Jim Bullock, Blues Musician
Auld Man's Baccie, a duo from north-east Durham. Mumford shirts and braces, shades of the pit? Right...? Well, no.
After years of valiant service in regional R&B bands, these boys have made a musical homecoming, back to the blues. And a very happy homecoming it is. AMB are Davey Curtis, aka Brother Curtis ( vocals, guitar and foot percussion) and Nick Phillips (slide guitar, words of wisdom.) From their spiritual home, the Dun Cow, Seaton, they venture forth on their mission: to bravely challenge the insidious advance of musical blandness and X-Factorisation, two Davids against a chest-haired Goliath. Tampa Red, the great Elmore, Saint Muddy - these are their guardian spirits. Theirs is no 'wrist-slitting blues.' It's as foot-stomping as you like, full of joy and celebration and, thankfully, without a hint of macho posturing. And then there's The Table . . . The Table makes them a trio. It sits quietly, low, check- clothed, a lamp illuminating a framed photograph of Muddy, perhaps a glass of wine and a few selected offerings.
I was recently honoured to be asked to play some harmonica with them and was able to bring humble gifts - a black cat bone and a mojo chew. 'Champagne and Reefer'; 'It Hurts Me Too.'
Go and see them. You won't be disappointed