics but the jam remains
well-supported, and there's usually a decent beer on.

Tim Aves of Wolfpack and Automatic Slim hosts a Sunday night show "The Blues Is Back" on Saint FM in Burnham On Crouch at 94.7 FM or online featuring music, news, interviews and live sessions.

Ashwyn Smyth hosts a Blues radio show every Wednesday between 9 and 11 pm.  Listen at Gateway 97.8FM or online at www.gateway978.com   The shows are available as podcasts from www.digitalblues.co.uk which also features reviews and information on upcoming Essex Blues gigs.

 

Hertfordshire

Pete Savage


Lancashire

Rosy Greer

lancsbluesarchive@hotmail.co.uk

Facebook 'Rosy Greer'

Facebook 'Lancashire Blues Archive'


 

Useful websites for information on what is happening in the North West of England - Lancashire and surrounding area

Good websites for up to date information on gigs and jam sessions in the North West

The NWB covers all genres of music, but highlights specific blues, blues/rock or acoustic. Blues in the NW gives reviews on bands and provides a comprehensive gig guide for blues based bands and artists

http://nwb.co/gigguide

http://www.bluesinthenorthwest.com

http://www.gig-guide.co.uk/gigs/browse_that_gig.php/Lancashire/41/3/

http://www.gig-guide.co.uk/bl.php/music_venues/lancashire/41/1

 

Pubs, Clubs and Venues that host blues events in Lancashire and surrounding area:

Chorley …BJ's Blues Club.

Hop Pocket, Carr Lane, Chorley, PR7 3JU

Every Thursday evening from 9.30 pm. Free admission.

A busy club so get there early. Different bands every week, with a variety of blues genre.

http://earlyblues.com/BJs%20Blues%20Club.htm

 

Blackburn …. King Georges Hall.

Northgate Blackburn BB2 1AA
0844 847 1664.

Hosts occasional blues events, including the Blackburn Blues Festival

http://www.kinggeorgeshall.com/whatson/music.html

 

Bolton …Ye Olde Man & Scythe.

6-8 Churchgate Bolton, BL1 1HL
07813 209899 or email: john.jewitt@btconnect.com

Hosts live music, with occasional blues evenings…website difficult to follow.

www.yeoldemanandscythe .com/

 

Bury …. The Met.

Market Street, Bury, BL9 0BW

0161 761 2216.

Hosts regular blues events throughout the year.

http://themet.biz/artform/blues/

 

Fleetwood … The Stairwell.

The Prince Arthur, 46-48 Lord Street, Fleetwood , FY7 6DT.

01253 872127 or email: thepastairwell@gmail.com

Hosts some blues evenings, a new & exciting live music venue held in the heart of Fleetwood. Showcasing a range of talented, innovative and established acts both acoustic and electric. Events are held weekly from 9pm on a Friday night with free entry and free street parking. A cheap and decent pint with a good sound system for the band and a friendly atmosphere.

www.facebook.com/thepastairwell

 

Lancaster …. The Robert Gillow

64 Market Street Lancaster LA1 1HP

01524 36092

Lancaster's Leading Live Music Pub! The Robert Gillow also offer a good afternoon of blues music on a Sunday. This is where you will find Lancashire's finest blues musicians. Starting at 5pm until about 8pm, if you like blues music or even play a little join the jamming session. All musicians welcome whether you play a wash board, guitar, mouth organ, banjo, mandolin or the spoons!

http://www.pubfoodlancaster.co.uk/page/live_blues

 

Manchester …. Manchester Academy 3

Manchester University Union, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PR

0161 275 4278

Small all-standing general live music venue , but does have occasional blues based artists. Voted 3rd best venue in the country in the latest NME readers poll.

www.manchesteracademy.net/

 

Manchester … Band on the Wall

25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JZ,

0161 834 1786 or email: info@bandonthewall.org

A lively venue hosting general live music with occasional blued based artists and events.

http://bandonthewall.org/events/

 

Manchester … Matt & Phreds

64 Tib Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 1LW

Office 0161 839 7187, Club 0161 831 7002 or e-mail: club@mattandphreds.com

Primarily a Jazz Club, but every 1st Monday of the month they hold a popular Blues Jam. The resident band will jam the night away with players of any standard, so bring your guitars, mouth organs, sticks or vocal chords and play the blues. All comers welcome.

http://www.mattandphreds.com/diary/blues-jam-2

 

Manchester … Sideways Saloon

Odder Bar, 14 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 5QA

0161 238 9132

Mixed bag of events, with some blues based.

http://oddbar.co.uk/odder/

 

Newton le Willows …..True Blues

Earlestown Conservative Club, 17/19 Earle Street, Newton le Willows, WA12 9LW.
07917268648 or email: grahamswoodhouse@gmail.com

07739399555 or email: odonnells1@sky.com

A real Blues Club held on Friday evenings. Tickets on the door at £10.00

http://truebluesclub.com/

Preston ... The Fishwick Ramblers

DR BOB'S BLUES NIGHT @ THE FISHWICK RAMBLERS,

MORNINGTON RD, PRESTON. PR1 4UL.

Phone: 01772 794057

Website: http://www.facebook.com/DrBobsBluesNight

A monthly free entry blues night.  

London

Peter Harvie

 

britbluesarchive@btinternet.com

Facebook: 'British Blues Archive'

OVERVIEW OF BLUES IN LONDON

Blues is incredibly popular in London, with well known musicians and

bands playing regularly at the many top venues. I have registered with the

main promoters and venues, to keep informed on who is coming to London.

London also has many blues clubs, many blues jams and many pubs where

the blues is played and that is where you mostly find me. If you are visting

London for a day or two, or live in London and want to know where the

blues clubs, jams and pubs are there is a website which will give you the

information you need, this is:

'Blues in London'

http://www.bluesinlondon.com/index.html

also you can join

LondonBluesJams@yahoogroups.com

to keep up to date with what's happening in the blues jams in London

http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/LondonBluesJams/

Also, 'Blues in Britain' magazine is always worth referring to, for gigs and

articles on blues

http://www.bluesinbritain.org/

There are also many London publications, such as 'Time Out' which list

blues events, but I always start with 'Blues in London' and

'LondonBluesJams',

I find I can get my fill of blues that way .

 

Norfolk

Lauren Dove and Mike 'Boweevil' Howes

norfolkbluesarchive@yahoo.co.uk

Facebook 'Norfolk Blues Archive'

this Facebook page gives up to date information on blues in Norfork, it has

all you need, put together by blues singer Lauren and blues guitarist 'Bo'.

They really know about the blues in Norfolk, 'England's Delta' as Lauren

calls it.


Somerset

Sandy Beamson

somersetbluesarchive@yahoo.com

 

South Wales

Liz Aiken

swalesbritishblues@gmail.com

Facebook: 'Liz Aiken'

 

Suffolk

Lou Soer

suffolkbluesarchive@gmail.com

Facebook: 'Lou Soer'

 

Sussex

Sarah Reeve

sarahsblues@hotmail.com

 

Facebook page:  Sussex Blues Archive   will give you up to date information on Blues events in Sussex.

There is a monthly gig list which is updated throughout the month as more gigs appear, a list of Blues playing venues in Sussex, adverts for big names in the Blues world who are coming to Sussex, links to popular Sussex bands and artists facebook pages and photos and videos taken at gigs in our area.

We have one main Blues Festival in Sussex - the award winning 'Blues On The Farm' - at Pump Bottom Farm in Chichester. It was postponed from July because of the weather and is now scheduled for September 7th, 8th and 9th.

www.bluesonthefarm.co.uk  

 

 

INFORMATION FOR REGIONAL REPS:

Reps put together blues information on their area so that people in the area and bands and others passing through will know where to go and who to look out for. Mostly your information will be used without people contacting you but you may get bands asking you about local venues. In the few months the website has been up there has been over 1,000 hits so your information will be seen by many. It would be great if you write a general overview of the blues scene in your area and I'll put it on the website

 

 

 

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