NEWS
Aug 28th

 

Well, as we asked, we got some VIDEO CONTENT.....

Thanks to Helen Cuthbertson for this litte bit of footage from Sherfield-on Loddon  yesterday. Check out the vids of Flip Flop Fly and Shame Shame Shame on our MUSIC page

Aug
27th

As usual and since we've been playing together we've played on the hottest days of the year and 33 degrees C at 8pm in Marlow at The Marlow Donkey was no exception. And every year it seems to be getting hotter. We set up in the beer garden in front  of a fun crowd of mainly young people, most of whom had never heard our blues jive and shuffle but who seemed to enjoy the fun of it immensely. True to form we performed well and sweated buckets! By 9:30 a slight breeze had got up and we aired ourselves at a cool 27 C. Who needs to go to Spain?

This bank holiday weekend is the Reading Festival (where we're not on the bill) but we got "dep'd" at short notice to play a small festival today in place of an act that had to cancel and as it's an afternoon slot, we can get back to play with our new toys and practice some new tunes. Neil had bought himself a black Squier Jaguar guitar in bits and I put it together for him and strung it, so you might be seeing that axe sometime soon.  I have the same bad habits as he and I bought myself two new electric guitars in the same week; a Jet S-400 - a budget 'Strat' which plays superbly - and a Fender Telecaster FMT HH, a guitar I'd wanted for some time, effectively the 'Les Paul' of Fenders. It's a work of art both to look at and play. Are we going all electric?? Most likely - I'm itching to get my new telecaster out and about hooked up to the Egnator Tweaker 40 amp head and Marshall cabinet I bought last month but we'll still be doing acoustics for the moment. Going electric means more kit to carry!

We're now on a site called gigrealm.com where you can check us out, videos and all and book us to play. It's great if you're a pub or entertainment centre manager as you can book us and pay us through the site.

Next up for us is way over west in Great Malvern, a late summer boutique festival, The Frolic Festival, organised by our friend and guitar-looper virtuoso Mathew One Man.

If you're in the area, come and see us. We'll be on stage sometime on Sat 10th September. Here's the line up:

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Aug 25th

 

THIS IS AN APPEAL TO FANS FOR VIDEO CONTENT.....

Please, if you have any video footage of Neil and Jimmy playing at any recent gigs, even if it's just smartphone footage, please feel free to send it to us by email or by posting it on Facebook, Instagram or whatever and let us know where to find it. We're a bit short on recent gig footage and we'd like to add some recent video content to this site. It would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Aug
3rd

Maybe you've already read the earlier posts like the one below where we say we're playing a new venue, The Weather Station, in Reading and Neil's the official promoter. Well, as luck - or otherwise -  would have it, we just heard the very same venue is closing down at the end of August! Sadly, this is becoming very common now as the fall-out from the Covid crisis continues to really bite and hit hospitaility businesses hard, even ones we thought would make it through. A 12-pack from Morrison's and a house party with a Spotify playlist seems to have become the modern alternative to going out. Maybe that's why we're getting more summer parties to play than venue gigs. Still, we'll be at The Weather Station on 12th August, one of the last acts to play there. Hope you can make it - it'll be a swell night!.

July 30th

And on we roll......

One thing we hadn't done in years was to play two gigs on the same day. We were looking forward to these gigs on the 16th of July and dreading it at the same time because our brand of fast paced blues and jive kind of leaves two old guys quite knackered at the end of a gig and we weren't sure we'd have much in the tank for the second one.

 

However, onward we went; the first gig at Queensmere House turned out to be a well-run masonic charity fundraiser  outdoors of a stately home with private lake and all and no expense was spared on the free booze and excellent buffet! We did an hour's set there, then drove back to Reading for a private party where we performed at a barbecue (the weather was excellent!) until it got dark, so I reckon about two hours. Again we played on the hottest day of the year. Well almost; it's was 33 degrees when we played the first gig, but about a week later global warming had us baking in 38 degrees! Needless to say neither of us got out of our respective beds the next morning. But we're young and stupid (in our heads anyway) and will probably do the same again should the chance arise! Come and see us at The Weather Station (the old Eldon Arms) in Reading on August 12th. Neil's the promoter and it's not often you get to call your own gigs!

Jun 23rd

So, after lockdown was finally over, we had a good second half to 2021. The only disappointment was that due to lockdown restrictions, we never got the chance to support Dr. Feelgood in the end. But there'll be other chances again, I'm sure.

 

Then, a couple of weeks before Christmas, I decided to go to Spain for a month, which meant no gigs until I came back in January. I decided to saty put and spent six months there which meant no JTD activity during the first half of 2022. Neil plays with other bands and was kept busy.

 

But now we're back!

Blues Festival Purple Turtle 2020
2019 Blues Festival Purple Turtle Reading
2018 Blues Festival Purple Turtle Reading

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