The Borough Blues Club Newsletter
11th March 2006 Gig Review – “Snatch It Back”
“Snatch It Back” have been around in one form or another since 1983. During this time various members have come and gone, and even returned. But one thing is for sure, the quality of the music has not suffered in any way due to any of the changes.
Throughout the last twenty-three years the driving force of the band has been, and still is, the lead singer and ‘Harp’ supremo, Mr. Chris Rees, together with bass player Mr. Paul Higgins, and some two years later were joined by; lead guitarist Mr. Dave Dearnaley, between them, and a succession of other musicians, the band has survived to the present day and is still very much a driving force for good old-fashioned Rhythm & Blues music in South Wales.
And so, last Saturday the line-up consisted of : - Chris Rees on Vocals and Harp, Dave Dearnaley on Lead Guitar and backing vocals, Paul Higgins on Bass and backing vocals, and last but not least, Ian Davies on drums.
The guys kicked off with an up-beat number to get the feet tapping, namely Slim Harpo’s “Scratch my Back”. This was followed in quick succession by “Tough Enough” (by?? – send answers on the back of used £5 notes to - - -), “Neighbor Neighbor”, – (as played by Jerry Garcia), “Forty-four Blues” (by Howlin’ Wolf) – (Stunning Slide Guitar on this), and then Tampa Red’s, “Don’t You Lie to Me”. The first set carried on in this vein, and it was obvious that our members were really enjoying ‘buzz’ from the music, the band finished this set with; “Checkin’ up on my Baby” (Junior Wells), and finally “Boogie Woogie Twist” – bit of a dance number to leave them wanting more in the second half.
Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Too Many Drivers” was the choice for the start of the second set; this is a real good rock/blues number, and Definately gets people in the ‘mood’. The rest of the evening was spent in a blur of enjoyment with the band playing almost non-stop combining more dance- like numbers for our more energetic members, with some more traditional R & B styled numbers in between.
The set finally came to an end, and with enthusiastic applause the band left the stage, but it was only for a short break as our members insisted on at least one encore, and Chris and the boys duly complied, with a brilliant rendition of; well, what else but Junior Wells’ “Snatch It Back”; a perfect end to what everyone felt was a cracking night.
It only remained to thank Snatch It Back for the music, and our members for their support, and wish all well until 1st April when we play host to Blue Traffic
Please keep supporting your Borough Blues Club at New Panteg RFC.
And we hope to see you all again on:-
1st April 2006 for Blue Traffic
In the last newsletter we had to convey a members feelings regarding the chitty-chatter that had been noticed whilst a performance is going on. Thank you to everyone who attended the Snatch it Back gig, respect for the band and each other was much improved.
Keep up to date with news and such via the borough blues club website, which now contains all the gig reviews to date! (www.boroughblues.com)
Gig reviews (with photos) can also be viewed at the other BBC site (you know the broadcasters!) www.bbc.co.uk/wales/southeast/sites/music
If any member has an idea as to how we can further improve our club, please relay it to a member of the committee. It’s your club – you tell us what you want, and we’ll do our best for you. If you can help in promoting the club, via contacts you may have, please let us know. We’re not really going in search of more and more members, just an opportunity to increase the profile of our club and celebrate its success thus far.
You can keep the feedback coming in via direct contact with committee members, (see bottom of page for names) or via the web site message board / forum, so please let us know your views.
The real ale is going down a treat on gig nights – remember shut tap is midnight!!
Blues Workshop Project
We have held two workshops so far and the interest in growing. We are still learning and formulating some structures around the workshops.
Those who have attended have reassured us that they’ve got something from it and that it is indeed a worthwhile cause to pursue. It you’re interested or would like more information please contact one of the committee.
You have to be a member of the Borough Blues Club to attend and its £2.00 per session.
Dates of workshops: 27th February 2006
13th March 2006
27th March 2006
10th April 2006
Gigs and Tickets
The membership is still increasing and demand for tickets becoming greater. We are starting to establish a regular cohort of members to each of the gigs, thank you for your support and commitment to the club. New-comers to the club are overwhelmed with the support we have ……….. Keep it going!! Ticketing arrangements seem to be working with a vast proportion purchased on a gig night for the next forthcoming event. Of course any remaining tickets will be available from the committee members – you know who they are!!!
Tickets will, as usual, be on a first come first served basis. No reservations without payment!! (A pertinent note from our strict Mr. Treasurer!)
Some returned tickets may be available on the door on the night, but please remember;
When the house is Full……the house is Full!!!!!
Ticket prices: - £4.00 members, £5.00 guests.
All pre-paid tickets not received, will be issued at the door on the gig night.
(Subject to usual name and address confirmation)