LIL' JIMMY REED - Tickets now on sale
8 August 2022

After 2 years and some (understandable) 'false starts' we are delighted to be welcoming the last of the 'down home' Louisiana bluesmen from the U.S of A.
Accompanied by his long time accomplices, British blues piano legend Bob Hall and Hilary Blythe on Bass.
Venue: Fitzwilliam Suite, The Cresset, Rightwell East, Bretton centre, Peterborough PE3 8DX

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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.

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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 was also one of the Headliners of the Wickham Festival, where he returns this summer, 2 days before Shakedown, so time for a 'breather' :-)

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 gets better with time".

VENUE: Fitzwilliam Suite, The Cresset, Rightwell East, Bretton centre, Peterborough PE3 8DX

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3 September 2022

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

Tickets will go on sale on 1st July 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.

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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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