Done 71 gigs this year, continuing the downward trend from previous years, but despite that I've had a fabulous 2019. I've performed with some great musicians - Chris Papa George, Julian Socha, George Shovlin & George Lamb, Jim Bullock, Gerry Cooper, Pianoman Paul, Benny Boy Slim, Andy Thompson, Diamond Dac, Chris Dover, Alex Eden and, (most often) Sleepy Jake Segrave. Jake and I have transistioned from '2 guys jamming' to a tight duo, and have more gigs planned for next year.
Also formed 'The All Star Blues Band', a 6 piece featuring Jake, Phil Snell, Jon Ingram, Laurie Reader and Tim Mulley. We've done 2 successful gigs, (Gerry Cooper sitting in for the ill Jake on the 2nd one)...we have 1 confirmed gig in 2020 and are hoping to arrange more.
I have organised 2 blues concerts in Keighley, 1 at Exchange Arts Centre with Jake, Julian and Gerry; the other at Studio 5 with Gerry, The All Star Band and Shovlin & Lamb.
Also organised 2 'Blues and Roots' nights at Bay Horse Oxenhope.
Bradford Blues Club has had an eventful year... we have had to change venues a couple of times, but are now going very well at Hullabaloo Shipley, on last Thurs of the month. In August we were given an afternoon by the Shuttle Shuffle Festival for a 'Bradford Blues Club Showcase' which featured Gerry, Chris Martin, Diamond Dac & Pete Taylor, and me. We won the 2019 Yorkshire Gig Guide Grassroots Award for 'Outstanding Music Club' which was the proudest moment of the year for me. It's down to the fantastic supporters and talented acts, and I'm very grateful to all of them. Chris Dover has been helping me out with promoting the club and we hope for even bigger and better things next year.
Done 2 sessions with Jake on BCB radio, and internet radio host Daz in the Hat did a special promotional broadcast for Bradford Blues Club.
Some of the more unusual places I played were a shop window, a railway boxcar, a heritage centre, a care home. an indoor market and a church.
Thanks to all the venues I've played at for supporting live music, espeacially live acoustic blues.
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