The Borough Blues Club Newsletter
1st October Gig Review – “Tin Pan Alley”
Tin Pan Alley played powerful blues all night at the BBC. Shame their keyboard player couldn’t make it but the band stayed strong and held it together with a tightness and intensity rarely heard. Starting at the back with one of the biggest drum kits ever seen at a blues gig was Steve Byrne, solid all night with the necessary blues subtleties when required, culminating with a Led Zeppelin Moby Dick-esk drum solo!!! Nick Broughton on Bass provided the other half of the rhythm section who came into his own on the funkier numbers and added vocals throughout their performance, and finally, Mark Coombes, on lead guitar and vocals. This guy played his heart out (and must have worn the soles of his shoes out too!). Playing without the support of the keyboard player did not worry this guy… truly outstanding. It was all there, blistering solos, great chord work and vocals to boot!
The numbers performed ranged from Stevie-Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker to Albert King and a smattering of self penned songs added to the mix. Blues with a feeling –what a great number!!
All-in-all a fantastic night for the audience, and the band seemed to enjoy themselves as much as the crowd – this is always a good sign that things are going well. After the gig, the response from the members about Tin Pan Alley was very positive, and as a result we hope to have them back at the club again some time next year.
Hopefully, if you were there on 1st October, you would have noticed some of the improvements and actions we have taken following your feedback.
The lighting was much better, hopefully creating the right ambience for a Blues Club. Management of attendance at the gig via ticketing seems to have solved the “Sardines in a Can Syndrome”, for the time being at least, more on that below. Whilst we were just under full capacity it was much more comfortable and relaxed. The room temperature and smoky atmosphere was much improved and finally but by no means least, real ale was on sale and “Sold Out” toward the end of the evening. Thanks to New Panteg RFC for accommodating our liquid refreshment needs.
You may also have noticed a big improvement with the increased size of the stage. Special thanks to Daz Malson for giving up his Saturday morning to apply his trade! (his day job that is).
Thanks also to Jane & Pat (Committee Members Wives) for making the new material tablecloths…..……Oo-er, a very up-market blues club!!
Nothing to good for our club!!
So thanks for your feedback, we do listen and if possible accommodate your needs – except for one members request to book Jimi Hendrix to perform at the BBC….…..he’s dead!!
You can keep the feedback coming in via direct contact with committee members or via the web site message board / forum, so please let us know your views.
We now have in excess of 170 members and we intend to continue with the current pre-bookable ticketing arrangement for gig nights for the short-term future at least, on a first come, first served basis with any surplus made available on the night at the door. A regular cohort will emerge over time; we can then review this process.
Tickets are available via committee members to guarantee admission on the night – when the house is full……the house is full!!!!! Ticket prices: - £4.00 members, £5.00 non-members. All tickets (including pre-ordered) will be issued at the door on the gig night.
In addition, tickets will be available on 5th November for the next forthcoming gig: - Debbie Lear & Paul McDonough Blues Band.