#558: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] has always been pleased to not only feature artistes and bands from the ELOBF universe but to also support local bands and venues too. Hence it was an easy decision to not only publicise but attend [most of] the Bridge Inn Beer & Blues Festival [BIBBF] during last Saturday 22nd June.
And with a ten band roster that included Rumours Of Spring; Ben Frost; Paul Brindley; Cold Ocean Lies; Steve Ajao And The Blues Giants; Brothers Groove; The Laurence Jones Band; The Peeky Blinders; The Hidden featuring Mike Kellie and culminating with The Steve Gibbons Band, the inaugural Bridge Inn Beer & Blues Festival more than satisfied its potential.
|The Laurence Jones Band in full effect ...|
|Peeky Blinders' Brian Travers sax soloing ..|
|Yours Truly KJS with Tony Kelsey and Julian Crook ...|
|In full flow: The Hidden ...|
Tony swapped his trusty rhythm guitar for a bass with Julian contributing his keyboard and vocal skills to a new band who could really be termed a super group in the making! In a sentence, their hour long set was absolutely and literally top notch in every department, performing songs from debut album "Music from ... The Hidden" as well as a sublime cover of The Byrds' "Eight Miles High" in a memorable performance.
|KJS with Steve Gibbons ...|
The highlight of our discussion was Steve telling me that at one Uglys gig in downtown Birmingham in the mid-Sixties, that their then guitarist was somewhat unreliable in attendance and that a certain young man in the front row of the audience spotted the problem in the build up to the band going on stage and proceeded to offer his services as he knew most of the songs that the band were then playing. That young man did successfully stand in the gap that night and his name was Jeff Lynne!
|Class Act: The excellent Steve Gibbons Band ...|
ELOBF has now attended now attended both the Bridge Inn Beer & Blues Festival and Brewood Music Festival over the last two couple of years and both organizing committees should be rightly praised for delivering such magnificent music festivals to the village of Brewood. My thanx are again extended to The Bridge Inn and Jason Bate of The Village Times for the courtesy extended to ELO Beatles Forever [ELOBF] for this event. We can now begin looking forward to the Brewood Music Festival in 2014.
COMING SOON: ELOBF GIG GUIDE : Q3 2013
Until next "Time" in the ELO [and related] Universe ... KJS ... 25-June-2013