Friday, 18 March 2016

Alex Eden's Blues Jam

     I spent a very enjoyable evening at Factory Street Studios in Bradford on Tuesday.  The event was a new monthly blues jam session hosted by Factory Street owner and Crosscut Saw band member Alex Eden.  It was a true jam session, various musicians with a love of the blues up on stage just jamming together.  The next session is scheduled for Tuesday 19th April.  Pictured is Alex Eden.

Monday, 14 March 2016

The Bill Laurance Group at the Wardrobe

     I'm going to kick off this blog with a few pictures of the Bill Laurance Group performing at the Wardrobe in Leeds last week.  This is not going to be a review of the band as I don't feel qualified to do the job of a reviewer, I simply have a life long interest in music, all kinds of music, and I also like taking pictures, put the two together and you've got my little blog.  Although I'm starting out with Bill Laurance, an artist with an international reputation, it's my intention to cover local bands and artists (that's in the Leeds and Bradford area) with maybe a bit of news about future events and how the bands and artists are getting on.
     Back to the Bill Laurance Group though, and Bill Laurance.  All I'm going to say is that the guy plays keyboard for Grammy award winning band Snarky Puppy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
     On the upright bass and electric bass was Michael League, band leader of Snarky Puppy.                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

On the drums was the highly acclaimed drummer and record producer Richard Spaven.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
And brilliant young percussionist Felix Higginbottom.




     As I said earlier this is not a review but there was a fantastic vibe on the night, between the musicians themselves and between the audience and the band, my son Paul who was with me summed it up on the way home, he said "that's got to be the best gig I've ever been to - in my life" and I think I might have to second that.