Chicago bluesmen to headline Blue John and Papa Cass celebration!

Blue John and Papa Cass are celebrating their 10th anniversary of performing together with a special concert on Friday, July 28 2017.

The duo have managed to get their favourite blues duo to headline the event – the incredible Joe Filisko and Eric Noden from Chicago!

The special concert takes place at the Institute, New Road, Laxey, Isle of Man and will also feature a set from Blue John and Papa Cass and a set from their good friend Dr Phil (Phil Ratcliffe) – musician, Mississippi John Hurt biographer, music historian and radio presenter.

It is a massive coup to secure the services of Joe and Eric as they will only be playing three dates in total in the whole of the British Isles prior to teaching at Blues Week in Gloucestershire in England.

Tickets are £15 and are available online here  For more about Joe and Eric see www.rootsduo.com

Blue John solo album available online

Blue John has just released his debut solo album, Mermaids.

It is available for download and it features seven country blues classics –

  1. Let The Mermaids Flirt With Me (Mississippi John Hurt)
  2. Freight Train (Elizabeth Cotten)
  3. Stagger Lee (traditional)
  4. Make Me A Pallet on Your Floor (traditional)
  5. Hey, Hey (Big Bill Broonzy)
  6. Goin’ Down The Road Feeling Bad (traditional)
  7. My Creole Belle (J Bodewalt Lampe – arranged by Mississippi John Hurt

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(Photo by Gary Weightman – Vannin Photos)

John said: “This album features some of my favourite country blues songs – I hope you enjoy it!”

The album is available for £5 by visiting http://bluejohn.bandcamp.com

Blue John and Papa Cass at Acoustica Live

Blue John and Papa Cass performed at the fantastic Acoustica Live event at the Centenary Centre in Peel, Isle of Man, on Sunday, November 22 2015.

The duo was honoured to play on a bill with five other fantastic acts -Jeff Jepson Band, Matt Creer and Jo Evans, Mark Burrows, Darryl Williams and Steph Joyce with Eamonn Sinclair.

Acoustica Live was organised by Ken and Rob Mitchell of Peter Norris Music in Douglas.

Thank you to Ken, Rob, the musicians and everyone at the Centenary Centre for a wonderful night of music.

 

 

 

Blue John and Papa Cass at the Big Wheel Blues Festival

Blue John and Papa Cass were joined on stage by cajon player Annie Pearce at the Big Wheel Blues Festival in the Villa Marina Gardens, Douglas, Isle of Man, on Sunday, May 24 2015.

The trio was honoured to play on the Tony Knowles Acoustic Stage, named after John, Tim and Annie’s much missed friend who died earlier this year.

 

Bridge the Gap charity night a big success

The Bridge the Gap charity blues night on Saturday, May 9 2015 was a huge success.

It featured a fantastic line up – Alanna Cowley and Dave Mclean, Nick Barlow and the Bad Noise, Blue John and Papa Cass and Symbollix.

Well done to the charity committee for organising a varied and highly memorable show and thanks to the wonderful audience at the Centenary Centre in Peel, Isle of Man.

Picture by John Ruscoe
Blue John and Papa Cass backstage at the Centenary Centre, Saturday, May 9 2015. Picture by John Ruscoe
Blue John and Papa Cass on stage at the Centenary Centre. Saturday, May 9 2015. Picture by Bridge the Gap
Blue John and Papa Cass on stage at the Centenary Centre. Saturday, May 9 2015. Picture by Bridge the Gap

Blue John and Papa Cass to play at charity blues night

Blue John and Papa Cass will be performing at the Bridge the Gap charity blues night on Saturday, May 9 2015 at the Peel Centenary Centre, Peel, Isle of Man.

The line-up also includes Nick Barlow and the Bad Noise, Symbollix and Alanna Cowley.

Tickets cost just £10 and are available at Peter Norris Music, Douglas; Celtic Gold, Peel; Shakti Man, Ramsey and Thompson Travel, Port Erin. They are also available at www.etickets.im/jg

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Check out Isle of Man Newpapers’ article about the gig here

Blue John and Papa Cass at Laxey, Isle of Man, concert

Here is a picture of Blue John and Papa Cass performing at the Institute, Laxey, Isle of Man, on Saturday, March 28 2015.

The duo played at Blues At The Institute 13, organised by the Big Wheel Blues Festival, along with a number of other acts. The blues festival itself takes place at the Villa Marina, Douglas, Isle of Man, from May 22 to 24 2015. See www.bigwheelblues.com for more details.

Thanks to the Big Wheel Blues Festival’s John Barker (a fantastic electric and acoustic guitar player) for taking the photo.