December - January 2013 - BOP Blues Club

December - January 2013 - BOP Blues Club

December 2012—January 2013


President’s column and contacts - p. 2

Blues Legend * Jimmy Reed - p. 3

New T-Shirt design - p. 4

CD suggestions for Christmas presents - page 5-6

Our President’s visits to UK & USA blues clubs - p. 7

BOP Blues visits Whakatane - p. 8

Calendar - p. 9

Sponsors & Membership details - p. 10

BOP Blues—keeping the blues alive

December 2012

January 2013


Doug MacLeod


Mike Garner — 0272 102 612

Vice President/

Club Night & Jam Music Coordinator

Warren ‘Wozz’ Houston — 07 349 3142



Sally Garner — 027 273 8881


Noel Lamberton — 027 492 7221


Simon Elton — 0211 33 1950


Keith Garratt —

Rob Gillies —

Peter Jongenelen —

Anita Loderus —

Keith Palmer —

Nick Anderson—

Newsletters published bi-monthly

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must be sent to the Club Secretary

BOP BLUES, 33 Caulfield Place, Rotorua

As 2012 draws to a close we have

our last Club Night and Jam coming

up on Wednesday 5th December,

at The Belgian bar. We hope that

you will all come along and support

the club and the musicians,

members and non-members, who

turn out to play. It's pleasing to

see that the numbers of both

audience and musicians continues

to grow as spring brought better

weather and summer almost here.

We also have a BOP Blues Jam event in Whakatane, on the

19th December at "The Office" and with the lighter evenings

promises a fun trip away for those of you based in Rotorua -

worth a drive over, to support this new venture - the 3rd such


There are a number of blues and blues-related events and

touring acts coming through the region in the summer, so after

Christmas, check back with the gig guide in this bulletin so you

don't miss anything, and do keep an eye on the club's website,

which is regularly updated. We try to post all relevant events

in the region, and other areas which should be of interest to

our members.

The club's Facebook is back in action. Many of you now have

phones that can take both pictures and video, we urge you to

share them with other members and everyone else who has

"liked" the page. And if you haven't yet done so please drop by

and click 'like'!

The committee values your feedback. There have been a

number of changes lately to the website, Facebook and The

Bulletin and we really want to know if we are delivering what

you want from the club. You can always just drop me a line: or to

My thanks go out to the committee, to the musicians who

share their time and talents at the jam, and especially to all of

you, for supporting the club throughout the year. Take care

over Christmas, and have a bluesy one!

Mike Garner

President, BOP Blues Club Incorporated


Blues Legend –

Jimmy Reed

(1925- 1976)

Jimmy Reed was an American

blues musician and songwriter, a

major player in the field of electric

blues & was notable for bringing

his distinctive style of blues to

mainstream audiences.

Of the blues artists of the day, Reed was

the biggest seller of blues music and had

more hits than most others. He had a

significant impact on many artists who

followed including Elvis Presley and The

Rolling Stones. His compositions include:

‘Big Boss Man’, Bright Lights, Big City’,

Baby What You Want Me To Do’, ‘Shame,

Shame, Shame’, ‘Ain’t That Lovin’ You

Baby’ and ‘Honest I Do’. Jimmy also

worked with long time friend, Eddie ‘Bad

Boy’ Taylor, the man who taught him to

play guitar and harmonica.

After failing an audition with Chess

Records, (his later chart success would

be a constant thorn in the side of the

firm), he signed with newly formed Vee-

Jay Records. His prolific period was

between 1956 & 1963, but in spite of his

numerous hits, Reed’s personal problems

(rampant alcoholism) prevented him

from achieving the same level of fame as

other blues artists of the time.

His devious schemes to tend to his

alcoholism — and the ‘just plain aberrant

‘ behavior that came as a result of it —

quickly made him the laughing stock of

his show business contemporaries.

Those who shared the stage with him in

‘top of the line’ R&B venues like The

Apollo Theatre, shook their heads and

wondered how Reed could actually

standup straight and perform, much less

hold the audience in the palm of his hand.

To paraphrase an old saying of the day,

“Nobody likes Jimmy Reed, but the


In 1968 he toured Europe as part of the

American Folk Blues Festival. He died at

the tender age of 50 in 1976. He was

inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in

1980 and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in

1991. Reed’s recordings of ‘Big Boss Man’

and ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ were both

voted onto the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s

list of 500 songs that shaped R‘n’R.


Wikipedia (November 2012)

‘Big Boss Man’

Life & Times—W. Romano.

Check out:

‘The Essential Boss Man’

(3 CD set inc. 75 songs plus a booklet) Snapper UK



To order, please email Graham Clark:

Sizes: S to XXXL

Cost: $30 plus $10 p&p



LINDSAY MacKENZIE — ‘Now and Then’

MacKenzie has crafted a charming record,

(the mixing) has given it a warm, inviting

summer sun vibe. ‘NZ Musician’


KEITH & LYNDSEY (New Tricks) — ‘Afterglow’

13 cover tracks, taking us back to some of the

great songs from 20th C ….. perfect snapshot of

Keith & Lyndsey ….. tasteful. ‘BOP Blues bulletin’


MIKE GARNER — ‘Why a Woman Gets the Blues

Great songs, well played with plenty of grit.

Tasteful, professional & well presented.

‘NZ Musician’

An excellent album. ‘BOP Blues bulletin’


B-SIDE BAND — ‘Down Under & Blues

Great rockabilly brand of blues noise,

bluesy and gutsy. ‘NZ Musician’

The blues has never been this upbeat.

‘Waikato Times’



KOKOMO — ‘It All Comes ‘Round’

This is rural blues….. back to their earliest

recordings….. (but) the wait has been worth it…..

12 tracks for you to enjoy….. Delivering the goods.

BOP Blues Bulletin’


RALPH BENNETT-EADES — ‘… A Little Somethin’’

Delta blues….. Down home singin’ & playin’…..

an enjoyable CD. ‘BOP Blues Bulletin’


THE FLAMING MUDCATS — ‘… What You Wanted’

Good honest electric blues….. Fine songs……

well played. ‘Weekend Sun’


BRILLEAUX — ‘Brilleavator’ (acoustic adventure)

The set list is still solidly founded in classic Brit R&B,

but with a more bluesy and, in some instances,

country/folk/swamp stomp spin…… take your

instruction from Brilleaux….. ‘sit down, shut up and


‘Weekend Sun’



Catching a few

blues gigs



arlier this year Sally and I travelled to the

UK where we took my parents ashes for

interment in the family grave, in the

village where I was born. This was a solemn, family

occasion but later on we met up with friends and

had some holiday on the way home. There was

even some time to take in a little blues and it was

interesting to experience some blues clubs and

venues in the UK and the USA.

Hugh Budden, Mike Garner & Pete Harris

In Southampton I met up with old muso friends

from bands I was in during the 70s and 80s. Down

by the waterfront in Southampton is an old pub,

the Platform Tavern, one of the few buildings by

the docks that survived the Luftwaffe in WWII. It

was a small bar hosting an acoustic blues jam with

an enthusiastic crowd. I did a set with Pete Harris,

who some of you will remember from his trip here

2 years ago, when we played at BluesFeast, with

Jan Preston sitting in, too.

While in London I saw my son, Paul play in several

venues, the most notable being "Ain't Nothing But

The Blues" just off Carnaby Street. In this venue,

Paul was the guitarist for West Weston and the

Bluesonics - Weston being a hot harmonica player

in the Kim Wilson mould. This tiny venue was a

fantastic experience, not least because it was

mostly a young audience of 20 to 30 somethings -

all digging Weston's hot blend of Chicago style


At the end of our trip we stopped over in San

Francisco, where they have one of the USA's iconic

blues venues, Biscuits and Blues. It's a cabaret style

Paul Garner with West Weston

venue, with a box office at street level and then in

the basement is the bar and dining area. They

have two shows each night, an early and a late.

The night we were there it was a "pro jam",

meaning it wasn't an open-mic event like our jam,

but a collection of musicians from different bands,

put together for the night; the Keith Crossan Blues

Showcase, Crossan being the host and a hot sax

player. Great sound, great music, ranging from

jump blues with a horn section to more soulful

stuff. Biscuits, by the way, we would recognise as

scones. I ate Fried Green Tomatoes for a starter

and had "BBQ Pulled Pork , two fresh biscuits,

blackened parmesan corn on the cob, Louisiana

coleslaw" for 'entree' (which is what they call the


at 50 Mason Social House in San Francisco

On the next night I had a late night gig at another

music bar, "50 Mason Social House", owned by Ed

Ivey, who I've played with during a couple of Billy

T K Jnr's events in NZ and the Cook Islands. I did a

solo set, then Ed had laid on a full band with bass,

keys, drums and guitar, to accompany me. Cool to

play with such great musos, and a fantastic end to

a trip that started with such a sombre purpose.

- Mike Garner.

Recently a group of BOP Blues Club members—Robert Gillies, Noel Lamberton,

Andrea Bailey and Anita Loderus—decided to take the club jam nights concept to a

wider audience, so after a quick survey of the venues an approach was made to

Alan Unsworth the manager/owner of The Office Bar & Grill on the Strand In

Whakatane, who agreed to stage the event.

We now run blues jam nights every second month alternate to the Rotorua Jam

Night. Noel Lamberton supplies and operates a great sound system, and a group of

local musicians provide backing for individuals at the beginning of the night. This is

followed by local bands and others from the wider Bay of Plenty, such as Hammer

On, B-SIDE Band, Mack & Co, Harley Kruz & Jimi Stevens Experience.

The next Jam night is Wednesday 19 th December. Jam night Rules = 3 songs

Gold coin entry – hope to see you there.

- Rob Gillies

B-Side Band play The Office Bar—Whakatane for the BOP Blues Club visit (August 2012)

Left to right: Mike Kirk, Paul Parkhouse, Simon Elton, Carl Winter.



all details regularly updated at

1st Wed

each month

2nd Wed

each month

2nd Thurs

each month

1st Sunday

each month


Sunday 2


Sunday 16



19th December

Sunday 27th

January 2013




Saturday 9th


Thursday 14th


Saturday 16th


Friday 1st


BOP Blues Club/Jam night

At The Belgian Bar, 1151 Arawa St. Rotorua. 7.30pm . All welcome.

Free to Club members and participating musicians. Door Charge for non-members

Tauranga Blues Jam

At Drivers Bar, 11th Avenue, Tauranga. 7.00pm. All welcome. Free.

Enquiries: Derrin Richards. 07 576.0913

Hamilton Blues Society/Jam night

At Biddy Mulligans, Victoria St, Hamilton. 7.30pm. All welcome.

Free to Club members. $5.00 non-members.

Enquiries: Tony Kaye 021 243.3262

Rotorua Jazz ClubClub night

At Arawa Lounge, Rotorua Racing Club. 5.00—8.00pm . $8 members, $12 non-members.

Enquiries: Dave Cown 07 347.9438

Sunday Sessions

Mike Garner and Warren Houston will perform acoustic blues and originals at Brew craft

beer pub and coffee roaster. From 4pm, free entry.

Brew Craft Beer Pub, 1103 Tutanekai St, Rotorua Ph: 07-346 0976


- an informal group of musicians and friends who meet in a 'family friendly' environment to

share music, jam, try out new material, and socialise in an ‘unplugged’ environment.

4pm - 7pm Cash bar and food available. Free admission, all welcome.

Enquiries to Bruce MacFarlane

Whakatane Blues Jam

‘The Office’, Whakatane Gold coin entry.

Enquiries to Rob Gillies (07) 308 5554

Rhythm Rotorua Festival Noon—8.00pm

‘Arts Village’, 1240 Hinearu Street, Downtown Rotorua. Food & Beverage available.

7 acts inc. Wizard & Oz (Aust), Shejus Greedy (Rotorua) & Brilleaux (Tauranga)

Details: Tickets: $25.00

Marchwood Blues Picnic Various Artists midday to 8.00pm

Omokoroa , Bay of Plenty


Jan Preston - Australasia's Queen of Boogie Woogie

One Night Only—more details to come closer to the time

Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival — Summertime Blues 11.00am—5.00pm

Cobham Drive

Various artists Admission free Enquiries to Sally Garner 0272738881

Shaun Kirk Singer / Guitarist from Australia

More details to come closer to the time



Membership costs just $20 per year.

The membership year runs from 1 July – 30 June.

Members receive free admission to Club/Jam nights,

reduced admission to BOP Blues special events, priority

purchase for BOP Blues ticketed events — and help make

Rotorua the Blues Capital of New Zealand.

Contact the Secretary if you’d like a membership form

e-mailed to you, or download from our website.

BOP Blues thanks all our sponsors—please support them!

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