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Blues Infusion - 3rd September 2005


What a band - what a night - what a club!!


When a small group of blues lovers decided to start up a 'small' club, little did they know how successful the first night would be.


The evening was opened by our Chairman, Mr John Dixon, who welcomed everyone to the club, and outlined what the club's committee were trying to achieve.


At the end of his speech, John introduced the very first live band at the Borough Blues Club - Blues Infusion.


We deliberately chose this local band to start the venture off, because one of the objectives of the club is to support local rhythm and blues musicians, and we had heard some good things about them.

But what an inspired choice this turned out to be - with a selection of songs by the likes of BB King, Albert King, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, blues old and not so old, it was a fantastic night.

It is no wonder that these musicians had such good reviews at the Upton Blues Festival earlier this summer. It just goes to show what a wealth of talent we have in the Eastern Valleys.

The doors were due to open at 7.30, but by 7.15 we already had a queue. So from then on we had a constant stream of members, and visitors who signed up for membership on the night, and by 9.00 we closed the doors as we were full. Absolutely amazing!


What really impressed us was that we had guests from other clubs, and it was good to see friends from Blaenavon Valleyblues and from Torfaen Jazz Society. We even had visitors from as far away as Cardiff.

It's just like going back to the 60's, when R&B was seen as the 'in thing' and it had a huge following. Let's hope that musicians with clubs like ours can keep this style of music in the 'up front'.
This was a fantastic start for the club, and now we must work for an equally good night for Saturday 1st October when we play host to the band Tin Pan Alley.




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