Well , not before time , I hear you say , here’s another ‘ VIEW FROM THE BACK ‘. It’s been far too long since I put pen to paper ( figuratively speaking !) So here we are at the beginning of March and the dark days of early January when the snow prevented us playing at the Grosvenor for two successive weeks , are a dim and distant memory………but enough of this semi – poetic presumptious twaddle , you’ll be wanting to know what’s been happening , no doubt .
Despite the bad weather we’ve still been getting a good few hardy souls on Tuesdays and during the recent half term holiday, it was standing room only! We do have a good number of friends who come to listen to us when they can , even if it’s only a couple of times a year. They come from all over the place to see us; Beverley, Halifax, Malton, York, Immingham this year alone . Of course the sensible ones book a room in the Grosvenor (at the very reasonable rates offered by mine host Dave Collinson ) so there is no problem with having to drive after a night enjoying Steve and the Diamonds . I must mention the fans who come the furthest to see us – from Australia no less ! They’d been coming once a year for 5 years before they even introduced themselves and have been another twice since then. Of course it wouldn’t be the same without our very regular friends who come to see us nearly every week , they include ; Richard and Caroline , John and Eva , Bob and Ann , Ian , Jamie , Stephen and young Joe , whose knowledge of the blues is almost equal to that of the encyclopedia we know as Steve Phillips .
We’ve been busy over the last few weeks in Steve’s studio, recording our next CD . No date for release set at the moment , but watch this space ! Finally , some dates for the diary. On April 5th we are appearing at the world famous Steven Joseph ‘Theatre in the Round’ in Scarborough and on May 11th we are playing the Malton Blues Festival. One not to be missed gig is at the Grosvenor on Tuesday April 23rd when we welcome back as a guest , the fabulous Ray Stubbs – always brilliant , always entertaining ! Do come and help us celebrate Ray’s 65th birthday – you know it makes sense !
What does it mean when a drummer is in your bed gasping for breath and calling your name?
You didn’t hold the pillow down long enough.