Busy time for blues club

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THE Blues Club have a full programme planned for the next few days.

With their normal jam session tomorrow night and a reappearance of the excellent harmonica player Tom Cox and his band on Friday, you’d have thought that would be enough work for the club’s hard working volunteers, but next Tuesday they are featuring one of the finest piano led bands in the country, the Dale Storr Band. 

Many blues fans may know Dale as one of the founder members of King King (Dale played in the band when they first appeared at the club in 2009 and played on their debut EP) but he has also played alongside many other blues legends such as Frank White, Kevin Thorpe, Dave Berry, Earl Thomas, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges and Duke Robillard. 

His band have received numerous plaudits from within the music industry. Blues Matters magazine called them “a tour-de-force of rockin’ New Orleans piano” while Blues in Britain hailed “a sparkling master class in boogie piano”. Richard Hawley called Dale “the best New Orleans player I’ve ever heard” and David Barard, bass player for Dr John, commented: “I’ve seen Dr John’s shadow”. 

As if that was not impressive enough, on drums is the legendary Dave Raeburn, on bass Chris Chapman, on sax Kim Mayhew and on trumpet Ian Sanderson. 

Apart from Dale, Dave Raeburn is perhaps the best known member of the band. He has been a pro drummer for 33 years and has worked with many of the best, including Larry Miller, Frank White, Phil Guy, Sean Webster, Danny Bryant, the Nimmo Brothers, King King and the Hoax.

“Surely one of the greatest blues bands of the 1990s, the Hoax were the first British blues band to be signed to a major label and were masterminded by supremo producer Mike Vernon”, says club promoter Mark Horsley. “The band made two award-winning albums and toured constantly in Europe and the USA. TV appearances included Later with Jools Holland, VH1, MTV etc”.  

Tickets cost £12 (£10 for club members) and can be purchased from Guitar Galleries in Bar Street and Record Revivals in Northway.