Saltburn's one-year-old rhythm and blues club has ambitious plans for 2013.
Gig promoter Harry Simpson says that despite its name the club is a perfect place to escape from ‘the blues.’
“Some people feel blues music is miserable. But it’s not, it’s often very upbeat,” said Harry who started the not- for-profit club because he saw a gap in the local market. “In fact the most famous blues song of all is called Let The Good Times Roll!”
Harry has lined up a list of national and international names in the blues scene to play in 2013 upstairs at the Spa Hotel.
American singer Kirsten Thien, who appeared at the club in October, started the big-name push.
2013 bands include top blues names The Emma Wilson Band, Ramon Goose, Jo Harman Band, Kyla Brox and Hokie Joint.
“I hope to attract not just people from Saltburn but from all over the region and beyond,” said Harry, a former police inspector who is now a personal trainer based in Saltburn.
“We have recently created a website www.saltburnbluesclub.co.uk where there is a page dedicated to Saltburn and its attractions to encourage people to come to the club and make a weekend of it.”
Many local businesses sponsor the website and the raffle. More are invited to sponsor activities. The Spa is regularly described as one of the best venues in the area by artists performing there with a lively atmosphere and appreciative audience.
The nearby pier features in the blues club’s material. The hotel offers discounted room rates for visitors attending gigs.
Tickets are available from Whistlestop Wines, Saltburn, and www.wegottickets.com.
History note: The blues or “rhythm and blues,” originated in America’s Deep South about 100 years ago. And a lot of rock music comes from the blues - the music of the Beatles, the Animals, the Rolling Stones and Teesside’s Chris Rea were inspired by R and B music, says Harry.