Tuesday, 30 August 2011

The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett

David (Honeyboy) Edwards 1915 - 2011

While I rarely mourn the long-lived and talented, it did touch a nerve this morning to hear of the death of Blues Legend David (Honeyboy) Edwards. Taken from us at the tender age of 96, Honeyboy played with the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Lightning Hopkins and the daddy of them all Robert Johnson. As one Blues writer put it "Mississippi is poorer for the loss of David, but Heaven that little bit richer".

Sporting my favourite tee shirt it was another heavy day of Rock 'n' Roll at the second day of the Weymouth Quayside Festival. As ever a HUGE success down to all the artists, backstage girls & boys, organisers and Creator Keith Treggiden of the Rendezvous (restaurant, bars and nite-club), Town Bridge, Weymouth.

This was the crowd mid-afternoon, by the evening it had multiplies 3 fold.

The lad on the right is Gabriel Burton with guitar tutor Frazer Clubb to the left. This 9 year olds rendition of the 'Purple' classic Smoke on the Water was something to behold, in fact I would say Rock 'n' Roll is in safe hands for the next generation.

Gabriel with his Grandfather and Father Jason.

Looking across the crowd, there was my old shipmate and fellow musos Mick Barge and wife Christine.

This (Danny Adams) is the Brains behind the event,

While this is Tilly the Beer behind the event.

Howlin' at the Moon journeymen Weymouth Rockers in the Dylanesque style.

If there was one man I singularly wanted to see anywhere, let alone at the Festival, it was Jaymz Perry of the extremely popular Leeds band Ted Moll. Having recently recovered from cancer, Jaymz is undoubtedly the most accomplished drummer I know personally. My fondest memory is when he was naught but a boy playing his first 'live gig' in Finns pub Weymouth. Blistering wouldn't come near to describing his performance and I was eager to get a memento of the set.

Among my modest collection of Rock Memorabilia stands the drumsticks used by Jaymz on that occasion, and I have continued to tease him that one day, when he becomes the new Bonzo, I'll make a 'million' out of them. Please hurry man!

Animal Urges XL'ent 50's style Rock.

Jon (too many bands to mention) Storey, Peter (Beaver) Smith & Chris (Bad Reputation) Whiteside. It would be safe to say all would fit neatly under the banner of Mötley Crüe!

Yeovil Combo Design

Sherbourne's own delectable and highly talented Helen Harvey after a 'fine set'.

Danny, Dave, Stage Manager Steve and M/C Alex skylarking backstage.

The ever popular and always welcome in Weymouth, Four Wheel Drive unleash their own brand of Heavy Rock - be back soon lads!

Also in the audience fellow birder, wildlife enthusiast, Rocker, drinker et al Bob Ford and Wife.

The highlight and finale of the gig was the 'Very Last' appearance on stage of The Traveling Blueberries (from l to r Paul Sunt lead guitar, Peter Smith rhythm guitar, Danny Adams bass guitar & vocals, drummer Barney Stevens, an unknown lead guitar and Frazer Clubb lead guitar.

Thinking back to when Danny Adams was just a youth, he sang a rendition of the Zeppelin favourite The Immigrant Song. All who were in the Park Hotel on that Sunday afternoon were not only stunned but agreed it could only have been done better by Plant himself. There was more of the same when he, and the band, launched into Trampled Underfoot.

Frazer lends a few licks.

while the '2 Little Dickie Birds', Paul & Peter appear to be starting something of a mutual appreciation society.

It's been a while since I've been out after the Witching Hour but great to share a late drink with Bowie, Sheila and Howard over from Australia on an equally short trip as my own out there.

Having been so personally well looked after over the 2 days, I thought it best to remain at home this morning editing photographs and committing them to disc for all those involved in the great success of the festival. Another huge Thank You goes out to you all and (Rock 'n') Roll on Next Year

Mid-day I was taken out for lunch by my dear mates John Gifford and his sister Maggie. A fine bit of snap and a couple of pints just set me up for the rest of the day. Thank You Both!

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