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The Hollybush Inn, Sat. 24th March 2007

Ray Stubbs and His Amazing One Man Blues Band 

Singing and playing a mixture of: Boogie, Jug-band, Ragtime, Delta-Country and Chicago Blues, in a unique style, performed upon Europe’s largest one man band kit. Comprising of: Foot-operated snare drum, crash-cymbal, sock cymbals, foot-operated washboard, hi-hat, kazoosaphone, base-pedal board, jug, foot-operated cowbell, bass-drum, six and twelve string guitars, harmonicas and vocals. No backing tapes….no sampled sounds….just good live music. 

This was Ray at his best, blistering bottleneck guitar, gravelly vocals and a harp that angels, let alone Sonny Boy, would have been proud of! This Geordie One Man Blues Band covers blues music by many of the greats, including in tonights two sets:

Leadbelly, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Tampa Red, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Memphis Jug Band, Doctor Isaiah Ross, Jesse Fuller, Johnie Lewis, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Muddy Waters and Big Bill Broonzy. 

The highlights for me were Ray’s version of “Hey Baba  Rebop” and a harp solo encore.

As for the Venue, a packed bar of diners and drinkers were treated to some wonderful music, solo dancing by the landlady - not quite on top of the bar but who knows what might happen next time! 

Next Blues Gig:- Friday 4th  May: Acoustic Blues With Mike Markey & Nick Jones. 

Hollybush Inn
Near Hay-on-Wye

01497 847371 



Live music throughout the year.

Details provided by Steve Wosket

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