Monday, December 30, 2013


TOM POOLE IS BACK for a very special 2pm - 14:00 - Matinee Blues Show.

Tom is very well known on the blues and roots music scene and he brings his own brand of rootsy blues to Platino's on the 10th of January, 2014.

You can learn more about Tom Poole here - CLICK HERE

RESERVE Your Chairs Please - as Platino's is a small and personal venue :) 

Where is Platino's? 
JAVEA BEACH - Avda De Llibertat, local 16 * opposite the BBVA bank - GOOGLE STREET VIEW -

Friday, December 13, 2013


REPORT by Karla Darocas
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The sun was shining and the sky was blue at the Javea beach on the 12th of December, as we gathered to groove, boogie and lunched at Platino's.

The rootsy-blues, fun and entertaining Reverend Richard John was visiting with us once again. He is a road musician who travels up and down Spain, venturing forth from his cave dwelling in the south of Spain.

After a few ripping tunes, the Reverend invited another musician, whom he just met, to join him on stage. This musician turned out to be Stewart Collier from Javea.

During the break, we had some more fun with some local celebrities.

Chris Duffin, author of JAIL TALES, and her husband Harry Duffin - author of CHICAGO MAY and THE TRIBE series, were rewarded with a CBBlues trophy for their support of the webzine - and the lunches.

Then Denia author - Jana Petken - came up on stage and told us about her new book - THE GUARDIAN OF SECRETS. She was followed by yet another local author - Lesley Ann Sharrock telling us about her book - THE SEVENTH MAGPIE.

Veteran Costa Blanca reporter Benny Davis was there too and he interviewed the Reverend and took this fabulous photo that you see here - with his signature on it.

The food and drink at Platino's was great and the service with a smile - was wonderful. So, a big thank you to Debbie, Mick and the gang for making our LUNCH PARTY a really nice afternoon.

Saturday, October 26, 2013


The challenge to bring a blues picnic to the Costa Blanca had its day on the 26th of October as over 150 ticket purchasing guests brought food, families and fun to LLiber's country house, Mas la Pau for a 4 hour long party.


The weather could not have been more perfect as the event opened up under Mediterranean blue skies with the blues grooves being laid down by one of the Costa Blanca's hardest working blues band - namely the Working Party Blues Band. Blues standards were mixed with some smooth R&B and a dash of 70'S rock to round out a fabulous set.

After a short break, the crowd was riveted to the bluesy, classic rocky and folksy tunes performed by the Graham Foster Trio. Monster guitar riffs were countered by an extended drum solo that ended in a giant climax that had the crowd to their feet and going wild.

Other strange and wonderful happenings keep popping up, to the delight of everyone, including a 3-way birthday celebration. Cake was presented and Happy Birthday was sung to three smiling folks from the crowd who were totally surprised by the celebration gesture. Even the cake had blue icing as it was a blues picnic birthday cake that was prepared by the house.

Carol from Guardian Angels came to the stage to talk about the charity's aim to raise money for school books to help off set the costs for single parents. A sexy calendar was presented as a fundraiser item and copies were sold to help the cause.

The finale saw that merger of the two performing bands. They rounded out the day with a few familar songs that brought the tone of the day down smoothly.

An extreme surprise that suprised all of us - was when comedian and singer - Kelly Fox - got up from the audience and performed two ripping and outrageous versions of blues standards. It was an over-the-top performance!

All in all, the day ran like clock-work. Helen King was a star. Not only did she pull this day together but she played bass in her band, served cake, put up balloons, charmed and hostessed her way into the hearts of the crowd.

NOTE: There were a lot of people taking photos and videos and it would be so great if you could send in your photos to - NEWS@CBBLUES.COM - so they can be posted in our PHOTO ALBUM.

We would like your videos too - but do not send them via email as they are too large. They need to be uploaded to YouTube.

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Saturday, October 26th from
will see the very first Blues Picnic shake, boogie and bebop on the Costa Blanca. Setting up stakes at the rural retreat country house of Mas la Pau - in Liber, blues fans will be treated to a family day full of live blues music and dancing in this amazing private location.

The Blues Picnic will feature the Graham Foster Trio and its hosts are the regional blues band - Working Party Blues Band. Lead guitarist Mike Conn tells CBBlues readers and fans all about his passion for the blues and how he got started in music. 

BLUES PICNIC * Tickets are going at a steady rate for this event - so register now - here is the link!!
Bring your own folding chairs, blankets and picnic basket of goodies or enjoy some lovely food prepared by the Mas la Pau people!



Lead guitarist for the Working Party Blues Band

* Name: Mike Conn
* Living: Villalonga, near Gandia
* Roots: Bristol
* Married: yes
* Children: No
* How Long in Spain: Nearly twenty years



Keyboards for the Working Party Blues Band


* Name:   David Alan Robinson
* Location Living: Javea
* Roots: Barnoldswick, Yorkshire (old West Riding of)
* Married: Yep
* Children: 2 sons
* How long on the Costa Blanca: a year



Drummer for the Working Party Blues Band

* Name:  Terence Alan Hayes
* Location Living: La Font De'n Carros
* Roots:  South East London
Married:  40 Years so far
* Children:  2 sons, Sam & Jamie
* How long on the Costa Blanca:  10 years



Helen King has had many roles in her life but the one personality that suits her own private nature is a musical one. Since becoming a bass player of her own design and keeping the rhythms for the Oliva-based blues band namely the Working Party Blues Band, Helen is having fun!

When I was able to finally catch up with this wonder woman, we chatted about our mutual love and respect for the blues genre and how we wish to be rich and bring all types of blues legends here to the Costa Blanca. We also exchanged information relating to health issues and embracing natural solutions when possible. We also had a great time taking photos of Helen and her bass guitar.

In this interview, Helen shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for music and how she ended up in Spain. Plus, some of the fun results of our photo shoot are here for your enjoyment. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013


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CBBlues fans and friends were treated to a rare and special show on the 9th of October at Platinos at the beach in Javea. 

The Reverend Richard John was in the region, playing normal night time gigs up and down the coast, however for our society of blues aficionados he performed a wild and ripping lunchtime gig.

For those of you who do not know of the Reverend Richard John, he is a unique bluesman.

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Following in the traditions of the US delta Mississippi cotton farm entertainers, RRJ keeps the beat on a box, while belting out melodies on a variety of guitars. To enhance the show RRJ blasts out even more notes on his harmonicas and whines out words giving the blues a "hurting and haunting" quality.

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Needless to say, it was a show that got the crowd to their feet and dancing in the middle of the day. Everyone enjoyed themselves and was begging for more.

RRJ gave two encores and then posed for a photo with some of our subscribers.

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Two members of the local blues band - THE WORKING PARTY
BLUES BAND got up on stage and performed a wee tune and promoted an event that they are hosting - THE BLUES PICNIC * 26TH OCTOBER * featuring THE GRAHAM FOSTER TRIO * LOCATION - Lliber @ Mas de Pau - 10 EUROS and kids under 11 are FREE * Here is the Ticket Reservation Form link -

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013



Don't Miss this Blues Sensation in a very special performance for and CBBlues Network of Friends :)




Q. THE REVEREND RICHARD JOHN - I am sure that everyone asks you about where the "Reverend" part of your name comes from?
Are you a real man of the cloth? or is it a stage name like the Reverend Gary Davis?

A. No - I am not an ordained minister, I just added the title "Reverend" to my christian names out of respect for the Reverend Gary Davies. It was after watching some amazing film footage of him peforming. The emotional effect on his audience was incredible and he was a great influence during my early blues awareness.

Q. You have a real delta sound and style to your music and stage performance, but you are British? How did you become influenced by this rootsy southern United States musical genre?

A. Like many in the 60's - I tried to play guitar in different styles of rock and pop, but I was never comfortable with those styles. Then I tried  blues and found I really enjoyed the feel of playing it, especially the slide. I have had it said that my style is attuned to the delta sound, but I am not really aware of it. 

When I was growing up there were many old blues 78's in the house (I wish I had them now) and they are my earliest memories of music-  so I think that is where the initial influence came from.

Q. How did you end up in Spain?

A. By chance really - I had just sold my house in Essex and bought myself a new car. I advertised my old car for sale in a free ad paper and they sent me a copy of that issue where I spotted an ad for a cave house for sale in Granada. So I took the earliest flight over and bought it. 

It is the best thing I ever did. Spain suits me perfectly.

Q. What do you like best about performing the blues in Spain? Do the Spanish people respond to the genre? 

A. My favorite gig in Spain is in Madrid. It's a tiny underground "dedicated" blues club called La Coquette. Like The Cavern in Liverpool it oozes nostalgia and I am very proud to say I have managed to get a slot there for the last 5 years. 

As in much of Spain, the people who run the club and the regulars who patronise it are also very proud of their blues heritage. It is an exceptional feeling to be even a small part of that.

The spanish response to music is almost always passionate. Blues music is, I think, a very direct form of music, which if played with passion will draw the best out of a spanish audience.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


SATURDAY, MAY 18TH * JUNE 2013. CBBlues Network celebrated the spirit of celtic roots music with Irish Des and the Shamrockers. The evening started with a roasting round of roots tunes as Des laid out the licks on his guitar. Alvaro and Barrie were keeping the Celtic beat in the background. We had a good sing-a-long and a dance or two.

Later in the evening, Tom Poole slid into a slide guitar blues session and was spontaneously joined by Alvero on drums. It didn't take long before Des and Barrie joined Tom for a blues jam extraordinaire!!

Make sure to check out the party videos on our 


Monday, May 13, 2013


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ATTENTION CELTIC ROOTS MUSIC FANS * SOCIAL EVENT * CBBlues & Roots Network presents - CELTIC ROOTS PARTY * We are celebrating the coming of summer @ * with "Irish Des" and the ShamRockers. 
The ShamRockers are a three piece Celtic party band. Their musical and lyrical roots are themed in the history of Ireland including songs about emigration, love, loss and alcohol.

"Irish Des" is the lead guitarist and singer, who also plays the mandolin is together with Barrie on bass and Alvaro on drums. This trio really knows how to turn up the Celtic music magic.

 "Irish Des" says they he is looking forward to playing at La Tasca in Les Fonts for the CBBlues Network, which he feels is an exciting new venture organised by Canadian media madam Karla Darocas and British blues axeman Tom Poole with the aim of keeping music "real". 

It is going to be a fantastic night with prizes.  Don't miss it!

Sunday, May 12, 2013


LOS JAM.ONES * 11 MAY 2013 * The CCBlues Network Social was in full gear on Saturday night with the super group hailing from Oliva - Los Jam.ones.

Wow, what a show!!

Musical host - Tom Poole, warmed up the house with his early roots blues tunes accompanied by his trademark bottleneck slide guitar style.

There is no other musician on the coast who compare to Tom's musical characteristics. He is an old soul.

We were absolutely shocked down to our socks by the Jam.ones. These musicians were so hot!! They were tight as a band. Their change-ups were in perfect timing. Their pitch, tempo and harmonies were just fabulous.

To the blues, they added their own style  with extra inflections and vocal noises. They also gave the crowd a thrill by doing entertaining tricks on the drums and bass guitar. The lead guitarists were smokin!

To the reggae tunes, the Jam.ones once again showed us all the power of their performance skills and the natural feel that they have for the rhythms of reggae. However, they made the reggae standards their own by tuning the tempo up and making each song more fun!

To drive us all crazy, the Jam.ones gave their best on the early blues meets old-time rock and roll tunes, which once again, they added their own personal grooves and beats. It was impossible not to get up on the wooden dance floor and move about like a carefree spirit.

I was really impressed with this group, if you cannot tell already. I think we might have a band that could take our network and region into the EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE?

Make sure to check out the party videos on our 


Monday, May 6, 2013



CBBlues Network is going to celebrate the coming of our Costa Blanca summer season by hosting a Blues n Reggae party featuring the hardest working blues n reggae band on the coast - THE JAM.ONES.

Based in Oliva, this group have been working musicians for many years and have cut their teeth at many a fiesta!


Sunday, May 5, 2013


The Irish Blues Party was a unique and surprising mix of blues and Irish music with a few extra twists and turns.

Special guest "Irish" Des McGullycuddy delivered a stellar performance and charmed the house with his cool slide guitar stylings and mellow crooner vocals. While Tom Poole was more edgy on his dobro adding his rootsy n bluesy vocals, which offered a dynamic contrast. It turned into a match made in groovy heaven!

Once again we had a nice crowd with some local celebrities showing their support. Literary and television screenplay writer Harry Duffin was there with his literary wife Chris Duffin. Novelist Lesley Sharrock was spotting dancing up a storm and so was local entrepreneurs Millie Munro and Sue Coley.

Thank you's go out to Barry Hadley on bass and Natiel on drums. These cats really kept up their end of the rhythm  section.

All in all, the collaboration was smoking hot and exciting!! I have never heard anything like this pairing on this coast or any coast - before!!

Make sure to check out all the videos on the CBBlues YouTube Channel - 


Tuesday, April 30, 2013


CBBlues Network * Saturday Nite Social * presents its first  IRISH BLUES PARTY - A perfect blend of traditional Irish roots music with the power and passion of the blues!!

DON'T MISS * The Blue Notes featuring The Dueling Dobros  with Special Guests "Irish" Des McGillycuddy  & Barry Hadley.

Tom Poole and Irish Des will be pulling out all the stoppers in order to get the house into full roots rumble. It going to be double trouble as these guitar greats get down and dirty with their dobros!! Watch for smoke and full on fun!!

The action all starts at 7:30pm - First Come First Served on Seating!

Sunday, April 28, 2013


Under very nonseasonal cloudy skies, the CBBlues Network had its first Blues & Books party night. 27 APRIL, 2013

The party opened up with the talented Brad Marrinar giving up a few solo acoustic tunes on his ukulele and charmed the house full of friendly blues loving folks who came along despite the weird weather.

The Tom Poole and his band got the juke joint jumping with some blues standards as guests chowed down on their eats and treats.

Once the mood was set, local, new published author - Norman Reeley came up on the floor where I interviewed him about his conviction and tenacity to sit down and write a novel. Looking dapper in his jacket, neck scarf and tartan trousers, this native Scottish writer began to read from one of the chapters in his novel - Malevolent Karma.

The band came up again and really started to turn up the boogie woogie and the jivers took to the floor to work off their dinner. After this set, we settled into the Raffle.

The Raffle consisted in a number of gift certificates from local business, which we always like to promote by talking about them over the microphone to the crowd. Jill Cole of Zahra Sugaring & Beauty of Benitachell gave a 20 euro pamper treatment session. Trudi van Dorp, Reiki Master, offered a 25 euro treatment. Studio H of Moraira offered a 65 euro pamper session at their studio which can be found on the coast road to Calpe. AloeLand gave away a bottle of its famous aloe vera gel with rosehip oil. Plus, we gave away 2 blue menu and show gift certificates and 3 bottles of Valencian wine. It was a great night of prizes and fun for all.

We had a special musical guest in the audience - Irish Des or Des McGillycuddy of the ShamRockers. He and fellow band mate Barry Hadley will be bringing their brand of traditional Irish acoustics to the blues in the first of hopefully many - IRISH BLUES PARTY - SATURDAY 4TH MAY, 2013.

The final band set was had the house on its feet and in a blues trance. The band was super tight and each musician was trading off guitar licks and giving the audience lots of kicks! It was a great - SUPER - night of blues. - KD.