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Blues State UK December 2007

It was a welcome return to the Borough Blues Club for Eddie Gartry and the boys………Blues State UK.

Last at the club in September ’06 for the first anniversary gig when they went down a storm, it was nice to see Eddie, Richie Davies, Mickey Jones, Rob Venables and LJ Hamilton back in the fold..

It was a good turn as expected providing a great start to the party season, and the boys were in superb form providing the soundtrack to the night.

They kicked off with Chuck Berry’s “Don’t Lie to Me” and then jumped straight into “Wish You Would” by Billy Boy Arnold without stopping to catch their breath.

They stormed their way right through to the interval taking the likes of Muddy Waters, BB King, Slim Harpo and john Lee Hooker with them finishing up with Big Joe Williams’ “Please Don’t Go”.

Thankfully they didn’t and they kicked off the second half with an excellent version of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”. Not strictly blues, but hey we can forgive them that when they’re this good. Covering Dylan isn’t such a heinous crime anyway. Just ask Jimi………..if only we could.

They were soon back to business with “Boogie Chillin’, and our ex Chairman was heard to shout “Yahoo”. Perhaps he’d already consumed a little too much Christmas cheer or perhaps he was just enjoying a fantastic evening of live music.

It was a rollicking second set which included a few more from Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters, Little Walter and JJ Cale to name-check just a few.

Before we knew it the night was up and the band finished off the crowd with a montage of “Mustang Sally” & “Wild Thing”.

Once again, a superb night of blues at the BBC, and thanks once more to Eddie and the boys. Hopefully see you in 2008.


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