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  1. I think the gist of the original post was a call for collective action. We can see that clubs and bars are stuggling to survive, that the Council has limited funds and that the public taste is changing, with endless distractions available, without leaving your couch. There are a bunch of self-contained scenes- with (seemingly) little cooperation, between them. The Jazz promotions at the Blue Lamp, have been carefully targeted at an older audience (who might not otherwise attend bar gigs) and have been well supported. The Folk Club at the Lampie remains a fixture. Captain Tom Simmonds continues to promote great opportunities like 'Full Metal Haggis' and 'Live at Captain Tom's', despite the costs and frustrations. The Blues-Rock guys have brought bands to Aberdeen, in various venues and with reasonable crowd support. Krakatoa puts on the most diverse bills and should be applauded, for nurturing grass roots artists. The Tunnels and Drummonds run hot and cold- great places to play, or to see a band, when the planets are aligned....... the Lemon Tree has filled the gap between the Music Hall and bar gigs, for a number of years, with again, a huge range of performers. Should we be trying to create an umbrella 'scene', which encompasses the wide range of local talent and welcomes the underpaid visiting acts? Do we have an extra responsibility, as performers and ex-performers? Lots of great musical achievements have been the result of geographically remote communities hothousing their talent, before releasing it, into a wider world. Should we be banding together, to generate a more mutually supportive and educational performance environment, for one another? Do we need the benevolence of a Flash, a Captain Tom- or a friendly Councillor, to make things happen? Are there DIY routes, for a new breed, of young promoter? There are things that we can all do. Start by putting your money into businesses that support local music- the bars, rehearsal spaces, music shops and others. If you like a local band, make the effort to show up at their shows, to buy merch and music from them, directly. If you pirate or buy their stuff online, they make next to nothing out of it- which can be demoralising. Perhaps we can compile a directory of unused or underused venues? Shocking though it may sound, a gig can be really wonderful, even on a wednesday, in a room without beer. You might like to approach your local publican, cafe manager- or someone less obvious? I've played and seen some interesting gigs in retail stores, village halls, school halls, malls and arcades- as well as in big sheds, in the (city centre) street and private gardens. More questions than answers, I'm afraid. Yes, we do need our exisiting music promoters and fosterers- and we owe Tom and Flash (amongst others) a great debt. As the original Dead Kennedy might have said...'ask not what the Aberdeen music community can do for you, ask (yourself) what you can do for the community'.
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    New Blues Jam.

    I see Paul Jones has finally passed the baton of his Radio 2 Blues show to someone (much) younger....namely Cerys Matthews, best known for her Radio 6 Music sunday morning work- and previously, her singing, with Catatonia. Monday nights, starting at 8pm. A radical shift....probably a couple of decades later than it might have been. The Smiddy Jam will be next Sunday afternoon. Frosty will be bringing his drum kit. Trikelops will sing something by Howling Wolf and /or Sonny Boy Williamson 2. Guaranteed. The safest bet you'll find, this side of England exiting the World Cup, after the group stage......
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    Mayday blues at The Noose.

    Don't think they've ever played in Aberdeen before? Regulars, at Festivals all over Central Scotland........
  4. Tattered remnants of The Malpaso Gang, to the rescue...... maybe? I've p.m.'d you my number.....
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    New Blues Jam.

    http://www.radiofreeamerica.com/station/knon Here's a bit of Internet Radio Blues, with a Dallas, Texas flavour. Half a dozen artists you've never heard of, every hour........
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    New Blues Jam.

    A busy and tuneful afternoon. A couple of our acoustic regulars were unable to make it- but this was offset by a healthier than usual contingent from the Granite City and points south. Thanks for making the extra effort, Ladies and Gents. We've had some of the North-East's finest bass players in attendance, recently....from the young to the ....errr... road worn. From Towering to Tiny, six strings, down to a humble four. (I will organise a Bass-Off, one of these days.) They're so good, they could share out the lead breaks and riffs, between them. Those who left early missed one of the day's highlights, namely the DRUM SOLO! Superb stuff, from that incognito AbMus stalwart. Keep supporting the Jam and we'll keep putting it on. Next one is on May 27th, starting at 3pm.
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    New Blues Jam.

    The long summer days beckon. Not this weekend, obviously...... Sunday, at 3pm. I'm thinking Blind Willie Johnson, Magic Sam, Johnny 'Guitar' Watson, ....... Sing us a song, have a few pints. Your garden's too cold to do anything in, except load music gear into the car.
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    Flynn Custom JTM45

    P.M.'d........
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    New Blues Jam.

    Banish the frozen, pre-Spring blues......come and listen to/play something from swampy Mississippi, arid Texas or balmy California. Of course, if your tastes run more to Hooker, Muddy or Wolf, frigid Detroit or Chicago grooves will be gratefully accepted. After another day of woolly bonnets and two pairs of socks.....I'd rather be in a bar in New Orleans, listening to Tab Benoit's band- but that's just me. March 25th at 3pm. It'll be warm, by then. Maybe.
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    New Blues Jam.

    Ringtone spam?
  11. Great to see one of the City's older venues promoting music again.....and Full Fat are excellent, with a refreshing Southern Soul influence -NOT your usual Blues takes........ Starts at 9:30
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    New Blues Jam.

    I have nothing to tell you about the jam. I just hate that Teenstar shyte, all over the front page........
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    2nd hand gear prices

    So you're objecting to paying £250, for a second hand Squier strat? Commies, the bunch of ya!
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    Nina's last show with The Malpaso Gang

    La Pandilla de Malpaso?
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    New Blues Jam.

    Great variety of material, yesterday- and a welcome influx of new (and new-old) faces. Thanks to everyone who attended- and especially, to all the performers. Next one coincides with the return of Daylight Saving Time- March 25th. It'll have to be good, to compare with this one.
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