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Blues Night, 16th October 2008

North Cotswold Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale



  On Thursday 16th October North Cotswold Branch of CAMRA made their annual outing across the border to Worcestershire visiting the excellent Crown &Trumpet GBG pub at Broadway for their Blues Night. The Crown & Trumpet is also listed in the Good Pub Guide and has been run for 25 years by Landlord Andrew Scott, previously Bar Manager at the nearby famous Lygon Arms, also Social Secretary of the Shakespeare Branch of CAMRA in the 1980’s.

  Thirteen NCB members and friends turned up and were entertained by Sons of the Delta who were making their annual visit to the Crown & Trumpet, Broadway. They only play venues with good beer they tell us !




  The duo are Mark Cole, of Maxwell Street Blues Band fame, who sings and plays harmonica and guitar and guitarist Rick Edwards, who is well known at the Cotswold Beer Festival at Postlip each year for his performances with the Blueshounds and who is himself an ex Cirencester CAMRA member.  They play a raw, passionate blend of traditional and original acoustic juke joint and street corner delta blues flavoured with the many roots music styles from the southern states of the USA. From their opening Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee number, through Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and some of their own compositions they provided us with an effervescent mix of Blues and Country music. These guys dont just play the blues, they feel it, breathe it and simply live it ! 

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  During the interval Peter White, our well known Blues music correspondent and North Cotswold Branch Chairman, did a little poaching on Shakespeare territory and presented Andrew Scott with the Locale Ale certificate and pump clip badge for the local Stanway Wizard Beer. Stanway Beers are always on offer in this pub.  This is a new CAMRA initiative to encourage the sale of locally produced beers within 25 miles of the outlet. The well kept Stroud Tom Long, and Jack O Lantern came via the Ale Trail from Gloucestershire and the Timothy Taylor Landlord travelled somewhat further to this excellent pub just awarded CAMRA’s Worcestershire County Pub of the Year 2008, the previous evening.



  Report by Peter White and Roger Price. Photos by Max Messenger