Monthly Archives: September 2013


September 24, 2013

Another busy weekend coming up….Four solo gigs this weekend, but the one I’d like to pimp on here is Sunday 29th at 6 at The Three Tuns, Sherriff’s Hill, Gateshead. Paul gave me my first solo bookings and encouraged me a lot at the end of last year and start of this. My solo “act” has come on a bit since then and I’ve done a 12 track album using Ally Lee’s support too. Now I know this clashes with the sh1tkicker’s ball, but if you’re not there it’d be great to have your support at The Tuns. I’ll be playing tracks from the album, and selling it, including a couple of my own songs and a bunch of others too. The tuns will be set up with tables and candles and I’m hoping it’ll be a great atmosphere if anyone turns up!!!! Could be the start of intimate laid back Sunday sessions at the tuns if we’re lucky.

The whole weekend looks like this:

17th September – BBB solo in a double header with Gary Grainger at The Kings in Crook, Co Durham. Saturday 28th September – BBB solo at the Sh1teshags MCC bash, Northumbria Gliding Club, Currock Hill, Chopwell, Tyne and Wear, NE17 7AX – afternoon slot, around 2 or 3 pm. Saturday 28th September – BBB solo at The Golden Lion, Market Place, Richmond, N Yorks, DL10 4QL, from 9 pm. Sunday 29th September, 6 ’til 8+ – BBB solo at The Three Tuns, 92 Sheriff’s Highway, Gateshead, NE9

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Long Ridge Road

Rehearsals and performances from Long Ridge Road this week!  Acoustic vocal group.  Free performance at The Black Bull in Blaydon (NE21 4JJ) on Friday night (20th Sept) ahead of a private party the next day.  I shall enjoy this immensely!

Darlington Blues Festival

Hey, what a day – the rain in the early stages couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm, and the sun came out towards the late afternoon.  Great crowds.  Probably the best headliner performance I’ve seen there – The Pretty Things.  Dead tight, cool looks and great tunes – felt like a packed club even though it was outside in the market square.  Special mention also to The Tom Atkinson Band.  Couldn’t get to see anything else!

I was knocked out by the reaction to my solo set in The Quays.  Packed (as all venues are at this fest) and full of people really enjoying themselves.  Great to see so many friends and two guest harp players!  You all made me very happy so thanks loads folks.

Thanks to Mike Prendagast and the Darlo r+b club crew for putting this on every year.  More power to your elbow!  Thanks to The Quays for having me.  Great bar and such nice folk running it.

Busy weekend – incuding Darlington r+b festival

Looking forward to this weekend as it includes Darlington r’n’b festival on Sunday 15th September – one of the highlights of he year.  This year I’m doing a solo set at 5.15 in the Quays Pub.  More details on the whole event here: .

My weekend looks like this:

Friday 13th September, Oil City Shakers (BBB and Ronnie Semple duo) at The Black Bull, Main St  Wark, Northumberland NE48 3LG, 9 pm start.

Saturday 14th September – BBB solo at The Stables, Courtyard Bar music festival, Beamish Hall, Beamish, Stanley, County Durham, DH9 0YB. BBB on around 3pm.  Some great live acts to see.

Saturday 14h September – BBB solo at The Nine Bar and Lounge, 33 Dean Road, South Shields, NE33 4EA.  9pm start

Sunday 15th September – BBB solo at Darlington r+b festival, 5:00pm in The Quays Pub, 5 Tubwell Row, Darlington, DL1 1NU.

Great weekend gone – great weekend ahead!

Just back from a fantastic weekend…  The Bandits played a great last minute booking at The Black Bull In Blaydon on Friday as a warm out for the North East Motorcycle Action Group Stormin’ the Castle Custom Bike Show.  The following morning I was off to Stormin’ to do a set with Ronnie Semple (on harp) as the duo Oil City Shakers in the Hobgoblin tent in the afternoon.  The reception from a packed tent was fantastic, and the first copies of the “trigger Finger” CD sold well!  Then a quick pack up and over to the main stage for the soundcheck, a few beers and a bite and checked out Bessie and The ZInc Buckets and the wonderful Blue Diamiond before watching the Kill on the mainstage.  Then it was Bandits time again and we got our usual great Stormin’ welcome – cheers! – before the headliners, From The Jam took the stage.



Caught up with loads of old friends – especially the Stormin’ crew and marshalls.  Thanks again.

This weekend coming I’m out playing solo at Saltburn Blues Club supporting MORELAND AND ARBUCKLE on Friday 6th September (Saltburn Community Theatre, Albion Terrace, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland, TS12 1JW) – should be a cracker.  Then out with Oil City Connection on Saturday night of the 7th at The Schooner Inn in Gateshead, and then solo again on Sunday the 8th at The Wheatsheaf, Roker Ave, Sunderland, SR6 0BN from 4.30 pm