The Launceston Blues Club
Friday night at The Oak we were greeted by friendly bar staff and LBC member, the lovely Karin who on the night looked after the band and took care of the merch and door ($5.00 entry). I bought a sticker and also a tiny Harp to hang round my neck, apparently its playable, but I've been told to stick to the drums! The Royal Oak has a great band setting with good sized stage, lights and PA supplied. Music memorabilia adorns the walls, a real venue! Friendly staff and a good number of welcoming and enthusiastic blues supporters turned up to support live blues. A big hi to John who joined us on Bass in the last set, nice playing. The food on offer was great and there was a 20% discount to blues club members! The band went for the twice cooked pork belly washed down with a local Pinot, just the thing on a cold Tassie night.
Launceston Blues Club is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers whose sole aim is to promote and present Blues and Roots music to the music lovers of Launceston. The club puts on regular gigs at their home of blues, the Royal Oak Hotel as well as hosting a jam day on the last Sunday of each month. The club also holds major events from time to time such as; Blues in the Garden, Blues Sessions, Jordan Delta Jam held at Oatlands (in conjunction with the Hobart Blues Club), Blues Cruise and jams in other regional centres.
The Hobart Blues Club
Hosts a regular event at ‘The Duke’ bar Hobart, from 7:30 pm on the first Tuesday of each month.
A top hotel restaurant setting, with excellent food, they have a large wood fired pizza oven and daily specials with discounts to Blues Club Members. The Blues club troop got there around 6 and set up the black backdrop, banner and the PA, all hands on deck. The dining area where the Jam Sesh is held was booked out, all were there to hang and enjoy the host band and Jammers. Keith Hall and Pat Dow band ( with yours truly on Kit ) set up and pumped out 45 mins of driving blues, starting with a couple of pulled back acoustic songs, with the diners in mind. As the meals were finished and the dancers hit the dance floor the groove and vibe lifted as the Club President, Dave McKay, Joined us on Harp. Job done we settled back in to the crowded room, listened, met and chatted to the very welcoming Blues lovers and players. The jams were well ordered and the jammers kept the crowd dancing and cheering to the end.
The Hobart Blues Club Aims to promote and foster all forms of blues and roots music;
communicate with other blues and roots clubs, societies and associated organisations.
Encourage young musicians to participate in the performance of blues and roots music;
encourage older musicians and others to take part in the blues and roots community.
PS I met my name sake and possibly distant relative (shared Scottish ancestry) Peter Allan at the HBC Jam night, also a lover of blues and a committee member of the Hobart Blues Club.