Mick Knight… ABC returns from its holiday with this tribute to blues musics one and only Arthur Blake. Blind Blake (1896/1934) was ragtime blues guitars foremost guitar player of the 1920’s. Featuring the hits Diddie Wa Diddie, Police Dog Blues, That Will Happen No More and He’s In The Jailhouse Now. These will be attempted by three old friends joined by more… (old and new friends). Come along to this fun evening of totally acoustic music ….arrive early for the best seats….
‘Kelvin Davies already has an amazing portfolio of work behind him including several plays on the BBC Radio 2 Cerys Matthews Blues Show. The great guitar work and singing of this young country blues artist brings songs of the 20’s and 30’s to life, as well as an increasing selection of wonderful self penned numbers. Kelvin draws his inspiration deep from the past, from blues pioneers such as Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Blind Blake, Reverend Gary Davis and more, as well as being inspired from later folk musicians, the likes of John Martyn, Jackson C Frank and Bob Dylan. Since the start of his acoustic blues musical quest in late 2017, Kelvin has played at some fantastic venues, such as Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, The 100 club, Cambridge Junction, Dingwalls, as well as Cambridge folk festival, Tenby blues festival and various other folk and blues festivals and clubs throughout the UK. Rarely far from his side is veteran harmonica player Gary Jones, whose soulful, understated presence never fails to add an extra layer of sweetness to Kelvin’s overall wonderful, charismatic sound.’
Here’s an earlier event on the 14th November 2022… Weeping Willow Blues, Blind Boy Fuller cover by Sister Suzie & Mick Knight.
Mick Knight… Fulton Allen born 1904 or 7 or 9 … in Wadesboro North Carolina. He was an eclectic, popular and influential recording artist. Though he made over 120… 78rpm sides he never performed on stage preferring the street and informal gatherings. Come and join us as we recreate some of the sound of the East Coast blues of Blind Boy Fuller…..with Sister Suzie, Piers Clark, Jem Turpin, Nick Smalley and Mick Knight.
Here’s Roger Hubbard at the ABC club Hastings UK on October 10th 2022 playing a 1928 Martin 0-18 guitar. Filmed by Jon Renouf.
Graham Belchamber… it was a marvellous evening of Robert Johnson music.
Here’s another video from the ABC Acoustic Blues Club…
John Smith Hurt was born in Teoc Mississippi in 1892. He was a farmhand and labourer until the last few years of his life. His music was performed for family, friends and at country dances. In 1928 he recorded some blues 78’s that 35 years later led to him becoming a star of the blues revival. Come and join us as we pay this small tribute, play some of the songs and tell some of the story of Mississippi John Hurt…. with Piers Clark and Mick Knight plus Eddy Odel and possibly more!
Ken Copsey… Looking forward to this!