Having seen The Feelgood Band put on a stunning performance at Broomfield Park two Sundays ago I was very much looking forward to seeing their frontman Mark Sibley guesting with the houseband this week - and I was more than happy to step down from bass-playing duties in preference to Mark Sibley’s good friend Mark Fairey – both of whom gave a top-class performance just as we all expected. A top-class performance also from Matt Withey, who treated us to some awesome guitar-playing and who also acted as our MC while Mike Dearing was away on work-related business.
Mark S began the opening set playing a nice-looking Telecaster on “Standing At The Crossroads Again” and “Don’t Go No Further” before reverting back to his more familiar harmonica and reeling off three numbers in quick succession, which perfectly demonstrated his talent as a harp-player – a fact which sometimes seems to be overlooked.
I was hoping I hadn’t seen the last of his Telecaster because I was very much looking forward to hearing Mark play slide., well he didn’t disappoint me and our appreciative audience when he picked up the Tele and proceeded to burst into “Back In The Night” before bowing out to a well-deserved round of applause. The two Marks were kept quite busy amongst our jammers too with some classy performances - and getting back on stage at the end of the night with three more glorious numbers accompanied by Matt Withey and Reg Patten of course.
Enormous thanks and appreciation to Mark Sibley, Mark Fairey, MC Matt Withey and Reg Patten for a thoroughly enjoyable two mini-sets and initiating a great night of entertainment !
The Two Marks were not the only ones who were kept busy this week. With just one drummer’s name on the signing-in sheet, Reg “The Ever-Ready” Patten played drums on four jam-sets. Thankfully we had John Ward for part of the night, but he needed to leave earlier than expected.
It was a relief to see Raf walk in the room just as two or three of us were discussing whether we’d ever see him again – how foolish we were!
Six jam-sets were arranged by Queen Bee Vera of which I featured on one – and I did enjoy my little stint with Billy Sharpe, Kevin Molyneux, Peter Harvie and John Ward. With fewer jammers here this week, I’m pleased to say that several of them were given an extra set although we would’ve liked to have given guitarist Ed (no surname provided) another set.
No major dramas to report this week, just first-class jamming from our small but much-appreciated regulars played in such good humour, and here they are in all their glory. Time to call…
The Roll Of Honour:
A fresh batch of mp3s will soon be uploaded by our Webmaster Ken Cumberlidge. Peter Harvie was responsible for a great batch of photos which can now be viewed on our Facebook page
A special word of thanks to Richard Stenhouse and Mark Fairey for helping to set up the equipment and for their help in stacking it away at the end of the night; also thanking Matt Withey for his support and doing a great job in MC-ing this week.
Next time at Leytonstone Blues Jam:
Next week’s guest will be John Parry, with whom I always look forward to sharing the stage. A fine multi-instrumentalist and a jolly nice bloke too. Please arrive early, grab a seat and enjoy !
Something for the weekend:
No Blues at the Southgate Club this week and throughout the rest of August, but St Harmonica’s Blues Club continue to stage their enormously popular open-air event this coming Sunday (21st) when their featured acts will be the Connor Selby Band and Debbie Bond. For further details, check out The St Harmonica's Website
While both Mick Parker and myself will be away attending a wedding this coming Saturday, live music will continue at The Manor Arms, 150 East India Dock Road, E14 0BP on Saturday afternoon 3.00pm-6.00pm. At the time of writing, I don’t know who the band will be, but I’m sure Ronnie Collins has booked a top-quality act – no charge at the door.
Thanking All Our Jammers & Listeners,