Only 10 jammers this week which was a little disappointing, but a good crowd to enjoy our guest Chris McSweeney.
House band: Chris McSweeney [gtr+vocals] / John Edmonds [gtr] / Alan Vincent [bass] and Reg Patten [drums]
The Roll Of Honour:
Delighted to have four vocalists, and we even had a drummer to give Reg a break. A big Coach & Horses welcome to newbie Gordon on bongos.
Chris opened the evening bang on 9:00 with some blues standards. He pushed the boat out on the final song with Ray Charles's "Hard Times", which I particularly enjoyed although I decided to let Chris do all the solos as it's a difficult chord progression to ad lib over.
There was time for Chris to return at the end for two more songs, finishing the evening with the Freddie King favourite "Tore Down". I was disappointed to break a string at the start of Chris's second set but decided to battle on with 5 strings and let Chris do all the solos. Many thanks to Chris and to Alan Vincent, who depped for Terry, for a very polished set.
Seven bands then entertained us, led by Simon Durham, Dave Richards, Jan Fielder and Martin Fieber.
Huge thanks to Chris Lafbury for taking photos, to Jan Fielder at the door, to Ernie for setting up the backline before we arrived and massive thanks to Ken Coates who helped me pack away all the gear at the end. Also thanks to Ken Cumberlidge for maintaining our C&H website.
Videos will be published to our C&H YouTube channel (below centre) later in the week, and Ernie's vids can be seen on his channel (below left).
Next week Vera and Terry will be back, and our special guest will be Nick Nichols on harp and vocals.
Thanks for supporting the jam, see you soon.
C+H Blues Jam
C+H Blues Jam