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Blues Club meeting goes with a bang as bass player mounts bass...
11th March 2005

Darry Williams plays some ragtime with Tim Davies on harp


On Friday 4th March last the new 'cellar bar' at the Roverís Return in Douglas was the venue for the first Blues Club in many a long month and what an excellent new venue it is. Opened only a week previously, itís music room is just the right size to generate a great atmosphere. There is also the bar and a smaller room to the side where people can go to talk but keep in touch with events as pictures are delivered courtesy of the CCTV system - a very nice touch.

Walter Ego kicked off with an hour of blues rock. As ĎJim the drummerí was relaxing in Spain Dave Colley from Sweet Sweet Bulb (and formerly Liebezeit) joined Derek in the rhythm section whilst the usual double lead guitars of Steve Courtie and John Barker soloed their hearts out. Finishing on a moody "Love That Burns" with Dave McLean joining on keyboards this was a good rocking start.
Darry Williams plays some more ragtime with Tim Davies on harp


A fine crowd now filled the room as Daryl Williams and Tim Davies gave us 30minutes of acoustic blues which was lapped up showing that the room's acoustics are great for a wide range of music.
StoneChase run wild


Stonechase followed with an hour of rockíníroll and rockabilly. Guest drummer John Kinley was a hit with his crisp solos and despite the low ceiling Johnny G managed to spectacularly mount his double bass.

The place was really jumping now
Dave Wade and mates wind things up a notch or two
as for the last 45 minutes the blues club stalwarts Dave Wade , Dave McLean , Tim Davies and Kate Bass took to the small but perfectly formed stage with Johnny G , Steve Courtie , John Barker and Dave Colley returning for one of those blues jam sessions that could go on all night but sadly had to end at midnight.

Thanks go to Martin Brunschweiler and best wishes for a swift recovery go to Earl Law and long may this new venue continue. Watch this space for details of the next meeting...

Atmospheric photos supplied courtesy of Big John Barker's cellphone - very nice too.

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