Daily Archives: July 18, 2014

The annual Blue Fest is upon us, but we mourn the loss of a Blues legend



This weekend sees the Ealing Blues Festival return to Walpole Park. For a second year running the event will last two days, instead of a usual one. The history of Ealing and rhythm and blues music is intertwined, so Ealing hosting the largest solely Blues festival in Britain makes sense. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s West London was the hub for the Rhythm and Blues explosion. The Rolling Stones met at the Ealing Jazz Club (now the Red Rooms). John McVie (Fleetwood Mac bassist) was born in South Ealing. John Entwistle’s Mum (bassist of The Who) ran a pub in Ealing. Marshall Amps were founded in Hanwell, where they still have a shop today and Led Zeppelin used to rehearse in Hanwell. Rich history indeed! Enough of the past what of the present (and future). We that’s looking pretty bright too. The highlight of the festival will be The Chairs playing on Sunday evening. Their mixture of classic blues, with an almost progressive twist (think Mars Volta) is something that needs to be witnessed live!



Keeping with the blues theme I was saddened to hear that Johnny Winter had died yesterday. He was only 70 years old. At the moment there is no information as to why he died, but it was two days after his last gig at a blues festival in France. This is sad news (especially as he was still recording and playing live as the video below shows).




Winter is one of the greatest guitarists ever. His style of playing is immediately recognisable and he was an innovator. The only problem I had with this music was that I wasn’t a fan of his singing voice, but this is just me being pedantic. A truly exceptional talent has now gone. But as least we’ll have his music for ever. RIP Johnny Winter.




Johnny Winter-Rollin’ and Tumblin’



July 2014