A Blog is described as "a regularly updated website or webpage..." so I've signally failed as this is my first selection of ramblings since August. My son-in-law, west Walian artist Guy Manning, puts me to shame; he writes a daily Blog about the new oil painting he creates every single day under his 'Postcards From Pembrokeshire' initiative. ( www.postcardsfrompembrokeshire.com)
Well, it's been a busy few months. Since my last blog, I've compered the second Abertillery Rock and Blues Weekend - an event which has become so successful that contracts have already been signed for next year and the line-up looks superb (and includes an appearance by my old jamming buddy Danny Bryant). The organisers of the weekend are local music fans who decided they should try running their own festival after local council spending cuts saw the demise of the Abertillery Blues Festival just a year short of its 10th anniversary. I applaud them for their efforts and I know I'm not alone in this.
I've also continued to 'air' the Blues Exclusive every week to four internet stations and (for those who are into statistics) can reveal that in the first six months of the show's existence, I have played tracks from 218 new albums in addition to lots and lots of Bluesic which already has its place in Blues history. A couple of the shows included lots of interview material - Blues Exclusive #23 has Andy Fairweather Low chatting informally about his fifty years in music and Blues Exclusive #28 has lots of conversation with Albert Castiglia. These episodes - along with all previous shows - are now accessible on my Playlists page a week after initial broadcast. So, if you missed the first broadcast, you can now listen in at any time.
I'm also involved in the organising committee for the eleventh Tenby Blues Festival (unlike some festivals which are arranged by out of area 'for profit' companies, this is another event run by local music enthusiasts and is a real fixture in the British Blues calendar). The line-up for the event can be found at www.tenbyblues.co.uk where you can purchase tickets and, exclusively, this year will include the announcement of recipients of European Blues Awards for 2016. The event is now just a few weeks away and I'm really looking forward to it.
My daytime role during the festival weekend will be to ensure that the Trail performers are set to go at the published times and to announce them. This will require so much rushing about from one side of Tenby to the other that I'm having to take on an assistant. More of that later...