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st harmonicas onlineMissing Friday nights at the Southgate Club listening to the great bands playing at St Harmonica's? Well, we can't do anything about the lockdown, but we can do our best to recreate St Harmonica's in the comfort of your own home. So pour yourself a glass of beer, move the furniture aside to make yourself a dance floor, click on the first of the music videos below and start a text conversation with some of the people you usually meet up with at the club.

Friday 26th June

This week's virtual St Harmonica's features music selected by John Crowther:

"When I started getting seriously into music as a spotty teenager with an acoustic guitar in the early 1970s, there were two distinct strands. On one hand, contemporary folk music; on the other, hard rock. Eventually I realised both strands had at least some elements (and in some cases, complete songs!) that led directly back to much earlier American blues, often via 1960s bands and musicians. They are the theme of this playlist. I hope you enjoy it.

"By the early 80’s I was thoroughly musically bored. Punk had burnt itself out; synthesizers didn’t do it for me. I discovered Hornsey public library’s blues record collection and learnt much more about the real roots of the music I liked. Maybe that will be my next playlist."

To watch and hear the music, click on the videos below, or you can enjoy John's selection as a YouTube playlist

John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers - Hideaway


Fleetwood Mac - A Fool No More


John Renbourn - Beth’s Blues


Free - Goin' Down Slow


Tony McPhee - Write me a few short lines


Taste - Sinnerboy


Spencer Davis Group - Nobody Knows You


Bert Jansch - Blues


Chickenshack - The Way It Is


The Ginger Jug Band - Mule


Cream - Sitting On Top Of The World


Duster Bennett – Hill Street Rag



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