SCARBOROUGH Blues Club will be open three nights a week throughout the summer.
In addition to Thursday night sessions with the Tom Townsend Blues Band, the club has booked talented young vocalist Laura Welburn for every Tuesday, and a popular young blues band for every Friday, through to the end of August.
Laura has just released her first album. Recorded live at the club a few weeks ago, it features classic blues and soul numbers including Why I Sing the Blues, Turn me On, This Train, Fool in Love, and Shoulda Treated me Right.
Laura, 22, first sang at the club last year after performing at venues around Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington.
For the last two years she has been the lead vocalist in Soul Rida, a seven-piece Commitments-style band.
At the club she will be backed by the resident band of Tom Townsend on guitar, Paul Tilley on drums, Mark Gordon on keyboards and Nick Boyes on bass.
TC and the Moneymakers are a relatively new, harmonica-led band from the York area.
They have gained an excellent reputation at the club with “house-rockin’ performances and high-energy sets”, says organiser Mark Horsley.
They play a mixture of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, 1950s Chicago blues and west-coast swing with lots of guts and soul.
The line-up is Tom Cocks on harmonica and vocals, Karl Moon on lead guitar, Lee Parry bass and Andy Westbrook on drums.
In the early 1990s Tom was a founder member of Neil Dalton and the Blue Aces. The band has played all over the North, including the Colne blues festival six years running. They have played support slots for Lazy Lester, Fruitland Jackson and Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes.
Guitarist Karl Moon, of Rillington, cut his teeth playing with bands in the York, Newcastle and Scarborough areas, including the Jen Low Band and the Doc Brown Blues Band.
Mark says: “When we first featured this band in March we were so impressed we immediately booked them for our entire summer season.
“We will be clearing the floor for these guys, because members of the audience were dancing in the aisles on the two occasions they appeared, so Friday nights will definitely be for dancing”.
Performances start at 9pm. Entry costs £5 (£3 for club members). Tickets are not available in advance.
The club is a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers. Although based at the Cask, it has no commercial links with the pub. In common with most other music clubs, it relies on public support to remain open.