Sunday, September 25, 2016

FALL IN LOVE WITH CROSSROADS THIS SEASON 2016



THE FALL SEASON OF CROSSROADS got off to a great start on Saturday morning (September 2016).

Most of the regular CrossRoaders were on hand and they brought their friends too. It was a very large and exciting crowd with a lot of talent in the mix. We had performers from UK, America, Australia and Spain - plus me being Canadian, however I lost my spoken word piece so could not perform!

There was a great support from all in attendance and 20 plus stayed on for the community home-cooked lunch for more socialising and sharing. The improvement on issues of shyness with some members has really soared. You cannot believe they are the same people who joined us 2 years ago!! Music does have the power to transform minds and souls and the CrossRoads monthly community events are the perfect environment for this blooming of talents.

I baked a Canadian-style coffee cake for all the guests with carrots, walnuts and lots of cinnamon - not too much sugar! It turned out to be hit - so I guess it will become tradition too. There is something to hosting a coffee morning with coffee cake as the bonus.

Buddy Paul, our music director was in good form and spirits considering the fact that he was working and making music till late the night before!! What a professional. He never misses a beat and he loves his CrossRoaders!!

I was clicking away with my camera -  as usual - and went for some humanism poses / photos using my favourite folks = the CrossRoaders.

See you all Next Month xx
Karla Darocas, news@cbblues.com

















Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CBBLUES SEASON #5 OPENING PARTY WAS A HARP HEART STOPPER!!



Costa Blanca Blues, the one and only blues music appreciation group on the coast, launched its 5th season with a spectacular reunion of the best blues harmonica performers in an intimate yet ultimate showdown that was powerful and exciting.

CBBlues music director Buddy Paul pulled together many of the musical guests from last season and the 2nd Annual Harp Attack - Dueling Harmonica Show - went off with a ton of energy.

A very warm thank you to all the musicians who came in from all corners. 

We had harp player extraordinaire Little Fonzi who hails from Benidorm. The Valencian king of the blues harp, Danny Boy was down from Valencia city. Daniel Tena who really puts a lot of lung into his harmonica was also here from the big city of Valencia. And of course Buddy Paul who has come a great distance in the blues harp ranking and I would say has reached Master status.

Peter Murphy was here all the way from the UK. We were afraid that he could make it as he was ill earlier in the year, however, the knowledge that he was to perform at the 2nd Annual Harp Attack got him better again!!



Keeping the musical melodies on the right track was new comer Jon Knox from Altea, who proved to be not only a monster guitarman but a super showman and good sport!

Back beats were kept in order by our favourite standby drummer from Oliva - Alvaro Diez and on base guitar is our long time CBBlues friend - Mr. Brad Marriner.

During the show, I had a lovely woman come up to me and state that she was so happy and the music made her want to dance. Another gentleman, who drove a long way to be with us, now that is a blues fan, said that he felt like "crying with happiness" when he heard good blues.

The feedback has been fantastic from this event and everyone wants a 3rd Annual Harp Attack next September 2017 - So - I guess we will BLOW IT UP again!!

Enjoy the photos and I will be posting more videos to the CBBlues YouTube Channel but here is one to get you revved up!! 

VIDEO - CLICK HERE

Thank you to all of our devoted CBBlues Fans and Friends who appreciate and celebrate with us each and every time!!

Karla Darocas, editor

BUDDY PAUL - I can't hear you... Got your Mojo Workin?

Danny Boy bringing the music to the people

Fun time with the tshirts

Danny Boy serenading the dancers

Jon Knox goes wild with boa

Buddy Paul having a blast

Daniel Tena showing his mighty mouth organ

Little Fonzi looking relaxed

Peter Murphy blowing his blues and feeling the spirit
 

Friday, September 16, 2016

BACK TO THE BONE * LAUNCHES WITH VINTAGE ACOUSTIC DUO * SARA GEE & RAMBLIN' MATT


CBBlues fans are in for a great new season of high quality musical talent at all of the social events!
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COSTA BLANCA BLUES will launch it's BACK TO THE BONE * Acoustic Roots Music Revival Concerts - this OCTOBER 7TH and every First Friday of the Month - till end of the season!!

"Our Sunday Socials are great fun but they are big band and party action with blues songs ranging from Chicago to British styles," explain organiser Karla Darocas.

"I want to also showcase the acoustic talents that are the true revivalists; the roots performers who are dedicated to keeping the old songs and styles alive!", she continues.

Together with her music director, Blues entertainer Buddy Paul - the Back to the Bone - concert series was born.



"For the launch, I wanted performers who were extremely talented and solid entertainers," explains Karla, who has been a dedicated blues and roots music fan and journalist since the early 70's.

There is no one on the scene more devoted than the roots musical duo of Sara Gee and Ramblin' Matt. With 4 album under their belts, these talents will be representing Spain in the 2016 edition of the Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards, to be celebrated in Jefferson, Texas in mid-October.

Together with Buddy Paul, these musicians will be sharing a Selection of Vintage Delta Blues and Early Mountain Hillbilly Songs from Beginning of the XX Century to the 1940's!!

No strangers to the Roots Revival music scene, Matt has attended roots revival festivals in the USA and UK. Sara got her chops by performing vintage blues and country in Formentera. These are Spanish musicians and yet they have an extreme attraction to the old Americana & British music styles.

Both Sara and Matt are from Valencia, but are now living in Denia. Matt spent 20 years between USA, UK and Zanzibar and Sara has been in Formentera 7 years also playing music. They met in May 2013 and they have lived together and played together ever since, and they plan is to keep on doing it until their last breath.

Get all of the full what's and wherefores on this talented twosome - Click Here

"Old lyrics enable me to put myself in the shoes of those old performers, songsters that made a living from their music, always running here and there...just like myself ," chuckles the revivalist songster / performer.

He continues, "Sara draws her inspiration from Blues women like Bessie Smith or Memphis Minnie, and also from Hank Williams."


BACK TO THE BONE promises to be a trip back to the past where songs were crafted and performers were one with their instruments. It's going to be a real journey into the heart of emotional songs that don't die!

"Due to past life antics and a hazardous life and travels,  I have internalized The Blues thereby making it a part of myself, explains Ramblin' Matt.

"The Blues, it's like my very own Prozac; it keeps me balanced."

Like all music fans who appreciate the vintage genres, Matt admits, "I like very much the tale songs of the first songsters, about dodgy characters and bar room stories."

Sunday, September 11, 2016

CROSSROADS * SEASON NUMBER THREE LAUNCHING * 24TH SEPTEMBER 2016


CrossRoads is launching it’s 3rd season of its lively monthly interactive Coffee House Morning that is always surprising, inspirational and encouraging!

This great networking event provides friendly folks with a chance to mingle with an international grassroots community who enjoy making music, reading poems, telling stories and having fun!

Monday, August 29, 2016

HARP ATTACK! The Origins of a Phenomenon by Karla Darocas

The harmonica has a lengthy and respected tradition in blues music, and its role as a lead instrument is second only to the guitar in blues history.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

IN THE PRESS...

What a surprise to see this 3/4 page promo appear in the newspaper. Thank you once again to RTN and Jack Troughton for supporting the blues! If you cannot read it - here is the text as the article was taken from our website - CLICK


Sunday, August 7, 2016

UK BLUES HARMONIC GREAT - PETER MURPHY - TO JOIN 2ND BLUES HARP ATTACK SHOWDOWN


This September 2016, Costa Blanca Blues is launching its 5th season of supporting, celebrating, appreciation and sharing the best Blues music and musicians and keeping this profoundly humanistic music form alive and kicking for future generations to enjoy.

CBBlues is planning its 2nd annual Blues harmonica showdown called HARP ATTACK on Sunday the 18th of September, 2016.

It will be a grand reunion of performers from last year plus some new ones, hence boasting the largest gathering of Blues harmonica players ever on one stage in Spain - dueling with each other and blowing the roof off of  the Grand Salon at Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada.

Back for his second year of dueling, will be UK born and raised performer Peter Murphy hailing from Dartford, Kent.

Peter was only nine years old when he got the Blues bug from his sister Mary (age 12) who was a big fan of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.  He was also influenced by his sisters other favourite singers - Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra and their songs.

From such a young age, Peter had a love for the blues and when he was only 18 he discovered the blues harmonica master Sonny Boy Williamson and then Peter knew his destiny was to blow a blues harp.

According to Peter, Sonny Boy came to perform at the Black Prince, Bexley in 1963 as a surprise guest to the YardBirds and Peter was there to witness the magic!

Peter and his wife Carol started coming to the Costa Blanca on holiday a few years ago and discovered CBBlues and before long they were part of this big blues family.

"In the Valencian blues scene, Danny Boy Sanchez really shines," expresses the British bluesman.

Peter with Danny Boy
"Danny Boy’s technique and variety of styles not only equals Sonny Boy Williamson, in fact I thinks Danny Boy surpasses Sonny Boy,” he concludes.

"Another great harp player on the Valencian scene that stands out for me is Buddy Paul.”

Peter is very excited to be joining the CBBlues Harp Attack / Dueling Blues Harmonicas Showdown this year and he promises fans that it will be a grand contrast of styles as each player brings their personalities to the stage and encourages and challenges each other!

“It was an honour and a pleasure to play with them all last year at Bar Mediterraneo in Teulada,” admits Peter.  “And, I am really looking forward to September 18 and the opportunity to join them all again!”.

“All the participating performers were more than willing to pass on their advice and techniques, so if there are any wannabe Blues harp players out there, then come along and enjoy this years event!”

In conclusion, Peter announces, “We have made some good friends through the Costa Blanca Blues and their events including Karla Darocas and her husband José.¨

READ REVIEW OF LAST YEARS EVENT - click here

Saturday, July 2, 2016

BLUES IS BACK AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL * SAMANTHA FISH Video Reviews by Patrick Van Denhove


Samantha Fish:  Blues is Young and Female!

Hello blues lovers. Patrick reporting from France. 

We elderly people are often trying to make sure that the "transmission" is working. I wonder if the younger generations are building upon the corner stones that our generation laid for them?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CAPTIVATING CONCLUSION TO CROSSROADS SEASON 2015/2016


CrossRoads - Open-Mic - wrapped up with most of the regular Open-Mic gang showing up and a few new spectators.

Of course, Paul and his friend Manel were on hand to help round out the musical performers.

I did a spoken word piece at the microphone - lyrics from the legendary  Ida Cox (February 26, 1896 – November 10, 1967). She was an African-American singer and vaudeville performer, best known for her blues performances and recordings. She was billed as "The Uncrowned Queen of the Blues".

The lyrics I recited were from her hit song, "Wild Women Don't Have the Blues", and it is remembered as one of the earliest feminist anthems.

Monday, June 27, 2016

BELOVED BLUES/ROCK BIKER LEGEND Delivers Delightful Acoustic Selections * CD REVIEW by Karla Darocas


Ever so humble but there is nothing better than some great Canadian music. Yes, the legendary blues / biker rock music superstar - Pat Savage is Canadian and together with his love of music and motorcycles has been a major force in the music world.