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Buddy to sing the blues at hall
A BLUES club dreamt up by two friends over a pint of beer has gone from strength to strength, bringing top artists from all over the world to County Durham.
Next month, former Bluesbreaker Buddy Whittington, who has played alongside musical greats such as JohnMayall and Eric Clapton, will take to the stage at Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club (SRBC).
The Texan was described by Mayall as "probably the greatest Bluesbreaker of them all" and is regarded as one of the best guitar players in the world.
To secure such a big name is a dream come true for SRBC - a not-for-profitmusic club run by die-hard rhythm and blues fans Eric Hemmings, Garry Jacobs, John Tate, Matt Wilson, Carl Arnott and Rob Moran.
"To be honest, we keep pinching ourselves, " said Mr Tate.
"To have someone with Buddy's talent and reputation play at the club is amazing but he is by no means the first big name to appear."
SRBC was set up by Mr Hemmings and Mr Jacobs three years ago after coming upwith the idea over a few drinks at a friend's barbecue.
The club now hosts up to eight intimate gigs a year at Sedgefield Parish Hall, showcasing the talents of established bluesmusicians and upand-coming local artists.
Mr Jacobs said he was thrilled the club was such a success.
"We hope its popularity will continue to grow, " he said.
"Blues music is often labelled as depressing but the most famous blues song of all is called Let the Good Times Roll.
"In fact, a lot of rock music stems from the blues. The Beatles' early stuff, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Chris Rea were all inspired by rhythm and blues music."
Buddy Whittington is playing at the parish hall on Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17. He will be supported by Laurence Jones Band.
Tickets, which are expected to sell out fast, are available at Sedgefield Post Office, online at Sedgefieldblues. com or from Mr Jacobs on 07931448469, priced at £12.