British Blues Exhibition

British Blues Exhibition The British Blues Exhibition aims to act as a hub for information and resources and events to celebrate British Blues.

The new issue of Blues In Britain magazine is out, inc. Grainne Duffy and one of our headline supporters, John Mayall, w...
02/02/2021
Blues In Britain

The new issue of Blues In Britain magazine is out, inc. Grainne Duffy and one of our headline supporters, John Mayall, who has been kind enough to donate signed harmonicas and to have a link to the exhibition on his website. You can order the new magazine here: https://www.bluesinbritain.org/

“There’s just a little light shining at the very end of the tunnel,” is how Stephen Stanley of Solid Entertainments described the current state of play, when I chatted on the phone with him recently about the live music scene and how we should view it as we enter a new year.After without doubt...

We have been adding issues of Record Songbook from the 1960's to our collection.  Here is one featuring Mick Jagger on t...
11/10/2020

We have been adding issues of Record Songbook from the 1960's to our collection. Here is one featuring Mick Jagger on the cover from August 1965, plus an inner page talking about the Rolling Stones frontman.

03/05/2020
The Blues Foundation

10pm tonight, UK time.

Don't miss the 2020 (Virtual) Blues Music Awards on Sunday, May 3rd: https://bit.ly/VirtualBMAs
"Get reminder" and secure your spot in the virtual broadcast lobby for the premiere!

30/04/2020

We've been talking a lot about the roots of British Blues lately - Jazz, Skiffle, Chris Barber, and so on. We exist to celebrate that and all points up to the contemporary and future.

So in a change of tack, who are the best of the young acts coming through (members under 30 years old, for this purpose)? We have a few suggestions, but will keep them to ourselves for now.

American Mike Zito features on the cover of the latest Blues In Britain magazine. We were talking with British live musi...
24/04/2020

American Mike Zito features on the cover of the latest Blues In Britain magazine. We were talking with British live music promoter Pete Feenstra the other day and Mike's name came up. They'd been chatting and Mike had interesting things to say. You can read more here....

April’s edition is available now - To get your copy delivered to your door every month or read online click the 'Shop Now' button above.
Well the shutters came rattling down as we went to press, instantly making some of our content this month redundant, but such is life.
With the live music scene closed the artists still need to bring in an income, so if you were going to see an artist during the month (see our gig guide) why not get along to their website and buy a CD or a T-shirt to help keep the funds flowing.

In this month’s magazine we get some background on Mark Flanagan, Hannah Wicklund and Mike Zito all of whom you would have been able to see in the coming month, but I’m sure there will be opportunities again in the future and now you’ll be better informed. There’s some interesting news from Brits in Northern Cyprus where they are starting up a new Festival, lets hope we can get there by June. Shaun keeps blowin’ up a storm with part three of his series on Harmonicas and on this occasion getting the right amp for your sound.
Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion have a new album, we get the full lowdown and we introduce you to George Jack.
Clearly for the near future Album reviews and radio shows will be the way forward, in addition some artists are organising online festivals, selling music in new ways - personalised streaming of solo shows and new collaborative album projects are starting, all available on social media and internet video channels.
Until next month, keep healthy and enjoy yer blues at home!
Paul Stiles
Editor

Our new website post is live. A focus on DJ Ashwyn Smyth, but due to our love of history, the article mostly repeats som...
22/04/2020
British DJ’s in focus: Ashwyn Smyth

Our new website post is live. A focus on DJ Ashwyn Smyth, but due to our love of history, the article mostly repeats something written in 2013 for a blog that is closing down, and has Ashwyn's playlist from a show in that year, featuring Buddy Guy, amongst others. His very latest show, incidentally, starts off with a stonking track by Layla Zoe. We listened to it as we were writing this post for Facebook. Ashwyn is also Chair of the UKBlues and a member of the UK Independent Blues Broadcasters Association Read on here: https://britishbluesexhibition.wordpress.com/2020/04/22/british-djs-in-focus-ashwyn-smyth/

We were reading up recently on a DJ, his show and his story from 2013. It is worth repeating and refreshing that material here as an insight into a little history and to the DJ, Ashwyn Smyth, whose…

The recent BBC Eel Pie Island documentary is still online to watch. Full of friends of ours such as Don Craine (in his o...
21/04/2020

The recent BBC Eel Pie Island documentary is still online to watch. Full of friends of ours such as Don Craine (in his old hat, not the summer model he donated to us), John O'Leary, Peter Hammerton, and more. Frankly we were interrupted watching it 20 minutes in when Alexis Korner was being spoken about and we can't wait to resume, this evening, in fact, We have a nice bit of Eel Pie Island memorabilia and a previous interview with Don here - https://www.mixcloud.com/Meerkatcast/don-craine-of-the-downliners-sect-interviewed-part-1-january-2015/.

One of our oldest exhibits arrived recently, a January 1932 issue of Melody Maker magazine.
23/03/2020

One of our oldest exhibits arrived recently, a January 1932 issue of Melody Maker magazine.

The IBBA and members such as Richard Dunning do a great job of keeping the Blues more than alive
07/03/2020
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The IBBA and members such as Richard Dunning do a great job of keeping the Blues more than alive

The Best Blues On The Planet - New Blues - Classic Blues - Mississippi Blues - Irish Blues - French Blues - Australian Blues

Eureka! Just found that John Mayall's 'Blues for the Lost Days' is on Spotify. This is the theme song for the British Bl...
16/02/2020
British Blues Exhibition, a playlist by Darren Weale on Spotify

Eureka! Just found that John Mayall's 'Blues for the Lost Days' is on Spotify. This is the theme song for the British Blues Exhibition and as of now, it is the first song on the British Blues Exhibition official Spotify playlist. Here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0cR1gVIeeUA46v8KxTO43M?si=Z4UaZOpGSB6Rj7gPEqC2wA

A playlist of songs from the history of British Blues music and the British Blues Exhibition - www.britishbluesexhibition.co.uk. Pictured: our supporter John Mayall at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. His fellow supporters are Chris Barber; Huey Morgan; Pete Brown; Connie Lush and Mud Morganfield.

Awards time....
04/02/2020
Finalists – 2020 FORM UKBlues Awards

Awards time....

Here are the finalists in each of the categories that are open to public vote after all the nominations submitted have been processed and verified.

Americana? Has the Blues in (or behind) it. Watch this show...
14/11/2019

Americana? Has the Blues in (or behind) it. Watch this show...

Weekly News Bulletin 13th/11/2019

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Historic vinyl
02/10/2019

Historic vinyl

Saiichi Sugiyama, Connor Selby, Andy Twyman, and Mandy Woods live at the Troubadour Club on 10th October.... https://www...
01/10/2019

Saiichi Sugiyama, Connor Selby, Andy Twyman, and Mandy Woods live at the Troubadour Club on 10th October.... https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/songsmiths-americana-magic-and-bangin-troubadour-tickets/9858675?pl=troubadour

The latest Moonshine Presents poster ahead of the Troubadour Club gig in London on Thursday 10th October - https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/songsmiths-americana-magic-and-bangin-troubadour-tickets/9858675?pl=troubadour - with Connor Selby; Saiichi Sugiyama; Mandy Woods; and Andy Twyman.

29/09/2019
Tuesday Night Music Club - North London

Even as the Borderline closes, another venue springs up. It's not all bad news

Showcasing the best in live Blues from Jazz to Traditional to Rock and all points in between. In conjunction with the Tuesday Night Music Club (South London) and the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.

The film on the rise of Blues into Rock'n'Roll and beyond via the Ealing Club is a big development for British Blues. Th...
19/08/2019
Suburban Steps to Rockland

The film on the rise of Blues into Rock'n'Roll and beyond via the Ealing Club is a big development for British Blues. Those behind it have a fundraiser that expires at the end of the month. You can support it by giving money and/or doing so for various perks (an item signed by Pete Townsend looks particularly cool) and the money goes to: The making of
1) help the production recoup the (high) costs related to the clearance of the soundtrack, a very cool cluster of songs that includes hits from The Rolling Stones, The Who, Cream, BB King, Muddy Waters, The Animals and many more.
2) help put together funds for the DVD launch and a limited theatrical release (both set to happen later this year).
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/suburban-steps-to-rockland#/

A feature film documentary about the Ealing Club, Britain's first Rhythm & Blues venue. | Check out 'Suburban Steps to Rockland' on Indiegogo.

We have a growing collection of musical instruments used in Blues or in Blues-related such as Skiffle. The latest is a t...
10/06/2019

We have a growing collection of musical instruments used in Blues or in Blues-related such as Skiffle. The latest is a tea chest bass. Here is an example of one in action.

The exhibition now appears on Wikipedia. Only a brief text, but one which contains links to two of our supporters in Joh...
17/05/2019
British Blues Exhibition - Wikipedia

The exhibition now appears on Wikipedia. Only a brief text, but one which contains links to two of our supporters in John Mayall and Chris Barber, whose websites show their support and refer to their donations to the exhibition. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Blues_Exhibition

It is supported by[1]Chris Barber (who has donated a trombone, interview and played here), John Mayall [2](who has donated three signed harmonicas), Pete Brown (poet and lyricist with Cream), Connie Lush, Mud Morganfield and Huey Morgan.

Mud Morganfield, eldest son of Muddy Waters, is here in the UK this week, with tonight and tomorrow at one or other of t...
17/04/2019
Mud Morganfield – Blues Singer Son of Muddy Waters. | Gigs

Mud Morganfield, eldest son of Muddy Waters, is here in the UK this week, with tonight and tomorrow at one or other of the Blues Kitchen venues in London to play, plus a couple of out of London dates. See him if you can. http://www.mudmorganfieldblues.com/gigs/

Mud Morganfield is the multi award winning son of Blues legend Muddy Waters who is keeping Chicago Blues alive and whose new album Son of the Seventh Son is earning critical acclaim.

Exhibit: Melody Maker magazine 1957, Skiffle feature
16/04/2019

Exhibit: Melody Maker magazine 1957, Skiffle feature

Exhibit: Melody Maker magazine 1957, Skiffle feature
16/04/2019

Exhibit: Melody Maker magazine 1957, Skiffle feature

08/04/2019

Congratulations to Kyla Brox on winning the European Blues Challenge 2019

Momentous.
08/04/2019
The Rolling Stones at the Ealing Club 50 years ago - THE EALING CLUB

Momentous.

On the evening of 7 April 1962 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards visited the Ealing Club to see Blues Incorporated for the first time. The famous 17 October 1961 meeting on a Dartford railway station platform and an ensuing conversation regarding blues records brought the future songwriting partnership...

18/03/2019

The coffee bars which sprang up in the UK in the 1950's were a platform for the rise of live music. Most have vanished, like the 2 ii's in London which is now a restaurant. Which of the once-coffee bars in the UK are still around and have live music? The Troubadour Club in London is one, but are there more?

11/03/2019

Our latest harmonica exhibit, courtesy of Laurence Garman.

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I'm hoping to get to see the exhibition soon sometime! My signiature is somewhere!
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