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Review of the first Blues night April 2022

Another great night in the Club, (Where were you?)

This is where the blues of the American Deep South meets the English Deep South of Pokesdown and Southbourne Ex-serviceman’s Club!


We had the pleasure last night (Thursday 21st of April) of hosting the “Otis Jay blues band”, a great new group not only to the club but also to the scene as they only formed around a week before Christmas 2021; they have certainly come a long way in just four short months! The delivery was very professional with the group and singers delivering both sets of the evening with such confidence (the singers didn’t have  bad voices either!).


As their facebook page explains “In 2021, five seasoned musicians came together to create Bournemouth’s newest, yet arguably most experienced, blues band”.


To give you a feel of the classics played throughout the night the group have kindly sent to us here in the press room their first set of the evening:-


Elmore James with Dust My Broom / Albert King / John Mayall with Oh Pretty Woman

Fleetwood Mac with Stop Messin’ Round / Junior Wells with Little By Little

Chuck Berry with Memphis Tennessee / Bo Didley with Pretty Thing

Junior Wells with Messin’ With The Kid / Muddy Waters with Can't Be Satisfied

Sonny Boy Williamson with Don't Start Me Talkin’ / Muddy Waters with I'm Ready

Albert King with Crosscut Saw / Rolling Stones with Dead Flowers

The Blues Band with 29 Ways / Muddy Waters with Got My Mojo Workin’


Two of our very own members (Keith Dear - vocals, harp, sax and Mick St Michael - vocals, bass) met the other three members of the group (Pete Clarkson – guitar, Brian Heeley – drums, Brian Pasco – guitar) at the local U3A (University of the 3rd age) and obviously realising their talent and love of the blues they formed the Otis Blue jays.


Musically the band has all the edges coved for some great Blues entertainment, with the Harmonica and Saxophone giving that real feel of the South.


We hope to have Otis Jay back some time in the future, so keep your eyes open and watch our notice boards,

and this time don’t miss an evening of great entertainment!


The group are contactable at their Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/OtisJayBB

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