Welcome fellow blues lovers. I trust you are all keeping warm this month with a good dose of rhythm and a shot or two of blues. As always there is plenty happening in June.
Steve Grieve & The Mourners are playing at the Polish White Eagle Club on Saturday 9th & have offered CBS members a $5 discount on tickets at the door. Make sure you show your membership card. CBS presents acoustic blues luminary Lloyd Spiegel ‘Back Roads’ on Sunday 10th. Doors open at 3pm & show starts at 3.30pm. To find out about more gigs, check the calendar on our website at http://www.canberrabluessociety.com.au
This month’s Blues Jam will be hosted by the Black Hat Band on Sunday 16th. Our June workshop Jam on 6th was the best so far, with our biggest attendance & lots of good feedback from participants. These jams are for aspiring blues players and singers who don’t quite feel confident to get up at the main jam but would like to play in an ensemble situation in a supportive atmosphere. The next workshop Jam will be held on Wednesday 4 July, so pencil that date in your diaries.
This will be my last Presidential musing for a while as my family and I are relocating to the UK in July for the next six to twelve months. The last twelve months has been a real pleasure albeit with a few challenges thrown in and I hope to continue my involvement in some capacity on our return. I’ve decided to throw myself a going away party gig at the Austrian Club in Mawson on Friday 29 June and have organised a rare outing for my bands The Seventh Sons and Judi Pearce and the Arrangement. Judi and Nicky slayed the audience at the last blues jam. The gig kicks off at around 7.30 and admission is free. We’d love to see you there.
International Blues Music Day is fast approaching & we are looking for volunteers. If you can spare a few hours of your time it would be greatly appreciated. Please email Kerry Scarlett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership renewals are due by the end of this month, so if you’d like to keep receiving member benefits & our monthly Blues News please renew by 30th June.
Finally I’d like to thank all the dedicated people who put so much effort into organising our events, most of them regularly finding themselves going above and beyond the call of duty. Even so, the only real success must be measured in terms of our membership and patronage and on that basis we would certainly be one of the most successful Blues Societies in Australia, an achievement we should all be proud of.
Bye for now and I’ll keep you posted on the British Blues scene.
El Presidente (Deano)