Here we are stuck in Mobile or somewhere marking the 50th anniversary of Mr Tambourine Man (Bringing It All Back Home), Desolation Row (Highway 61 Revisited), electrifying Newport Folk and a little UK tour that led to Don’t Look Back. To help the celebrations JR has constructed a weekend package from Friday to Sunday:
HIGHWAY 65 REVISITED – The Portsmouth Bob Dylan Convention, will be held between Friday 17th-Sunday 19th July 2015, at The R.M.A. Tavern, Cromwell Road, Eastney, Southsea, Hants, and The Cellars at Eastney, opposite The R.M.A. Tavern.
The Convention starts at 6 p.m on Friday 17th July until late. The band PLEASANTVILLE will give us a full set of Dylan covers to amaze and delight. The band features guitarist and vocalist Bill Hughes, who spent some of his youth living next door to Bob Dylan in Woodstock,
Later we’re privileged to present the superb guitarist/vocalist STEVE PAYNE, accompanied by PAUL HOBDAY. Steve’s been on tour as a guitarist for Loudon Wainwright III and many other top artistes, including in California 1987 a superstar jam at a Taj Mahal concert. Michael Krogsgaard’s “Positively Bob Dylan” lists the guitarists as Taj Mahal, Jesse Ed Davis, George Harrison, Bob Dylan plus an “unknown guitarist“. Well, that “unknown guitarist” was STEVE PAYNE, who will no doubt be happy to tell you the story of how he ended up on that stage!
On Saturday 18th July doors open at The R.M.A. Tavern at 12 noon, and amongst others ADE CULL will be performing an acoustic solo set- at the last convention he did a great version of “House Carpenter”
Saturday 7.30 p.m.. we cross the road to The Cellars at Eastney for the highlight of the weekend – STEVE GIBBONS and P.J WRIGHT of THE DYLAN PROJECT.
After the STEVE GIBBONS and P.J WRIGHT gig we’re back to The R.M.A. where top Celtic rockers MARY JANE will be performing their second set (they do a great version of “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door”!), and after that there will be a late night session where anything goes – open mike encouraged!
On Sunday 19th July Doors open at The R.M.A. Tavern at 12 noon, and we‘re expecting to “wind up” by 6 p.m . During the early afternoon we’ll be presenting SCARLET TOWN, a four piece acoustic band featuring three out of four members of REET PETITE & GONE, (only Stewart Carr is missing) who were COUNTRY JOE McDONALD’s backing band on hus 2001 tour.. They’ll be performing a unique mix of songs from Bob’s back pages and elsewhere.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW – just £15 for the whole weekend, book “online” via Paypal on www.barkingspider.abelgratis.com or e mail JR on firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve. R.M.A day tickets are available on the day for a contribution of £2 each day (at least!) from J.R., or pay at the bar.
You can book the Steve Gibbons/ & P.J Wright gig on The Cellars website, http://www.thecellars.co.uk –
at £10 per ticket – or pay J.R on the day, subject to availability. (selling fast!!)