Singing the blues

John Crowther and Dave Thomas from the Low Down Dogs performing in Broomfield Park in 2016
John Crowther and Dave Thomas from the Low Down Dogs performing in Broomfield Park in 2016

David Thomas from St Harmonic’as Blues Club looks ahead to this year’s ‘Broomfield Blues’ series of Sunday concerts

While it may be one of the greenest spaces in Palmers Green, for four Sunday afternoons in August the bandstand in Broomfield Park sure will have the blues!

The ‘Broomfield Blues’ series is in its sixth year and brings you the best in local, national and international blues music. St Harmonica’s Blues Club, now in its tenth year and located at prestigious venue The Southgate Club, has been nominated for best blues venue in the UK Blues Forum’s annual awards. Together with the Friends of Broomfield Park they will showcase the best of what can be seen at the club at Broomfield Park’s bandstand in August, starting at 1.30pm each Sunday.

There will be a different theme each week and we will kick off on Sunday 4th August with ‘Women Sing the Blues’ featuring Debbie Bond from Alabama who has a history steeped in the blues and who has played with some of the finest artists in America. Professor Redhair Band and That Blue Patch complete the first day’s line up.

The following weeks will see acts that are just as talented; ‘Harmonica Blues’ is the theme on Sunday 11th August with Doc K’s Blues Band and The Customtones; ‘Acoustic Blues’ with The Mark Harrison Band and the remarkable Anglo/American duo of Ben Tyzack and Guy Tortora appear on Sunday 18th August; while over the bank holiday weekend on Sunday 25th August, The Low Down Dogs and the absolutely magnificent Blues Chapter bring the series to a close with ‘The Old and the New’.

There is a terrific bar with food available at each event along with a Friends of Broomfield Park stall offering local goods for sale. There really isn’t a better way to spend a summer’s Sunday afternoon and even the weather won’t beat us because, if it absolutely pours, we will relocate for the afternoon to the home of St Harmonica’s, The Southgate Club.

Each afternoon is preceded at 1.30pm with an open mic session for an hour. Just as at St Harmonica’s Blues Club, admission is free and, if you like what you hear, all we ask is that you acknowledge that by contributing to the collection hat.

For more information about Broomfield Blues and to register for a slot at one of the open mic sessions:
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