The Bicester U3A Blues Appreciation group is now well established after several very successful meetings.
This Group meets monthly on the 2nd Friday
> Blues Group April meeting: this month David presented his selection of personal favourites garnered from tinternet! Entitled Blues Group D it was by artists with D as initial letter and all beautifully presented, which has raised the bar there but no one need worry, we are there for the music! We opened with KC Douglas and 'Mercury blues' (referring to a Ford Mercury 49 that he would love to own). We also had the wonderfully named Omar and the Howlers (low down dirty blues) - but what is he doing there you ask? Well his real name is Kent Dykes! Another great named artist was Deak Harp (David went to his famous harmonica shop). The names just kept on coming...Boo Boo Davis, Dirty Mojo Blues band and finally who can beat Theabis Debris! I cannot top that so will leave it there!
A reminder of the last month's topics.
> Blues Group March meeting. This month Jean brought us a very unusual selection using the modern infernal machinery that occasionally played up. We started with a very jazzy number 'so what' by Miles Davis (favourite of Andrew's). We also had Muddy Waters, Robert Plant in Strange Sensation and Led Zeppelin, Bessie Smith (queen of the blues) and the Heavenly Gospel Singers. We also heard some newer songs by the like of Norah Jones and Beth Hart. Of course no blues session would be complete with someone with an unusual name and Walter Trout and Tuba Skinny fulfilled that role nicely. Somehow woodie Guthrie's 'This land is your land' made an appearance. But the star of the show goes to Blind Willie Johnson and his 'chest voice' singing and Mark Lanegan's indescribable funereal signing.
> Blues group February meeting. We had 11.5 attendees this month (one member could only come for half the meeting) and Andrew led with the topic 'The blues alphabet-'C' part 2. We started with a 1927 recording of Mistreatin' mama by Jaybird Coleman, a fine bit of harmonica playing. We had the wonderfully named Reverend Julius Cheeks, the Chosen Gospel Singers, the Caravans (5 ladies in party dresses. Still going strong today), Connie Curtis 'Pee Wee' Crayton. We then rocked into 2005. With Cream knocking out 'Crossroads' including a fretless bass guitar. We delved into 'Zydeco' blues with the marvellously named Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. We also of course crooned with Nat King Cole and sang gospel with Ray Charles. We finished with yet more classics from the legendary Eric Clapton.
> Andrew and Nick
If anyone wants to learn to play blues it would be welcome.
If you are interested in joining us please contact Nick Morse or Andrew Thomas.