"It's never dull at the Coach & Horses" is a phrase I often hear. This week was certainly the case with an interesting mix of tunes and personalities - plus a few surprises! But no surprise to see and hear our houseband guest Conrad Di Ianni putting in yet another super performance with a more traditional selection of Blues numbers, beginning with the instrumental "Stepping Out". This was quickly followed up with quite a pacy version of "Rambling On My Mind" featuring some slide-guitar from Conrad. Next came "Key To The Highway" - and nicely played too. I cannot remember Conrad ever playing a slow Blues, but he made a good choice by giving us a great rendition of "Have You Ever Loved A Woman" which took up about 8 minutes but very enjoyable nevertheless!
The last time Conrad appeared at the C&H as a Jammer he brought along a fabulous female vocalist named Chelsea, so it was a special bonus to see him invite her on stage with the houseband to sing Etta James' "At Last" - and what a great voice she has, too! Chelsea's second choice of numbers was The Shirelles' "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" which had Conrad and the Houseband frantically checking out the chords just prior to the opening set - O.K, maybe not Blues, but it did give us the pleasure of hearing that fabulous voice she possesses.
With just 11 Jammers here this week we were very confident of being able to invite Conrad back on stage at the end of the night. This we managed to do with ease with "Crossroads" & "Long Tall Sally" being the final numbers of the night. Our thanks to Conrad Di Ianni for a superb performance and for bringing along Chelsea, we would very much love to see you both back here again!
Unusually for me, not only did I manage to get through both houseband sets without my wrists dropping off, I also had the pleasure of playing on two jam sets. My first jam set was with Simon Durham, Reg Patten and MC John Edmonds and included another non-Blues number, George Harrison's "Something". I'm still amazed that I remembered it - well, most of it! My second jam set was with my Customtones band-leader Martin Fieber, with Chris Greene playing guitar. But it was a great surprise to see Jack Drury here this week who is still nursing a heavily bandaged thumb which meant guitar-playing was off limits. So I was delighted to see him playing drums on Martin's set - and what a nice surprise to hear Martin play another one of his signature tunes: "A Speck Of Dust On My Datsun" - he should've upgraded to "Nissan" by now!
It's been a long time since I heard Gary Moore's "As The Years Go Passing By". This was featured in MC John Edmonds' jam set with Ray Miller, Chris Lafbury, Bryan Wall and newcomer Bo playing harp - nice one, John! Yet another nice surprise was to see Jimmy Gaynor here again this week. Despite some of our audience's pleas to play "Whole Lotta Love" he opted to play one of his self-penned numbers "Sad Guitar" - a favourite of mine too, I have to say.
Our thanks to all of our Jammers. Let's call...
The Roll Of Honour:
Video footage can be seen on Ernie King's "slomo947" YouTube channel (below left) and on the Coach & Horses YouTube channel (below centre). A selection of mp3 tracks is already in the player. Much appreciation to Ernie King for placing all the equipment on stage before my arrival - thanks a million, Ernie! Special thanks to Chris Lafbury for taking some fabulous photos this week plus thanks to Vera for taking a few photos while Chris was playing bass on his two jam-sets.
Our houseband guest next week will be vocalist/harp-player Mark Sibley who I'm sure will be giving us some excellent entertainment. I'll be taking a break from playing bass, so Mark's bass-player Mark Fairey will be stepping in for me.
Something For The Weekend:
A busy weekend at The Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP. On Saturday 22nd July from 3pm until 6pm, Davide Sanna will be guesting with Ronnie Collins' Last Project. If you haven't seen Davide Sanna then I highly recommend getting along to see him. On Sunday 23rd July, I'm looking forward to meeting up with some good friends when The Aces Covers Band will be performing an amazing selection of No 1 hits from the 50's onwards - also highly recommended! Starting at 3.00pm until 6.00pm. Both events are free of charge - great little pub too!
Thanking all our Jammers and Listeners,
C+H Blues Jam
C+H Blues Jam