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

This month we talk to Clare Free about her latest album and getting back on the road. Mike Farris and The Billy Walton Band both return for a tour and we get some background on these increasingly popular artists. We’re hearing of a forthcoming album from Chris Corcoran so we catch up with him and his career. Blowin’ Up A Storm continues with Pt 2 of the series on Harmonicas and this month Blues In Britain readers can not only have a free month’s trial through the online teaching platform Ben’s Harp Club but also win a harmonica. The Two Hat Blues Band – all three of them wearing hats - introduce themselves.

It’s another month where both the Festival and Gig Guides continue to fill up and of course we have your gig and festival reviews and our IBBA radio guide.
Until next month, get out and see some live music and enjoy yer blues.
Paul Stiles
editor@bluesinbritain.org

This month we talk to Marcus Malone and Innes Sibun about their latest collaboration and album. James Oliver is wowing the crowds and now has an album ready to launch, we get the lowdown. Back On The Road Again features Northsyde, which will please many fans and from what we hear they are off to a flying start with Marcus Prestgaard-Stevens playing Jules’ Red Gibson 335. We’re Blown’ Up A Storm with Part 1 of a series on Harmonicas and Blues In Britain readers can have a free month’s trial through the online teaching platform Ben’s Harp Club at playharmonica.co.uk.

The Five Points Gang introduce themselves and we get some background on Giles King. The Festival Guide continues to fill up and as always we have your gig and festival reviews and our guides to gigs and IBBA radio shows.

Until next month, get out and see some live music and enjoy yer blues.

Paul Stiles

editor@bluesinbritain.org

A Happy New year

Looking ahead to the beginning of a new decade, in this month’s magazine we talk to Gary Fletcher who, although probably known for his bass duties with The Blues Band, tours the UK with his band in support of his latest album. We get behind the scenes with Ben Fisher and find out about his work as a songwriter as well as resonator player with Jenny Wren & Her Broken Wings. We uncover Beth Hart who will be touring the UK again this month and Ben Featherstone introduces himself.

The Festival Guide is filling up nicely with plenty to choose from in the coming year.  As always we have your gig and festival reviews and our usual guides to gigs, festivals and IBBA radio shows.

Until next month, get out and see some live music and enjoy yer blues.

Paul Stiles
editor@bluesinbritain.org

In this month’s magazine we hear from Seth Rosenbloom who is coming to play here for the first time from the USA. Albany Down are back on the road as a three piece and we catch up with their frontman Phil Turley. The Blind Lemon Gators are a new flavour from established bluesers resident north of the border. The Big Picture is back and we take a rare view inside Barry’s famous Blues Barn. Austin Gold have a new digital and vinyl release now available, so we find out more in a brief chat. Meanwhile Marco Cinelli and Danny del Toro introduce themselves this month as they release an album of new songs in the ‘Delta’ style.

On the good news front we bring you details about new blues clubs in Diseworth and at the Tropic in Ruislip as well as an extension to the Saltburn Blues Club with their Balmoral Acoustic Blues Club

Gigs are a little sparse over the Christmas period but more and more festival dates and line-ups are being confirmed and early bird ticket offers represent good value. Talking of good value, remember our Christmas subscription offer on the inside back cover. As usual we have your reviews of gigs and festivals, whilst our Radio Guide starts on Page 42.

Enjoy the read and get out and see some live music.

Enjoy Yer Blues!

Paul Stiles
Editor

In this month’s magazine we hear from Graeme of Deep Blue Sea who has some further thoughts on Trev Turley’s piece about pigeonholing in September’s issue, whilst Trev reflects on the New Crawdaddy Club which is closing at the end of this year. Wille Edwards, without his Bandits, is doing a short tour to raise funds for charities supporting the homeless. Black Stone Cherry, probably better known for their rock output have released a second blues album, so we get some details and background. Another ‘rocker’ is on the road but his roots are firmly in the blues as we find out when we talk to Glenn Hughes. Holy Moly & The Crackers introduce themselves this month.
Needless to say it’s a busy time of year for album releases, so we’ve allocated extra space and as usual we have your reviews of gigs and festivals, whilst our Radio Guide starts on Page 42.
Enjoy the read and get out and see some live music.
Enjoy Yer Blues!
Paul Stiles
Editor