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Sunday 7 July 6.00pm - 9.00pm

St Harmonica's Acoustic Blues Jam

The Southgate Club, 17 Chase Side, N14 5BP (Entrance is in Crown Lane)  

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The first Friday of every month is Comedy Night so NO Blues Club this Friday BUT, this Sunday, 7th July, 6.00pm - 9.00pm gives lots of players and singers the chance to perform on the stage at the Southgate Club at the legendary St Harmonica's Acoustic Blues Jam. This one is a bit unusual as we will only be playing instruments that don't need to be plugged into an amp (although we will still put them through the PA), and endeavouring to select material that suits this style. We may make one or two special exceptions (e.g. for keyboards), but please don't come expecting to play electric guitars, bass, etc.

Proceedings will kick off at 6.00pm sharp with the house band followed by carefully selected combinations of players and vocalists performing the numbers of the vocalists’ choosing. Anything could happen and it usually does - sometimes it is magnificent!

Jammers
Sign in on arrival, ideally before 6.00pm, with name and preferred instrument. We'll supply some drums & percussion, keyboard, acoustic bass, mics and DI boxes for acoustic instruments, and the PA.

Queensbury Jamming Rules apply:

  • the singer calls the tune, decides the key, and dishes out the solos;
  • players: please unpack your instrument, tune up and have everything ready before it's your turn to play;
  • solos are generally 2 verses long, unless the singer decides otherwise;
  • sets are 3 songs (unless we're running out of time, or your songs are 10 mins long);
  • if you aren't a drummer, bassist, or keyboard player, please bring your own instrument. Drummers, do bring your own sticks!

Audience members are vital to the whole proceedings, and highly valued!

Same as on Fridays: free admission with your St Harmonica’s 2019 membership card; put some money in the hat if you enjoy the music.


St Harmonica's at the Southgate Club

St Harmonica's will be at the Southgate Club on Fridays - apart from the first Friday of the month. Instead of the first Friday of the month, St Harmonica's will be at the Southgate Club on the Sunday after the first Friday (which in some months will be the second Sunday of the month).

We’ve spent a bit of time up at the new venue and we hope that you will all like the place and feel at home straight away. To allay one or two concerns that came our way; there is loads of seating, around 120 seats around tables with good sightlines and acoustics, and there is a very well stocked bar with pumped beer, a few varieties, available in the members bar which St Harmonica’s members will be able to use on blues nights.

We are able to keep the conditions the same: purchase an annual membership card for just £5 (cheapest membership anywhere?) and thereafter admission is free on Friday blues nights and Sunday blues jams. As we’ve always done, we will take ‘the hat’ around for donations, which is how the bands get paid. The Southgate Club will take the bar takings, which is how they are able to give us the venue at no cost. We’re delighted to be able to keep St Harmonica’s as a community club and hope to bring you the best in blues throughout 2019 and into the next decade.

So you know where your membership fee goes, we’ve had to buy some new PA equipment this year and get a mixer repaired, which cost us over £1k, and we need a reserve to top up the bands’ fees when the evening’s hat doesn’t quite make it. 

Doors open at 8.00pm, the entrance is at the back in Crown Lane, and 2019 membership cards will be available on the door. Parking is fine after 6.30 in local streets and there is always 3 hour free parking in the Asda car park, public transport is a doddle!

Coming up in the next few weeks

Dates shown in red are Sunday night jam sessions.  Others are Friday nights.  There is no St Harmonica's on the first Friday of the month, when the Comedy Club is held in the hall.

JULY

 

Fri 12

Mark Harrison Band

Fri 19

The Cinelli Brothers

Fri 26

Dawn Sandells & Roots 101

Sat 27

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