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Eddie Martin at Milford Blues Night

The next Milford Blues Night is Saturday 29 April 2017, featuring Eddie Martin playing solo (an acoustic set) and with his band. For further details see and for the venue

Ari Eisinger at Milford - October 1, 2017

I'm delighted to announce the appearance of Ari Eisinger as our headliner at Milford on Sunday 1 October 2017. Tis show is part of his UK tour this autumn

Blues Special with Martin McNeil - September 9, 2017


The Thomas Tripp

Lymington Folk & Blues Club: Blues Special 8.15pm

Stanford Road
Lymington GB SO41
GB +44 1590 689 047
Price: Free


Blues Special, featuring Martin McNeil support from local blues players

Joe Filisko & Eric Noden at Milford Blues Night - August 5, 2017

The next Milford Blues Night is on Saturday 5 August. We have been fortunate in getting these two internationally recognised, professional American blues artists to play for us on their last day in England, just before their return to USA

Sons Of The Delta at Milford Blues Night - December 30, 2016

The next Blues Night at Milford Community Centre is at Sat 28 Jan 2017, featuring the brilliant Sons Of The Delta performing both an acoustic duo set and the full band. Support from Pete Minkey and friends

Rag Mama Rag - October 20, 2016


Saturday 29 October is the next in the series of Blues Nights at Milford Community Centre
We proudly present Rag Mama Rag (possibly the finest acoustic blues duo on this planet at present) with an opening set from The Bob Long Trio featuring Lorna Franklin and Keith Miller. Tickets £10. Show starts 8pm. Doors 7.30pm



St Louis Blues - Video - August 14, 2016

Walk Right In performed by The Bob Long Trio - June 24, 2016

Here's a video of The Bob Long Trio live at Ringwood Folk Club, performing Gus Cannon's Walk Right In

Poole Quay Blues Festival - May 15, 2016

Poole Blues Festival 16-18 September 2016 " Blues On The Quay" visit the website 


and Facebook


Milford Blues Night: 16 July 2016: Jon Walsh Blues Band - May 8, 2016

The next Blues Night at Milford Community Centre is on Saturday 16 July 2016, featuring the Jon Walsh Blues Band, supported by an opening performance from Martin Wood

Milford Blues Night : 26 March 2016 - February 28, 2016


The next Milford Blues Night, on Saturday 26 March, hosted by Bob Long, will feature Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion


 ‘A dynamic and distinctive, multi award winning British blues band’


    Zoë and the band have come right to the fore of the British Blues Scene as a result of an intensely busy, exciting and creative three years.  Their latest live recording 'I'll Be Yours Tonight’ (Jun 2015) is their fourth release in three years.  It follows hard on the heels of the acclaimed studio albums 'Exposed' and 'The Blues Don't Scare Me', both of which generated a series of awards and nominations including Runner-Up for ‘Best Band’ in the 2015 British Blues Awards, plus Runner-Up for Zoë in the 2014 & 2015 British Blues Awards.  


"Their exemplary song writing skills coupled with outstanding performance, puts them at the very edge of triumph on the world blues scene." - Ian McKenzie, Blues In The South, UK 2015


"Zoë, once again proving that there is not a better female blues singer in the UK and probably far beyond."  Dave Scott, Blues In Britain, June 2015


  Their exciting live set is based around the band's rootsy originals; featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements and exciting grooves, providing the perfect vehicle for Zoë's yearning, passionate and commanding vocal style, and Rob's unmistakable touch and flow on guitar.  The highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ, and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive musical authority with the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions.

    Zoë has made a considerable impact in a very short space of time and is one of those new artists that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the thriving UK blues scene.


"A whip-crack band.. expressive voice... impressive material" - Pete Feenstra, Classic Rock's ‘The Blues Magazine’, UK, 2014


"Incendiary vocal, guitar and organ work" - Ed Mitchell, The Blues Magazine, 2015


Doors and bar open 7.30pm. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £10.


Milford Blues Night: December 12 The Spikedrivers - November 27, 2015

Next in the series of Blues Nights at Milford will be The Spikedrivers  Saturday, 12 December

Press Release: The Spikedrivers at Milford Blues Night, Saturday 12 December 2015. Milford Community Centre.


The next Blues Night at Milford on Saturday 12 December, hosted by Bob Long, will feature The Spikedrivers.

The Spikedrivers are one of the most original, innovative and exciting bands on the live music circuit. The bluesy combination of Ben Tyzack's sublime slide guitar, Constance Redgrave's deceptively simple bass lines, Maurice McElroy's precise drumming and percussion, along with their distinctive vocals and harmonies, creates a sound that is familiar yet different to anything you've ever heard before. Their roots are firmly in the Mississippi Delta, but their songwriting and arranging talents bring them right up to date. 

Their music has been described as 'haunting', 'gutsy', 'tribal' and even ‘psychedelic’. Spikedrivers are the new sound of transatlantic blues.

Supporting The Spikedrivers, there will be an opening set from myself, Dennis Rigg and Lorna Franklin

Doors and bar open 7.30pm. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £10.


Milford Blues Night:September 12: Del Rey & Adam Franklin - June 22, 2015

Press Release: Del Rey and Adam Franklin at Milford Blues Night, Saturday 12 September 2015. Milford Community Centre.


The next Blues Night at Milford on Saturday 12 September, hosted by Bob Long, will feature Del Rey from The USA (the first time we have hosted an American blues artiste) and Adam Franklin.

“Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine

“Whilst known for her amazing instrumental skills … it should not be overlooked that she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humour.”  Blues In Britain

“Del Rey is one of the most sublime modern guitarists.” La Hora del Blues Barcelona

Visit Del Rey’s website at

Adam Franklin is a superb exponent of blues and ragtime from a Golden Age of American music. With a voice that is both powerful and soulful and equally at home on guitar and resonator ukulele, Adam’s performances are intense, energetic and highly entertaining. He makes his way through the pre-war American songbook, mixed with original songs that sound like they were written 80 years ago.Playing solo, his guitar is a band in a box and the floor is a drum kit.

Visit Adam Franklin’s website

Doors and bar open 7.30pm. Show starts 8pm. Tickets £10.


Giles Hedley at Milford Blues Night 13 June 2015 - March 16, 2015

The next Blues Night at Milford on Saturday 13 June, will feature veteran bluesman, Giles Hedley. The show will include two sets from Giles; an acoustic duo set and a trio set, more in Chicago blues style with bass and drums

Giles has been singing and playing roots blues, solo and with The Aviators, across the UK and Europe since the sixties, on guitars acoustic and electric, and harmonicas - his trademark is simultaneous nose-and-mouth harmonica playing! He's a regular on blues festival and club circuits in England and on the continent, and has featured repeatedly on radio in England and France.


Giles's passion is to share the emotion of a blues song. Critics and audiences say he draws them into the blues feeling - joyous, ribald or sad - like no other. Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown's legendary drummer once called him "the funkiest singer I've heard in Europe"!


Perhaps that’s why The Times’s critic said “He sings and a whole bar-room is rapt”, and Blues Matters called him “one hell of an entertainer”. The French magazine Blues & Co described a recent set as “ Un moment de pur blues, fait d’émotion et de feeling” – which doesn’t need translating!


Dazzling, funky, rhythmic interplay and groove are The Aviators' key features - one reason why they're in demand for party gigs as well as blues festivals!

Dave Kelly at Milford Blues Night - March 16, 2015

The Milford Blues Night on Saturday 14 March featured Dave Kelly, doing one of his solo, acoustic performances to a full house, which was excellent. He was supported by Elsie Franklin, a hugely talented young lady, still in her teens, playing the songs of Memphis Minnie and others from the 1920s and 1930s

Also doing a support spot to open the second half, were Bob Long and Keith Miller. Here's a link to their performance of Tommy Johnson's Big Road Blues

Dan Sowerby Band at Milford - September 7, 2014

 Milford Blues Night: Dan Sowerby Band: Saturday 22 November 2014


The next in the series of Milford Blues night is on Saturday 22 November, featuring The Dan Sowerby Band. The venue is The Milford-on-Sea Community Centre and tickets (£9) are on sale in advance. The show starts at 8pm ( doors open 7.30pm)

 The Dan Sowerby Band were finalists in the UK wide search for the best new blues talent: New Brunswick Battle of the Blues 2011.

The band’s set is a wonderful blues ride from seriously upbeat, rocking and dancing blues to those real soulful 'bring down the volume' moments that get everyone's hair standing up. Dan performs on both resonator slide guitar and the standard electric guitar and is backed by Matt Paull on double bass and Ben Coley on drums. Whilst only a three piece they pull off a big electric blues sound!

The band material is a mix of Dan's own amazing array of songs and many carefully chosen blues covers given the Sowerby treatment!

Before making a name for himself on the blues circuit, Dan cut his teeth working as a guitarist for other artists. Some unusual highlights include playing for soul legend The Drifters and playing in bands supporting acts, including Katie Melua and The Manfreds. But now, using all this experience and leading his own band, Dan solely follows his own true passion; the blues.

Dan Sowerby

Dan Sowerby website

The show will be hosted, as usual, by local bluesman Bob Long  (website and there will be support acts TBA.

Next Milford Blues Night - February 16, 2014

The next in the series of Blues Nights at Milford will be on Fri 16 May, 2014, featuring Scarlett Rae & The Cherry Reds

This is sure to be a lively evening!

Babajack at Milford - December 2, 2013

Press Release: Babajack at Milford Blues Night: Fri 24 Jan


The next Blues Night at Milford-On-Sea Community Centre on Fri 24 January will feature the talented duo, Babajack. This will be the third in the highly popular series of blues concerts at Milford.


“One of the most exciting blues, roots, folk outfits in the UK”   (Blues Matters)


BABAJACK is fast becoming one of the most sought after bands on the Blues/ Roots/ Acoustic circuits in the UK and Europe. Their brand of blues is contemporary, powerful and acoustic.  They combine great musicianship, passion, energy and charismatic performance to create a different kind of blues and a great show.


Becky Tate and Trevor Steger are the song writing core of BabaJack. They have already released 3 albums since 2009, each one getting greater attention from the media and the music loving public.  Rooster (released in March 2012) placed 2nd as Best Album in the British Blues Awards 2013.


What sets BABAJACK apart is their approach to blues: their music is recognisably infused by early blues, but by no means bound by it. Becky brings roots/ funk/African rhythms and her beautiful lyrical voice, and Trevor brings his own flavour of punk meets Ry Cooder! to his slide style and harmonica.  In the tradition of the early blues, they make their own instruments: Trevor’s homemade growling ‘WineBox’ guitars and Becky’s cajon (box drum) and stomp.  


Award winners! BABAJACK are British Blues Awards Winners (2012/2013) This year they were nominated 5 times and were runners up in 3 categories including Best Acoustic Act, Best Harmonica Player, Best Album (Rooster), and Becky has won Instrumentalist of the Year for two years running!


They represented the UK at the European Blues Challenge, placed 5th.  They were Bluesmatters! Magazine Band of the Year 2012, and Becky was one of 3 nominated Instrumentalist of the Year for the FATEA Folk Roots Awards.


Supporting performances will be provided by local blues duo, The Rezzonators (Mike Shipman and Peter Gabony) and the talented, young blues singer, Elsie Franklin, appearing in Milford for the first time.


For details of the venue and ticket sales see  Tickets are £9, available in advance (avoid disappointment) or on the door (subject to availability). The show will be hosted by local bluesman, Bob Long. Enquiries:





Milford Blues Night in October - August 8, 2013


Milford Blues Night

The Blues Night at Milford in June was such a success; they are going to do it again. The second Blues Night will be on Saturday 12 October. The headline performers will be Lewis Cohen and Ben Somers, a highly energetic and entertaining duo, comprising Lewis Cohen on guitar and vocals and Ben Somers on double bass and vocals.

Lewis Cohen is one of the brightest rising stars among British blues players. Much of his material is from the 1920s and 1930s, the golden age of early blues recordings when Charlie Patton, Leroy Carr, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Son House and other seminal artists were prominent. Lewis will dip into this bountiful reserve and present his own interpretations with vitality, swing and panache. Combined with the masterful, driving rhythms of Ben Somers on double bass, this talented duo is powerful and energetic. Their repertoire also includes Americana and bluegrass 

The event will be at The Milford Community Centre, a splendid music venue which stages folk, jazz and many other performances. The show will again be hosted by Bob Long; a local bluesman with a liking for early, acoustic blues, ragtime and jug band music Bob explains, “ The turnout last time and the feedback from the audience has prompted us to do it again. We have in mind to make this a regular but infrequent event, every few months”. In addition to the Lewis Cohen/Ben Somers duo, there will be support from local blues musicians.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets (£8 in advance and on the door) are bookable at Box Office 01590 644861


Launch Party for Free's Company at Talking Heads, Southampton - July 28, 2013

Free's Company at Talking Heads in Southampton on Sat 10th Aug 2013

I'll be performing a solo acoustic blues set, opening for......

Free’s Company - the UK’s definitive Free and Bad Company tribute band.

From the thunder of the opening drum beat, the hypnotic bass line and searing guitar riff of “I’ll Be Creepin’” which opens the show, you’ll be transported back in time and treated to the best songs from two of the most influential blues/rock bands in the history of rock’n’roll - Free and Bad Company who were fronted by the incredible Paul Rodgers.

The band formed in March 2013. A chance meeting between ‘Doc’ Martin (guitars) and ‘Woody’ Woodham (drums) was the impetus to make it happen, however Doc and Tom Shrimpton (bass) had already hatched a plan to form a new project some weeks earlier. Andy Vass (vocals) was recruited shortly after the first rehearsal session as the band were instantly impressed with his strong interpretation of “THE VOICE”! Lastly, the band made contact with local guitarist Andy Crowle and following a successful audition he was invited to provide the last piece in the jigsaw.

The band is now in the process of establishing itself as a regular touring outfit around the UK and further afield with a positive reputation building all the time due to the hard work and dedication of all band members.

If you get to see one band live this year - make sure it’s Free’s Company....

Blues Evening at Milford - May 12, 2013

Milford Blues Night

Friday 14 June will be the first ever Blues Night at Milford-On-Sea, Hampshire. Top of the bill will be Jim Crawford and Ian Briggs, a blues duo of huge talent and experience.           

Jim Crawford is something of an enigma. Originally from Lancashire, he now resides on the North Devon coast.

A shy and retiring man who readily admits that recording studios fill him with dread and that he’d rather go fishing with his dog for company, has none the less, toured much of Europe and the U.S.A captivating audiences with his intimate folk/blues style. Softly spoken, Jim totally surprises his audience when he breaks into song with, as one reviewer put it " a richness of voice you can only be born with." and for years has been revered among professional musicians as a consummate finger picker and slide guitarist.

He first came to the attention of a wider audience when invited to record a session for the BBC’s Paul Jones Show. Jim has finished his new solo album "Roots & Originals" which is available along with his previous albums "Blues Boy" and "When the Rains Came".

The combination of Jim on vocals and guitar and Ian Briggs on harmonica, is delightful.

The event will be at The Milford Community Centre, a splendid music venue which stages folk, jazz and many other performances. The show will be hosted by Bob Long; a local bluesman with a liking for early, acoustic blues, ragtime and jug band music Bob explains, “ this event will be the first of its kind in Milford. We are going to put on a high quality blues show and see how it goes. If it’s popular, we’ll make Blues Night a regular event.”  In addition to the Crawford/Briggs duo, there will be support from local blues musicians; The Ben Gunn Duo and Bob Long & Keith Miller.

The show starts at 8pm and tickets (£10 in advance and on the door) are bookable at Box Office 01590 644861


Railroadin' Some.....a great book from Max Haymes - February 11, 2013


This groundbreaking book, written by Max Haymes, one of the foremost blues historians in the UK, is based on over 30 years' research, exploration and absolute passion for early blues music. It is the first ever comprehensive study of the enormous impact of the railroads on 19th and early 20th Century African American society and the many and varied references to this new phenomenon in early blues lyrics. The book is comprehensively annotated, and also includes a Discography at the end of each chapter.

I'm currently reading this and enjoying it! You can order it on Below, is the review I put on the amazon site


5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Research into Early Blues 11 Feb 2013
By Bob
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
This book is clearly the result of many years of painstaking, detailed research. As far as I know, it is the only book on this subject, i.e. the importance of the railroads in the lives of African Americans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and how this is reflected in the lyrics of early blues recordings. It is hugely informative and very readable. This book will be an important reference work of benefit to future generations of blues scholars. It will also be of great interest to all those who play early blues and love listening to it. Blues lyrics are often a mystery to the present day listener; this book does much to penetrate the mysteries and provide authoritative explanations.



New Videos: Playing with Pete Harris at Lymington Folk Club - January 5, 2013

Last Thursday I played at Lymington Folk Club with Pete Harris. I've put videos (kindly provided by John Ling) on Youtube

It Hurts Me Too

All By Myself

Good Morning Blues

Gibson L-37 (1935) - November 26, 2012

I've just finished working on a guitar "project".  This is a Gibson L-37 (1935) which I bought on Ebay last year. The guitar has had a very hard life and was in very poor condition. It had cracks and splits. several holes in the top where pickup controls had been put in, then removed and had been badly refinished with brown paint and varnish.

I decided to refinish it in black to hide the repairs to the top. A few of the L-37s made in 1935 were black. It now has new frets and new vintage-style tuners but everything else is original. I've added a Teisco (DeArmond-stlye, monkey-on-a-stick) pickup. It's now playing well and sounds good.

Usually, old guitars don't reveal their history but this one does! It has two paper labels inside the body with hand-written information. It was first owned by William Emanuel Smith who bought it on April 18, 1936 at Warlick Furniture Store, Bluefield, West Virginia. He paid $38.5 incl tax. He lived in Wayne, Michigan 48184.

I've put photos of before, during and after the repairs / refinishing on Flickr at

Louisiana and Mississippi - November 20, 2012

Last month I did a trip to Mississippi and Louisiana, visited some friends, played some blues, went to a festival in New Orleans, judged hot tamales at The Hot Tamales Festival in Greenville, took part in the annual Tommy Johnson Celebrations, went to the IBC Solo Blues Competition in Indianola, went to a party and made some new friends. I flew home from Chicago just before Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast (lucky escape!)

I've put photos with titles and descriptions on my Flickr site and here are the links. Please take a look.

New Orleans Blues & BBQ Festival and a walk around the city to see what progress there has been in reconstruction since Katrina

Tommy Johnson Celebrations

Hot Tamales Festival and Gigs in Clarksdale, Mississipii

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