Billericay in Essex enjoyed a taste of Leyton's Coach & Horses Blues Jam on June 21st 2012 as twelve stars of the C&H dropped by to promote the British Blues Archive with two hours of superlative British Blues Jamming. The venue was The New Crawdaddy Club, and our gracious hosts were Paul Dean and Chris Patchett of resident band The Heaters, who kindly provided their keyboard and bass rigs for our backline.
Our performers were, in alphabetical order, Clive Mulcahy, Jamie Rowan, Malcolm Smith, Marc Turner, Martin Fieber, Phil Hughes, Reg Patten, Steve Taylor, Terry Duggan, Tim Hill and Tony Myers, all of whom pledged their time, talents and equipment in support of the Archive.
British Blues Archive I.T. man Chris Lafbury was there as cameraman, Vera recorded the video clips, and Jam Roadie Wayne Mills gave a hand with the gear, but a great deal of credit must also go to the Crawdaddy's regular sound and lighting crew for some excellent on-the-fly mixing and mood setting - well done lads!
The result of this great collaborative effort was six terrific sets of red hot Blues, fronted by Clive, Jamie, Martin, Tim, Phil and Malcolm respectively, and a stonking encore where Yours Truly was put in front of a superstar line-up of slide, piano, harp, sax, bass & drums and allowed to belt out a bit of classic British R'n'B, the late Graham Bond's Long Legged Baby. Thanks, guys, for doing a FABGOL the honour, with a band like that behind me, I think I could've sung all night!
Peter and Tina Harvie of the BBA would like to express their gratitude to the Coach & Horses Blues Jam, its organisers Terry & Vera, and all the other musicians who made it such a great night for British Blues. Enjoy a taste of it here with our videos and mp3s.