À LA RECHERCHE DE LA DATE D’UNE GRIMSHAW REVELATION : 1933–1935 ?
Emile Grimshaw est né en octobre 1880 à Accrington, au nord de Manchester, dans le Lancashire. Comme le montre sa photo, c’était surtout un joueur de banjo qui se produisait au début du 20e siècle avec son quartet. Bien connu pour ses méthodes d’apprentissage de l’instrument et ses partitions, il fit plusieurs enregistrements dont « Darktown Dandies » (HisMaster’s Voice, 1930). Ses compositions sont encore jouées aujourd’hui. En 1930, il forma avec son fils, également prénommé Emile, une compagnie de fabrication de banjos et de guitares, lesquelles s’inspiraient de la construction des premiers. Le corps proprement dit comprenait deux parties. Un dos séparéenglobait pour ainsi dire la caisse, percée d’un large trou circulaire, l’ensemble étant conçu pour amplifier le son…

 

UNE GUITARE : L'EKO J56 À 12 CORDES
La marque EKO fut fondée en 1959 dans la région italienne des Marches par Oliviero Pigini. La firme commença par produire des guitares acoustiques et de petites archtop de type sicilien. L’idée était de produire des instruments accessibles au plus grand nombre. Dès 1962,  EKO décida d’offrir des guitares folk et choisit comme modèle le dreadnought qui dominait aux USA. Un modèle 6 cordes fut proposé avant que la firme se tourne rapidement vers une version 12 cordes qui prit jusqu’en 1967(?) le nom de J56. La J56 devint dans sa catégorie, dit-on, la guitare la plus vendue, avant d’être popularisée sous le nom de Ranger XII et d’entrer, en raison de la demande importante dont elle jouissait, dans la série des Rangers, avec la Ranger VI en 6 cordes…

 

CHARLEY PATTON. VOICE OF THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA
This book is a new edition, revised, of  a book published in 1987 by the Presses Universitaires de Liège under Robert Sacré’s direction. It includes studies due to internationally well-known specialists like David Evans (Tommy Johnson 1971 ; Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues, 1982 ; The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to the Blues, 2005)…

 

HONKY TONK (June 9, 2018)
If Gilles and I have to give only one concert in a year, it will be at the Honky Tonk in Dendermonde. I discovered the place long time ago with Big Dave, Raf and Wuff. We played there with Ilja De Neve’s band  in 2017 and receive a warm applause. What could we say about this gig ? It was even more wild than before, especially when we played with Ilja, Kurt Lens, Kurt De Bruyn and Koen Van Peteghem original songs like « Rahis’ èt rikètes» that probably lasted ten minutes……

 

ANTHINOISES (April 19, 2018)
If the festival of the Anthisnoises is not really dedicated to our music, this concert was at least imperative in memory of Jean-Pierre Urbain, who gave so much to the blues, and passed away last year…

 

CHÂTEAU D'OUPEYE (February 22, 2018)
For this concert in Elmore and Gilles D.’s home town, we invited the old friend Big Dave, supported by Ilja De Neve’s band. The audience of the Château is now used to a great variety of national and international blues bands…

 

ROCKING THE BARN CONCERTS (September 30, 2017)
Luc Henzig is definitely a special guy. His tremendous collection of string instruments used or owned by well-known rock and blues musicians maybeseen by persons especially in terested in the field. But the house keeping those treasures is not just a museum…

 

CAFÉ BRUN (September 23, 2017)
Small place, best spirit… The Café Brun is now one of the nicest blues den in South Belgium. We played there in the warm atmosphere of clients and bartenders who REALLY like our music – with some extension to roots and rock (like the reprise of «Be Bop A Lula»). Call us, amigos, for another gig !…

 

FESTIVAL BLUES EN LOIRE (August 17, 2017)
The Cellier des Moines of the Festival Blues en Loire et en Pays was full for the concert given by Gilles and Elmore D. on Thursday 17 August 2017 at 17:00…
Le  Cellier des Moines du Festival Blues en Loire et en Pays était complet pour le concert donné par Gilles et Elmore D. le jeudi  17 août 2017 à 17 heures…


photo © Pat. Demey
 

AT THE HONKY TONK JAZZ CLUB (June 10, 2017)
Ilja De Neve and his band, Scotch No Soda, received on 10 June, Elmore D. and Gilles in the cozy Honky Tonk Jazz Club (Dendermonde), where Elmore performed many years ago with Lazy Horse Timmermans, Big Dave and Willie Maze. The room was again completely full of jazz and blues amateurs who gave a warm welcome to the non-purely revivalist rendition of country blues and pre-war artists like Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell, Kansas Joe McCoy, Bo Carter or Skip James…


 

THE FLEET AT THE SPIRIT OF 66 (June 3, 2017)
As everybody knows in Belgium, the Spirit of 66 (Verviers) is one of the last remaining  blues clubs, with the Blues-Sphere, in the Liège area, which was so rich in former times of meeting places for real amateurs. Anyway, a core of them gathered in Francis Géron’s nice club, on 3 June, for a commemoration of the British Blues of the sixties, to which we due most of the discoveries of the large blues history (when Eric Clapton, among many other, refused to talk to somebody who did not know anything about Robert Johnson…)…

 

BLUES CAFÉ (March 20, 2017)
Some photos of « The Fleet » concert at the Blues Café of Classic 21 on Monday March 20st 2017 at the Marembais at Ham-sur-Heure/Nalinnes (Walter De Paduwa).
Quelques photos de la prestation de « The Fleet » au Blues Café de la Classic 21 ce lundi 20 mars au Marembais à Ham-sur-Heure/Nalinnes (Walter De Paduwa)…

 

CHUCK BERRY BLUES (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017)
Chuck? The most important composer and guitarist (with Eddie Cochran) in rock history. Quite simply. Here: my first purchase of a vinyl 33 (at Praillet, household appliances, rue Laixheau, Herstal, in 1964). It is the second Dutch release of the "Chuck Berry On Stage" by Chess, where the run order of the songs on the back sleeve is corrected. The first Dutch black pressing here had "Crying Steel" retitled as "Surfin' USA" (thanks to Discogs for info).  I think the public applause has been added. I had checked, on the back sleeve, songs of the side A to be learned: "Memphis Tennessee", "Maybelline","Rocking on the railroad" and "Brown-eyed handsome man"…

 

À LA CITÉ MIROIR (11 mars 2017)
Le groupe The Fleet s’est produit à la Cité Miroir de Liège, le 11 mars 2017, dans le cadre d’une manifestation sur « Jazz et Blues », au profit de l’ASBL Solidarité Logement. Jean-Pol Schroeder évoqua avec passion l’évolution de la communauté noire américaine à travers sa musique.  Le groupe formé avec les frères Cocco donna ensuite un concert consacré à quelques-uns des groupes blancs qui, dans les années 1960, travaillèrent à provoquer une mutation de la musique populaire, par la relecture du blues noir américain…

 

À LA FERME LEKANE (4 mars 2017)
Après avoir accueilli Tiny Legs Tim, Guy Verlinde, etc., la Ferme Lekane, qui s’affirme sur la scène wallonne comme des « maisons du blues », a reçu le 4 mars 2017 l’Elmore D. Trio. Comme au Pelzer Jazz Club, le concert s’est donné à guichet fermé, de nombreux amateurs n’ayant pu accéder à lasalle toute moderne de cette belle ferme de la fin du dix-huitième siècle. Mon fils Gilles et moi avons été rejoints par Henk van der Sypt (« Last Call », « The John Henry Orchestra »)…

 

AT THE PELZER (Jan. 20th 2017)
Many Liège amateurs have gathered in the friendly room of the Jacques Pelzer Jazz Club to hear a trio formula devoted to classical the blues between 1920 and 1950. The room was full, so that some persons did not find any place (sorry for my wife’s colleagues of the Clinique André Renard of Herstal). The concert was organized in memory of Jean-Pierre Urbain, great connoisseur of the blues and my friend for more than thirty years, who played such an important role my involvement into music.…

 

THE FLEET AT LUXEMBOURG-CITY (Dec. 9th 216)
The day starts by a visit to the extraordinary collection of guitars, basses, frying pans at amps brought together by Luc Henzig. Hundreds of instruments chosen for the way they illustrate the development of a manufacture (Gibson, Fender, etc.), but also because many of them have belonged to renowned artists. Technics and spirit: living encyclopaedia of guitar, Luc mastered the art of the distinguished amateur of blues and rock, who knows to strike your sensitive cord at the steady  rhythm of memories. Do you want to see the Les Paul given by BB King to Clapton, who gave it to Peter Green, who gave it to Duster Bennett (you see it on one of his albums), from whom it fell into the friendly hands of Top Topham... You may hold it, play it if you want, if you are not too nervous. Bob Margolin's Telecaster, lent to so many friends for a jam with Muddy: Luc got it…

 

ABOUT FERRE GRIGNARD'S DRUNKEN SAILOR (1)
Ferre Grignard has given in 1966, on Philips (Netherlands and France) a single record with Drunken Sailor and Hash Bamboo Shuffle 1702. The songs were included in 1968 in the wonderful LP entitled Ferre Grignard, where Drunken Sailor got the first place.
A good article in the English Wikipedia tells that the song, which “is believed to originate in the early 19th century”, “was revived as a popular song among non-sailors in the 20th century, and grew to become one of the best-known songs of the shanty repertoire among mainstream audiences”.  “It has been performed and recorded by many musical artists and appeared in many popular media”. “Although the song's lyrics vary, they usually contain some variant of the question, ‘What shall we do with a drunken sailor, early in the morning?’ In some styles of performance, each successive verse suggests a method of sobering or punishing the drunken sailor”…

  THE FLEET
On the occasion of Elmore D’s birthday party at the Crossroads Café in Antwerp, in April 2016, the members of the band and other friends were joined by the Cocco Brothers, well known Liège rock guitar players.  They decided to give gigs inspired by the blues of the sixties, especially of British tradition, including favorite songs by Fleetwood Mac - hence the name of the group - John Mayall, Keef Hartley Band, the Animals, the Pretty Things, Blues and Trouble, Duster Bennett and the Mike Vernon’s production on Blue Horizon. They will add what they consider as the best Belgian folk artist of the era, Ferre Grignard. Everything  is revisited in a non-purely-revivalist way but according to our personal humors.
Copyright © 2017 - Elmore D.  Photo Credits