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The Blues Band Redcar Coatham Bowl

The Blues Band Redcar Coatham Bowl late 70s or early 80s?
It’s hard to believe that The Blues Band have been around for over 30 years. I’ve seen them a few times over that period, although not recently. The ticket and programme pictured here come from different gigs. The programme is from their 1981 tour which I caught at Sunderland Polytechnic Students Union in Wearmouth Hall (now sadly demolished) and the ticket is from a gig at the Coatham Bowl which I suspect was a year or two earlier. Fronted by Paul Jones, The Blues Band always delivered a great night, and did exactly what it says on the tin, playing a set of traditional blues standards and some of their own (blues) compositions. Its interesting to see that the Coatham Bowl gig featured Stonebridge McGuinness as a support act. Stonebridge and McGuinness were both members of McGuinness Flint, another great band who I recall seeing supporting Humble Pie in the early 70s. Stonebridge and McGuinness were also members of the Blues Band, and of course the real genesis of these bands hails from Manfred Mann, which deserves a blog post of its own on another day!