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TS Blues Band - 7th January 2006


The TS Blues Band got the new year off to a flying start at the club's January 2006 session at New Panteg RFC near Pontypool. Club secretary Adrian Powell looks back on the night.

Firstly, the Borough Blues Club would like to wish all members and friends a very Happy and Healthy New Year. Without doubt this was the way to start the New Year off at the Borough Blues Club!

The TS Blues Band is a no-nonsense, down and out R & B band, time-machined straight out of the mid Sixties - if you like your blues rough and dirty, these are the boys to listen to!

This cracking four-piece band is made up of:

  • Drums - Kirby Stevens
  • Bass - Jeff Watkins
  • Guitar and Backing Vocals - Jamie Wilkins
  • Guitar and Lead Vocals - Steve Johnson

Yes, an unusual two lead guitar blues band, both dueling, and complementing each other.

As usual we opened our doors at 7.30, and as is the norm now, we had quite a crowd waiting to come in, with everyone seeming determined to start the year with bang.

The house was three-quarters full at 7.50, and we entertained our members with 'Canned Blues' until the band came on, the scene was set, and the atmosphere was right, and we were ready and waiting for the first set.

The boys kicked off with an instrumental called Night Shift, this was followed in swift succession by a varied selection including; Crossroads (Cream style), Hoochie Coochie Man (Their own style!), You Don't Love Me (this was 'Moore-ish' - think about it!, All Your Love (Very Clapton-ish), and Statesboro Blues, plus many more in between.

The first set seemed to be over in next to no time, and we were able to take gather our breath during the band's well earned break.

The second set started with a great standard, Driving South which ran straight into T-Bone Shuffle.

We were then treated to numbers like; Reconsider Baby, Something Bout a Woman, Tore Down, and a fantastic Alman Brothers version of Stormy Monday, and of course no blues night would be complete without the sublime Steppin Out.

By the middle of this set, our members were up and giving it some on the dancefloor - Yes; you can dance to real Rhythm & Blues! and this made the night complete.

TS played to the end of their set, but our members wouldn't let them go, so they played two encores which took us up to the end of our night.

By this time the band were beat, and so were we and we had to call it a done-deal. In retrospect another great night at the Borough Blues Club, and a fantastic start to the New Year.

Hope to see you all again on 18 February 2006 for Junior Hacksaw.






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