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.
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