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John Wetton and Deke Leonard

Sad to see the passing away of two more great names from the rock world this week, bass legend John Wetton and Welsh guitar great Deke Leonard.

John Wetton is one of those names that has always been there for me, so many of the band he played with over the years have been, and always will be, amongst my favourite listens, albums that are on constant replay in my life.

I bought the first Asia album on picture disc vinyl when it was released in 1982 and his work with King Crimson marks my favourite era of the band (although I love all their stuff.

The riff to ‘Great Deceiver’ is still mind blowing.

Deke Leonard, though less known, was nonetheless a long standing key member of Man for most of their career, just a few breaks here and there, and featured on the majority of Man albums.

Whilst Man have not been a band that I’ve listened to a lot over the years, thy are undoubtedly iconic here in Wales and I really enjoy the few albums that I do own, notably ‘Rhinos, Winos And Lunatics’ and ‘Slow Motion.

 

 

Update On Larry Miller’s Progress And Fundraiser

Posting this Larry Miller newsletter here on my blog for your information and for those of you who might want to support Larry in any way.

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larryLarry Is Improving After Suffering A Stroke

Please accept our apologies for not updating you sooner on Larry Miller’s situation.

After more than three months, Larry is now out of hospital and progressing. He is some way from coming back to the stage but he aims to make a return by summer 2016.  It is very difficult to predict the time scale of recovery from a stroke and to what extent anyone does recover, each case is different.  Larry’s progress has  taken time and this was to be expected. There has not been a lot to say except Larry’s been improving. He has now begun to pick up the guitar and although he is finding it a little difficult coordinating his right hand with the left, this will improve in time. He has the determination to be back and has been encouraged by so many good wishes via email and social media and by the amount of post he has received including presents. Larry  wants to thank everyone for their kindness.

Larry Miller Fundraiser

Friday 15th January 2015

at The Stables, Wavendon, near Milton Keynes

The majority of Larry’s income comes from playing live gigs and to help out Larry financially, we have organised a fundraising gig at The Stables near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire on Friday 15th January 2016 featuring Larry’s band plus special guest which include ex Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden, Stray’s Del Bromham and Oli Brown. They will be playing songs from three guitarists that influenced Larry i.e Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix and Gary Moore. Many of you have already got tickets but if you want to go and support Larry, hurry as there are now less than 100 tickets available out of originally 400. To buy tickets call as soon as you can the box office: 01908 280800  or online: http://www.stables.org/Whats_on/Event/Larry_Miller_20160115

If you can’t go to the gig, you can still help Larry by purchasing Larry’s CDs and T Shirts. There maybe some of Larry’s CDs you haven’t got or you may want to buy for friends and family for Christmas.

 

We have been inundated with T Shirt orders and unfortunately some sizes are out of stock. However, we are ordering more this week. So if you want one or any CDs, go to: http://www.larrymiller.co.uk/shop.htm  

Please accept our apologies for those still waiting for their T Shirt, but they will be dispatched as soon as we have new stock.

Please send any messages to Larry via email info@rockingtheblues.com or via Facebook. We will ensure they are communicated to Larry appropriately.

If anyone wants to still send a card to Larry Miller by post, please send it to Derek White at RTB Music Agency, 46, Brook Street, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 5ES.

For all enquiries concerning Larry Miller, you can call us on 01296 634991 or email: info@rockingtheblues.com

Thank you for your continued support

www.larrymiller.co.uk

Returning to the Crosskeys Hotel

For a long time I was a member of the Islwyn Acoustic Guitar Club, we met once a month and usually had a guest artist as well as an open mic session. For most of the club’s lifespan it was hosted at the Crosskeys hotel near Risca.

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The Tim Crahart Blues Band played at the club several times, always a great night.

The pub has been shut down for the last couple of years, but it has recently been bought up by a friend of ours and is due to reopen this Saturday night, 31st October and we’re pleased to say that we will be playing a live set for the opening night.

We’ll be kicking off around 8:30pm for a night of blues, gospel, rock and soul. Come along if you can, I’ll buy you a pint!

Cardiff Gig – Ten Feet Tall

A bit short notice, but we are playing in Cardiff this Monday, 5th October. It’s at Ten Feet Tall in Church Street in the Town Centre.

There are two other bands playing, Dora’s Fur and Tony Hands. We are the headline act, playing at 9:30

£3.30 admission.

Here’s a weblink

 

Tim Crahart Blues Band gigs this week.

A couple of gigs this week

 

Just a quick announcement for any of you who are local to South Wales.
Two gigs happening this week:

Thursday 10th September: The Boat Penallt: 9:00pm: free entry

One of our favourite pub gigs, The Boat has a fantastic atmosphere, lovely people and epic real ales and ciders. The only thing we find hard to do there is to stop playing!

Saturday 12th September: St Pauls Church, Newport.

An anniversary celebration for the people of ‘The Lab’. If you fancy coming along I don’t expect anyone would object. 7:30 pm

contact Tim at tim@timcrahartbluesband.co.uk

Thanks guys, see you soon.

Tim, Harvey and Andy.

Music Page

Morning all

I did a quick rebuild of my music page, just sorting it out and organising it really.

Hit the Music link and you will find all the Tim Crahart Blues Band stuff, solo bass bits and bobs and the archived 3rd Day Rising recordings.

You can get them all from the Bandcamp page either for free or Pay What You Want. Also available on iTunes, Amazon etc.

Enjoy!

Andy

‘Blues Like A Prayer’ is now a Pay What You Want download

Grab yourself some great gospel blues  pay whatever you like (or don’t pay anything!)

We released our latest album, ‘Blues Like A Prayer‘ in October last year. We’re really proud of this album and now that it’s been out for a while we’d like to get it out to a wider audience.

So, as of today, the download of the album from Bandcamp goes to ‘Pay What You Want’, the same fantastic deal as our earlier albums.

cd cover_000001Hit the Bandcamp link and get yourself a copy, or ten copies if you like!

Please pass this newsletter to anyone you think would be interested, we want to get the music out there.

Of course, if you do want to slip us a couple of quid we will happily tuck that away underneath Tim’s mattress.

For all those of you who paid a fiver for the download in it’s early days, we thank you and hope you don’t feel ripped off.

A few Autumn gigs coming up, watch for another newsletter soon.

 

contact Tim at tim@timcrahartbluesband.co.uk

 

Thanks guys, see you soon.

 

Tim, Harvey and Andy.

Band gig at Creation Fest

Creation-Fest-2015-alteredThings have been a bit quiet for the Tim Crahart Blues Band recently, but we’ve got a great festival slot coming up soon.

On Sunday 2nd August we will be appearing at Creation Fest in Wadebridge, on stage in the Big Shed Cafe at 6:00 pm.

Tim is a regular attendee at the festival and it was there that he wrote the title track for our second album ‘Isaiah 61 Revisited’.

The festival is free to attend, although camping charges apply, for more details click here.

Hope to see you there, look out for more gigs in the Autumn.

 

Latest Band Newsletter

If you’d like to read the latest newsletter from the Tim Crahart Blues Band. Click Here.

You will find details of a forthcoming radio special, how to get the band albums, including the new one ‘Blues Like A Prayer’, from Amazon, iTunes or Bandcamp, and news of a local gig.

If you’d like to join the band’s mailing list click here:

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