12 March 2022

Dave Thomas and James Goodwin are a unique combination.

Each of them has established a reputation as a world-class blues musician: Dave as a singer, songwriter, guitar player and band leader and James as a blues and boogie woogie piano player of astounding ability.

Together they are more than a sum of the parts. They dig down so deep in the blues it will touch your soul. They play the kind of house-rocking music that will also get your soles tapping.

Prepare for some real, good-time blues.

“Dave Thomas is a real breath of fresh air.”

“James Goodwin … as good as anybody I’ve heard on the UK scene.”

“One of the best outfits on the British scene.”

“They don’t simply merit your attention, they positively command it.”

“ … a heady cocktail.”
Phil Wight, Blues & Rhythm magazine

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17 April 2022

Alvin is known as one of the world's foremost practitioners of Country Blues and a Shakedown return is long overdue
Based on Gerard's review of Alvin's 2012 appearance at Shakedown, it promises to be well worth the wait

Alvin turned up on time and the sound check was easily run through with snippets of various numbers including ‘Big Mamas House’ which was played in it entirety - which pleased me no end. Two and a half hours later Alvin, with some tweaking of strings beforehand, launched into ‘Mama Don’t Allow’ and my worries dissipated. Classic covers and self-penned songs melded comfortably and effortlessly in his hands. In-between songs he talked to the audience whilst tuning his guitar. For the most part the chat was relevant to the songs but sometimes it seemed a series of random thoughts. But it all added to the wonderful atmosphere of the night. Three sets later he sang ‘Big Mamas House’ and was called back for an encore and he sang Dylan’s ‘Just Like A Woman’. To end the evening with a pretty song showed impeccable taste.

August 2012

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3 September 2022

'Shakedown favourite' DOUG MACLEOD will be back in AUTUMN 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 that was the 2nd time we've had to move.
But we're delighted that at the 3rd time of trying, Doug's now booked in for 3rd Sept 2022.

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.

As St Kyneburgha church approaches its 900th year, it will provide a wonderful space for Doug's very personal style of blues, on his 9th visit to Shakedown since 2005 and first since 2014.

If you're not on our e mail list, sign up today http://www.shakedownblues.co.uk/signup.php and enjoy first dibs (for Dubb ;-) ) when tickets go on sale in Summer2022.

Congratulations to Doug, who is the 2020 Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year in the 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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LIL' JIMMY REED - awaiting 2022 Tour dates
1 October 2022

SORRY FOLKS - LIL' JIMMY'S 2021 UK TOUR will likely be later on in 2022. DATES STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED

We were looking forward to welcoming one of the last of the 'down home' Louisiana bluesmen from the U.S of A.
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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