20 August 2016

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This week's show is a blues sisters special packed with great music. It's a show packed with new artists and old hands at the blues and it's in your room, car and radio at 5pm & 12pm uk Saturday night on www.mdoradioblues.com with Blues Engine, Red Butler, Eliana Cargnelutti, Mariëlla Tirotto & the Blues Federation, Clare Free, Ina Forsman, Girls With Guitars, BabaJack , Toriah Fontaine, Kaz Hawkins Band, Fran McGillivray Band, Alabama Shakes, Elles Bailey, Ingrid Gerdes, Rebecca Downes, Kareña K, Hat Fitz & Cara, Candye Kane feat Laura Chavez, Grainne Duffy, Zoe Schwarz, Candi Staton, Cherry Lee Mewis, Northsyde, Sari Schorr, Debbie Bond, Husky Tones, Eliza Neals, Davina and The Vagabonds.

15 August 2016

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The Blues and Soul Show uploaded "Blues and Soul show chapter 102" which Streams live every Saturday on MDORadioblues.com at 5pm and again at 12am UK. Featuring great tracks by Sari Schorr, Big Boy Bloater, Dave Arcari, plus a new track from Karena K plus many more.

09 August 2016

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The Blues and Soul Show uploaded "Blues and Soul show chapter 101" which Streams live every Saturday on MDORadioblues.com at 5pm and again at 12am uk

27 July 2016

Lorna Shaving her hair for Charity

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Lorna Forthergill  lead singer of the Northsyde band is doing Brave the Shave for Macmillan Cancer Support and is one of the largest British charities and provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. As well as helping with the medical needs of people affected by cancer and If any of you fine folks fancy donating a quid or two in support of Lorna and the fabulous men and women at MacMillan, please follow the link below and feel free to share.  Her target is £3.000 - please help her raise it for this charity.
The hair is coming off in October. Picture by Sally Newhouse

https://bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/lorna-fothergill/?edit=1&utm_campaign=30103_Registration+%28General%29&utm_medium=email&utm_source=BTS_Email&dm_i=2UFY%2CN87%2C48Y4DR%2C1LSK%2C1

Fat Man Blues - The Story Behind the Story

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The Story:

Fat Man Blues is the debut novel from British writer, Richard Wall, and follows the adventures of Hobo John, a white, English blues enthusiast, recently widowed and in the final stages of terminal cancer, who is in Mississippi to follow the Blues Trail while he is still able. 

One night in Red's bar in Clarksdale, Hobo John meets the mysterious Fat Man, who claims that he can show him the "real blues" of the 1930s. Dismissing this as the ramblings of a drunk, Hobo John leaves the bar. 

Next day, standing at the grave of Charley Patton, Hobo John is startled by the appearance of Fat Man, who once again offers to show him the real blues. That night, Hobo John goes drinking in Clarksdale and next morning is taken seriously ill in his rented apartment at the Ground Zero Blues Club. Once again Fat Man appears and lays out his deal - he will cure Hobo John of his illness and take him back to the 1930s, where he will not only see the real blues, but will also film and record blues singers, giving the recordings to Fat Man.

Naturally, there is a price to be paid for this, but Hobo John is in no position to refuse. In agony, and terrified of dying, he agrees to Fat Man's terms and is rewarded by Fat Man removing the cancerous tumour. Next evening, the two meet outside an abandoned church at a crossroads and the deal is finalised. Fat Man explains that wherever a person lived or travelled during their life, that's where they will go in the next life. Thus, Fat Man leads Hobo John into the church and then out through the back door and into the afterlife of the Mississippi Delta of the 1930s.

Once there, Hobo John finds his feet and meets up with Travellin' Man, an old blues singer, and together the two roam the Delta, playing at juke joints and experiencing at first hand the sometimes harsh realities of life in the Delta. 

Hobo John is in his element, living his dream of being able to play the real blues in the land of its birth. However, he soon discovers that there is another, deadlier price to be paid for his deal with Fat Man...



The Story Behind The Story



In 2012, to celebrate a landmark birthday, my wife, Barbara, arranged a surprise trip to Memphis, where we met up with American friends and commenced a week-long road trip following the Blues Trail through Mississippi (with a quick detour to Helena, Arkansas) to New Orleans (for Mardi Gras) and then returning north to Memphis.

Having breakfast in the Peabody Hotel, Memphis; lunch at Abe's BBQ in Clarksdale and dinner in Jackson, MS, gave me a birthday that I won't be forgetting for a long time.

Whilst following the Blues Trail - looking at graves and statues and the like - we encountered several fellow blues pilgrims, most of whom were European, and all of whom were white. As an enthusiast for blues music and blues history, this was a magical week for me but I couldn't help feeling that the blues that we were seeing and experiencing had a distinct “touristy” feel to it, like the Delta had become a kind of blues theme park, and I got to thinking about how it would be to be able to witness the blues being played as it was back in the day.

Having survived Mardi Gras with livers intact, we headed north via Vicksburg and Natchez, spent a night in a Civil War-era mansion (complete with cannonball stuck in the wall) next to the Mississippi River, and then drove on to Clarksdale, where we booked rooms at the Ground Zero Blues Club.

That night, my friend, Kyle and I went to Red's Lounge, which was empty except for Red, and a huge black dude who was flying high on something. We talked for a while about Clarksdale and the blues, during which he said “Blues is for tourists, now. It ain’t the real blues.” I then asked the dude if I could take his photograph - he said "No". I said "Cool" and then asked him what his name was. Conversation stopped, the dude stood up, said, "I'll get back to you on that," and then walked out of the back door.

That was that, and so Kyle I continued a bar crawl around Clarksdale, which ended many beers later with Kyle saying, "That whole scene in Red's, that would make a great opening for a short story." 

I got to thinking about this, and what the dude had said, and I wondered how I would react if I was offered the chance to see the “real blues”.

As soon as we returned to the UK, I began writing, but with no idea where the story would go. Very soon I had passed the usual word-count for a short story and still the plot kept unfolding, until, three years later, I found I had a novel on my hands.

Writing it was the easy bit. After that came editing, and constant checking that the background information (setting, dialogue etc) was as accurate as I could make it.

Luckily, as a keen student/anorak of blues history, I had read biographies of blues legends like Son House, Charley Patton, Skip James etc, so I had a wealth of reference material on hand.

Another research asset that I used heavily were the recordings of Charley Patton (listening over and over to the spoken ad-libs); and audio interviews of Booker T Miller (who played with Charley Patton), Howling Wolf, David Honeyboy Edwards, Roebuck “Pops” Staples and H.C Spier (who recorded Charley Patton). All of which provided anecdotes that I could embellish, and a first-hand reference of the intricacies of rural Mississippi dialogue.



Writing Fat Man Blues has been enjoyable. Allowing me the indulgence of wallowing in blues history and delta blues music. All that said, none of this would have happened had it not been for my wife, Barbara’s, gift of a surprise birthday road trip.



If you buy it, I hope you enjoy it.



Thanks.



Fat Man Blues is available from Amazon.



Reviews on Amazon for Fat Man Blues:



I think it's a brilliant piece of art, a highly original concept beautifully realised, and it obviously comes from the heart. 



...the best work of fiction I have read since reading Steinbeck. The voices of Mr .Wall's characters will echo in your head...



This is a completely one-off original book... the author has created an engaging, entertaining and at times, emotional story.



...the sights and sounds of the Mississippi Delta are used as a backdrop to a gripping tale of one man's struggle with his mortality; his successes and his failures...



I cried a lot, I laughed a lot. This is one story that will stay with me for a long time. It never lets you go until the end. A superb piece of blues history. Won't be long before this gets a second read.



This novel is at times hilarious, then haunting, but always smart. Richard clearly has a love of the Delta blues that is virtually unmatched. If you love the blues music of the Mississippi Delta, then this book is a must-read.

22 July 2016

The Blues and Soul Show has a new Presenter and editor.

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The Blues and Soul Show has a new presenter Chris Rogers, who also runs The Mid Wales R&B club and would like to thank creator and past presenter of the Blues and Soul Show Jason Elliott. Jason was also the Editor in Chief of the whole Blues and Soul Show project in which he did a fantastic job. Also together with Paddy Maguire, Jason founded the legendary, multi-award-winning Hebden Bridge Blues Festival. We wish him well on his future projects and can assure everybody that we mean to carry on the good work that Jason and the team have done so well. The future looks bright.

06 June 2016

Sisters of Blues and Soul Cancelled

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6th June 2016

Today, on behalf of BluesandSoul247 Ltd, I've made the decision to cancel the Sisters of Blues and Soul Festival, due to take place in Todmorden between the 8th and 10th of July.

Unfortunately, even with a long head start, ticket sales are not sufficient at this stage to make it financially viable to go ahead with the event. After looking at costs to proceed with the festival from this point, against the cost of cancelling, it was a tough decision that had to be taken.

Tickets already purchased will of course be refunded. This will happen over the next 7 days and the money will be returned through PayPal to the original PayPal account from which it came.

In order to be fair to the bands scheduled to perform, I felt it necessary to make this decision today so they have as much time as possible to cancel accommodation and reschedule their activities.

On a personal note, I've consulted long and hard with those closest to me before making a decision that I know will both disappoint and inconvenience a number of people. I trust you'll understand my position and appreciate the reasons I'm cancelling.

Jason Elliott