Last Saturday resulted in hanging around and taking in the acts playing the acoustic stage at the Left Bank’s Hereford Rocks event put on by John Steven Hales, Founder of Porkbelly Promotionsand Clare Foster who is one of the founders of Clear Cut Promotions.
The weather showed little mercy as onlookers sat around the fire pits lit up in the vast beer garden between The Left Bank and De Koffie Pot where the acts were playing. Yet everyone seemed happy to be there, as if the sun were shining, and it most certainly warmed up my mood when I met up with the Raptor boys for a bit of banter inside De Koffie Pot before they played the Hereford Rocks Stage.
It was Adam Fletcher’s birthday – Let’s just say his wit was certainly in good form. Why not? It was his special day and his brother Kurt, Front man of the band, was up from Bristol where he is a student at Bristol Institute of Modern Music, and his band was playing a really cool gig with a pretty cool line up that included head liners, Mick Ralphs Blues Band. Hope it ended well Adam, and I do hope shenanigans ensued.
Last Saturday, on a most anticipated Saturday evening, The Hereford Blues Club launched at Hereford’s new venue for live music and performance The Booth Hall. Press gathered, musicians warmed up and promoters chit chatted excitedly, and then the purple velvet curtain swung open as the buzzing public arrived for the amazing night that lay ahead of them.
“These young, local musicians captured the essence of blues that night for me, as well as adding their own musical stamp to the blues style”
John Steven Hales, who established and runs Pork Belly Promotions, with the assistance of his faithful sidekick Clare Foster, who always has a sunny demeanor and runs her own successful promotions entity, Clear Cut Productions, has done Hereford a great service by launching this smokin’ hot Blues Night, a regular occurrence in the city, putting Hereford on the map as a Saturday night destination for live music and blues lovers from afar.
Who doesn’t love a bit of blues? Rock ‘n’ Roll wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the blues – many blues chord progressions are still used in rock today. John, brought two excellent bands to the venue, baby-faced Sweet Talk, who never cease to blow me away, and already signed Troy Redfern. He has many more esteemed acts booked for the Hereford Blues Club bill that are worthy of anticipating. All very exciting for this city indeed.
As I stood there among the crowd, who were in a hypnotic trance taking in the musical vibes the slide guitar style was eminating throughout the venue, I was taken back to a time when I took a road trip through Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, a place where Blues has made a very special home, and a trip in which I was fortunate to pass the Louisiana bayou at dawn, witnessing the craw fishing boats, with their lanterns illuminating the darkeness – then once again reality transported me back to the realization that I was standing in a medieval pub in good ol’ Hereford, England.
These young, local musicians captured the essence of blues that night for me, as well as adding their own musical stamp to the blues style. I suddenly had a warm fuzzy feeling, and a very proud smile on my face knowing these were local Hereford boys.
On 27 March, The Hereford Blues Club brings The Luke Doherty Band, prestigiously nominated for Best Young Blues Artist, to the Booth Hall once again for another crackin’ night. I have seen this band play previously, you don’t want to miss them. They will be supported by The Tetrachords. Can you hear the blues a comin’?