The Lewis Hamilton Band had been discussing the idea of a blues jam session with Suddabys for quite some time after many amazing gigs here playing killer Blues Rock music. The band features Lewis Hamilton on lead guitar/vocals, Nick Hamilton on bass and Ben O’Reilly on drums. As well as Suddabys they have toured everywhere from Shetland to Poland, playing some of the biggest Blues Festivals along the way, such as headline slots at Hebden Bridge and Maryport. When the subject of holding a session came up we immediately embraced it with open arms and yesterday the band held their first one here. The turnout for the event was great and the atmosphere around the main room of the bar was electric. The band kicked off the night in perfect style before other musicians/bands were asked to play some songs. There was some absolutely amazing acts that played, and everyone seemed to be having a great time.

The first act to get up after The Lewis Hamilton Band was a duo called Jim and Lisa Kilcar who played a haunting set of acoustic blues. This was followed by Josie Hick and Ben O’Reilly who played incredible renditions of songs by Dusty Springfield and The Beatles. This writer also played a bit of an acoustic set with master harmonica player Dodgy Jim (aka Jim Clarke) and bassist Aaron Thurlow. One thing that was significant in my mind about last night was that so many people felt and got involved with the music. There was a unity about the event as different musicians played together, instead of just separate acts playing their sets. For example, bassist Matty Joseph got up to play a rendition of a Beatles song with Ben and Josie, while guitarist Nick Thompson and bassist Kit Bull got up to play some Blues and Rock N’ Roll covers with The Lewis Hamilton Band. Even people watching got involved, singing and clapping along with the songs, as musicians encouraged them to do so.

The night ended in typical Suddabys fashion with a lot of people dancing and enjoying themselves as all the musicians got up together to play a few last songs. The night was a huge success and a second date for the event has already been discussed. We’re thinking of holding the Blues Jam Sessions every two weeks on a Sunday night at 9pm. So if any musicians reading this blog want to come down, you are more than welcome here. Great night, here’s to the next one!

Dec Suddaby

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