Basingstoke Beer Festival

On Friday 27 November, I had a wild night in Basingstoke! I was playing the blues, solo, for the Beer Festival at The Moose Centre. Serious beer tasting by CAMRA beer afficionados and lots of raunchy, lively blues to keep them in the mood... Robert Johnson's "They're Red Hot" went down really well.

Playing this gig reminded me of how it must have been for my heroes, guys like Charlie Patton and Tommy Johnson, working in juke joints, barrel houses etc., with everybody having a good time, talking, laughing, maybe screaming and shouting, having a good time and making a lot of noise. One big difference; they didn't have a PA system to help them! We present-day blues singers have it easy by comparison....