Shakedown presents…Claude Bourbon

Now that the summer break is almost over Shakedown blues club is about to kick off its Autumn/Winter programme.

The current Shakedown began back in January 2005 when blues fans in the Peterborough area were stunned by the re-emergence of the Shakedown series of live blues jams. The last Shakedown gigs were back in 1972 before promoter Gerard Homan put up the shutters and decided he needed a proper job to keep the wolves at bay. These now legendary shows began in 1966 and featured , Dr Ross, Boogie Woogie Red, Lightnin’ Slim, Champion Jack Dupree, Rev Gary Davis, Big Boy Crudup, Jimmy Dawkins, Little Brother Montgomery, Roy Bookbinder, Baby Boy Warren, Erwin Helfer, King Biscuit Boy, Eddie Burns, Sunnyland Slim, Larry Johnson, Curtis Jones, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Jo-Ann Kelly, T.S. McPhee, Stefan Grossman, Alexis Korner, Spider John Koerner together with a funky little house band called Ma Grinders Blues Mission.

Now thirty odd years later, Gerard is back with a stellar cast and a new funky little band called The Blues Crusaders.

There are a number of gigs in the Autum progamme. Have a look here for details. First up is the eclectic Claude Bourbon. Check out his website for his bio and a taste of his talent. Angel is a beautiful blues tinged with flamenco and medieval tones and there’s an interesting fingerpicked/slide version of Gershwin’s Summertime. The gig is scheduled for September 16th.

The venue for the gig is St Kyneburgha’s church in the village of Castor. The important 12th century church is an ideal setting in which to enjoy Claude’s unique blend of Spanish, medieval and blues styles. Hope to see you there.

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