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Over the past 15 years I've worked with some great bands from the area I live in, so I thought I'd feature a few of them on a special page especially with us gigging together in the near future.

The first two bands were included in the line up at the inaugural Warrington Rhythm & Blues Festival on Saturday 23rd May 2009 at The Pyramid & Parr Hall  where I emceed at the event. It was something of a bonus to be re-united with Smokehouse Blues and Preston based The Stumble.

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Smokehouse Blues

Smokehouse Blues have upped the tempo a little of late with a line up change that has injected a more varied set list. Rather than just their straight Chicago stuff they now include more uptempo "old school" rhythm & blues which although I've heard is good stuff I've yet to see, so possibly along with some of you visiting the Warrington Rhythm & Blues Festival, this will be my first viewing of the "new" sound - looking forward to the 23rd May for this one.

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The Stumble

I'm sure the majority of you in this neck of the woods (and beyond) will know of this outfit. Over the years we've gigged together many times - in fact as far back as 10 years ago when they were known as "off the wall" (Colin obviously likes naming his bands from the title of a tune).

Good high energy, authentic rhythm & blues is what I like about these lads and not only am I looking forward to their headlining slot at the Warrington event but they're the main attraction on Saturday, 7th March at the Warners / Boogaloo weekend at Alvaston Hall, Nantwich where I'll be doing my usual stuff.

So, two great gigs coming up with The Stumble. I'm sure I'll see some of you at one or both of these events to catch two of the best in the North West.

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Connie Lush and Blues Shouter

 

The Queen of British Blues and the Pride of the North West has now got her band settled into a tight unit. The new members came in during the spring/summer of 2007 and were on top form when I saw them at Guisborough May 2009.  

I canít wait to bring them on at Colne this year when they open the festival on the Friday night.

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