DANA GILLESPIE & the Dave Thomas band
23 October 2021

"I believe the blues should be sung by an older person because it's about emotions and experience. I couldn't do justice to it when I was younger because my voice didn't have the edge it needed to convey the emotion, nor did I have the first hand experience to sing about blue themes convincingly.

But after 45 years in music and over 60 albums Dana Gillespie is well qualified to sing the blues. A career that combined radio, theatre, film and sport (she was once British junior water-skiing champion) with music, Dana has been in the public eye since recording her first album at the age of 15.
Her music has evolved from folk in the 60s through 70s Bowie-esque glam-rock to the raunchy in-your-face blues she performs today. here she is in 2017 from her repertoire of 'Risque blues' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GM0ZQQQXmfg

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Dana Gillespie has been dedicated to the blues from an early age: "I discovered the blues when I went to the American Folk Blues Festival in 1962 and also to see the Yardbirds at the Marquee Club. I was in my early teens and hadn't heard anything like it before - blues wasn't easily available in the UK back then".
Bessie Smith especially inspired her because of her combination of sly, funny and bawdy lyrics. "Blues was my first musical love because it's earthy, spiritual and honest."

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20 November 2021

Ian Siegal is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, bandleader and recording artist whose music encompasses Blues and Americana

One of the most gifted singers & writers in contemporary blues - MOJO Magazine

On a tip off by the promoter, Joe Cushley, Martin caught Ian's show at Dingwalls in 2019. 1st half, a wonderful set of Delta blues and for the 2nd set some blistering electric style blues played and sung with a swagger. Wonderful stuff.

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At the inaugural British Blues Awards in 2010, Siegal won Best Band.
In the following three years, he collected awards in various categories including Best Male Vocalist, Best Solo Artist, Best Album, and Best Song.
He was one the early inductees to the British Blues Awards Hall of Fame.

In 2005 he released the first of several albums on the Nugene label. Meat & Potatoes was recorded with Nikolaj Bjerre (drums), Andy Graham (bass), Jonny Henderson (organ), and with guitar contributions by Matt Schofield, who also acted as producer.Two further albums with the same line up follows: in 2007 Swagger and in 2009 Broadside, the latter picked by MOJO magazine as blues album of the year. A year earlier, he released his first solo acoustic album, 2008's The Dust.

His 2011 release, The Skinny, was recorded in North Mississippi when Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars was hired as record producer and also played on the album. Other American musicians were Robert Kimbrough, on guitar, Garry Burnside on bass, and on drums Rod Bland. Guesting were Alvin Youngblood Hart and Duwayne Burnside. This album was nominated in the 2012 Blues Music Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album.

A return visit to the Dickinson's Zebra Ranch studio in Coldwater, Mississippi, resulted in the 2012 album, Candy Store Kid, credited to Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods.

This album was also nominated for a Blues Music Award in the Contemporary Blues Album category.[2] This album was also produced by Cody Dickinson.
Other musicians included Garry Burnside, Luther Dickinson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Lightnin' Malcolm, and a trio of backing singers Stefanie Bolton, Sharisse Norman, and Shontelle Norman.

In 2012, Ian Siegal & The Mississippi Mudbloods performed at the Manchester Bluesfest recorded by the BBC. Later he was the guest interviewee on Paul Jones'BBC Radio 2 show.

An appearance at the London Bluesfest in 2013 resulted in an album release (April 2014) entitled Man & Guitar recorded by the BBC and released by Nugene Records.

In a twist to his career, he played for several years with France's Orchestre National de Jazz in a program of Billie Holiday songs entitled Broadway in Satin. Backed by a 12-piece orchestra of young hand-picked musicians and accompanied by the French singer Karen Lanaud, Siegal performed Broadway in Satin at festivals across France and South America and East Africa.[3]

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DOUG MACLEOD (March/April 2022 date tba)
1 April 2022

'Shakedown favourite' DOUG MACLEOD will be back in APRIL 2022.

Doug originally had to postpone his 2020 UK&Ireland and Swiss Tour due to COVID-19 Pandemic, and we were all booked in for Spring 2021 BUT....sadly we've had to move again , to coincide with the latest revision of Doug's tour.

We're of course very excited to have our old friend 'Dubb', come over from Memphis TN and play his wonderful Troubadour style Acoustic Blues.
The Village Hall as 'juke joint' should provide a wonderful space for Doug's very personal style of blues, on his 9th visit to Shakedown since 2005.

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Congratulations to Doug, who is the 2020 Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year in the recent Blues Music Awards
...and previous Winner of 2018 Acoustic Blues album of the year for 'Break the chain'

"Doug MacLeod, now there’s a man who can really play the blues.”
- David Honeyboy Edwards, Delta Blues Legend

" One of the great blues artists... period! " - Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane)

"...easily one of the most accomplished and admired acoustic bluesmen of his generation... this is an album that showcases MacLeod's captivating, talented artistry to the full."
- Iain Patience, Music News Nashville

"Doug MacLeod is an acoustic roots master. He has been using guitars and voice to create his own unique musical vision for over fifty years...
- Elwood Blues aka Dan Aykroyd, The Bluesmobile Radio Show

"Even if the powers that be discover how brilliant he is, and the O2 Arena or Jools Holland and TV beckon, I fervently hope that Dubb will never consider it beneath his dignity to play a gig in that little village hall in Castor from time to time to tell his stories to a rapt audience, being me, hanging off every word. I promise I will be there"
'Dr' Dick Cartmel May 2014

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1 August 2022

We were looking forward to welcoming one of the last of the 'down home' Louisiana bluesmen from the U.S of A, but sadly now not until next year 2022.
Hopefully we'll see him then with his long time accomplices, British blues piano legend Bob Hall and Hilary Blythe on Bass.
How Blue can you get? Well you can find out here https://youtu.be/lnVyobXB4Vo

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LIL' JIMMY REED - the last of the Louisiana bluesmen
Leon Atkins, better known as Lil' Jimmy Reed, is the real deal, as will be attested to by anyone who has been privileged to hear his stinging guitar work, gritty vocals and haunting harmonica. A tall charismatic figure, Lil' Jimmy epitomises the classic Louisiana down-home blues tradition.
His many fans recognise that Lil' Jimmy's performances are almost the last chance to hear the raw, unadulterated sound of authentic Louisiana blues.

In Lil' Jimmy's band, BOB HALL is an award-winning pianist and founder member of several famous 60s/70s British blues bands including The Groundhogs and Savoy Brown.
He has accompanied many world-class bluesmen - John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and Little Walter, to name just a few.
His partner, diminutive dynamo HILARY BLYTHE, is an outstanding blues and gospel singer and rock steady bassist.

Born Leon Atkins in the late 1930s in a shot-gun shack in Hardwood, Louisiana, a small cotton and sawmill town on the Mississippi River, Leon grew up near a club where every night he absorbed the wail of the blues from across the street. At six he had his own guitar, made from a cigar box, and by the time he was a teenager he was proficient on both guitar and harmonica, playing local clubs around Baton Rouge. Filling-in one night for blues star Jimmy Reed earned him the sobriquet LIL' JIMMY REED and started him on the long path to success.

After years of playing small clubs and taverns, Lil' Jimmy took time out to serve his country in the military. Since his return to civilian life his career has blossomed. He has shared the stage with B.B. King and Bobby 'Blue' Bland and head-lined festivals in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Spain and Switzerland.
In August 2020 he is also one of the Headliners of the Wickham Festival

In the sixties, the blues came to Britain and inspired a generation of teenagers who in turn took the music to international success.
Prominent among these young men was the critically-acclaimed pianist BOB HALL , whose distinctive blues and boogie style on 100s of recordings has influenced a host of others.
Bob is long serving member of SAVOY BROWN, and guests with THE BLUES BAND, featuring Paul Jones, Dave Kelly and Tom McGuinness.
Bob was a long time collaborator with Alexis Korner and in addition to Hooker, the Wolf, Chuck and Walter, Bob has accompanied:
Jimmy Witherspoon, Homesick James, Lightnin' Slim, Lowell Fulsom, Charlie Musselwhite, Snooky Pryor, J. B. Hutto, Lazy Lester, Dave Peabody, Baby Boy Warren, Eddie "Guitar" Burns, Eddie Taylor, Big John Wrencher, Mickey Baker, and Eddy Clearwater.

Bob and his wife, the dynamic singer and rock-steady bassist HILARY BLYTHE, have joined forces with Lil' Jimmy to form The Lil' Jimmy Reed Band. Over the past seven years this tight little outfit has given a series of show-stopping performances all over Europe.

Lil Jimmy Reed continues to play all over the US and Europe and as he happily says "life just get better with time".

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