British Blues Archive Benefit at The New Crawdaddy Club - 21st June 2012
Billericay in Essex enjoyed a taste of Leyton's Coach & Horses Blues Jam on June 21st as twelve stars of the C&H dropped by to promote the British Blues Archive with two hours of superlative British Blues Jamming. The venue was The New Crawdaddy Club, and our gracious hosts were Paul Dean and Chris Patchett of resident band The Heaters, who kindly provided their keyboard and bass rigs for our backline.
Our performers were, in alphabetical order, Clive Mulcahy, Jamie Rowan, Malcolm Smith, Marc Turner, Martin Fieber, Phil Hughes, Reg Patten, Steve Taylor, Terry Duggan, Tim Hill and Tony Myers, and we're grateful to them all for pledging their time, talents, and equipment in support of the Archive. Our IT man Chris Lafbury was there as cameraman, our researcher Ernie King operated the camcorder, and Jam Roadie Wayne Mills gave a hand with the gear, but a great deal of credit must also go to the Crawdaddy's regular sound and lighting crew for some excellent on-the-fly mixing and mood setting, well done lads!
The result of this great collaborative effort was six terrific sets of red hot Blues, fronted by Clive, Jamie, Martin, Tim, Phil and Malcolm respectively, and a stonking encore where Yours Truly was put in front of a superstar line - up of slide, piano, harp, sax, bass & drums and allowed to belt out a bit of classic British R&B, the late Graham Bond's "Long Legged Baby." Thanks, guys, for doing me the honour, with a band like that behind me, I think I could've sung all night!
During the interval, after Paul & Chris had held their raffle and announced the coming attractions, Peter had the opportunity to take the mic, and speak in more detail about the aims of the Archive, as well as voicing our appreciation for the efforts of all concerned, and at the close of the day, I'm pleased to say our Treasurer, Tina, was able to add enough to the kitty to keep our new website afloat for some months to come.
But of course these events are about more than just raising money, they're also about raising awareness of the Archive, making new friends, bringing Blues musicians and fans together, and giving us the opportunity to play and hear some beautiful British Blues, that great music which means so much to so many people. Thanks again to Paul & Chris of The New Crawdaddy for giving us the opportunity to do all that, and to all the talented musicians of the Coach & Horses Blues Jam for entertaining us in such fine fashion. We're already looking forward to our next fundraising event.
Link to the Coach and Horses Blues Jam web site to see videos and hear audio: www.coachandhorsesbluesjam.com/bba_crawdaddy.shtml
All above photographs © Chris Lafbury LRPS