Next Weekend Part One


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 spiderpromos@aol.com 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!!)

Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

4 thoughts on “Next Weekend Part One

  1. Unusually for JR this was quite a long piece, so here’s a bit I chopped out

    “Isis”, the world‘s greatest Bob Dylan magazine,  will  be bringing some of   their extensive range of books, CD‘s , Vinyl and DVD‘s. Bring along Bob Dylan related items for our Saturday afternoon “swap meets” (no charge for selling).

    Rare Bob Dylan video and music played, test your knowledge with “Bob Bingo” quiz(!),  great live acts, impromptu “Dylan open mic” between acts and in the late night sessions (Friday and Saturday evenings) – all are welcome to participate.

  2. STOP PRESS- on Saturday afternoon Glen Malo will be at The R.M.A. performing a set of Mississippi John Hurt material- a man who influenced Bob Dylan deeply… check out this clip of Mississippi John at Newport Folk Festival – whilst MJH is talking at the beginning, you can hear Dylan over the P.A., and at the end of the clip you can see the man himself, as he’d watched the set…

  3. …and here’s HIs Bobness with his solo recording of a song performed by Mississippi John Hurt. anyone who, after hearing this says Bob can’t play guitar – or sing the blues come to that – wants shooting…

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