The Blue Bishops

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It’s Been a While…

September 19th, 2014 by admin

Back with our old bass player Martin Turner, Simon, Justin, Geoff and Mike Rivers of the Crawdaddy

Ok. Quite a long while really. And quite eventful.

So first, apologies for the fact that, as the designated blogger I, Simon, have neglected my post for a long time. No excuses. Except maybe the usual stuff of time/gigs/holidays/family/sickness etc etc. The fact is that, while I welcome the instantaneous sense of connection we all get from the web, I always dip in with a sense of trepidation that it’s the tip of an iceberg that may mean I am spending all day looking at a screen of some sort or another, rather than the world around me as I get on with my life. But you, the loyal Blue Bishops friends, family, fans, stalkers, groupies, members, past members, depping members, physicians and therapists, deserve better. So…in the future, I will try and keep you more up-to-date.

In the meantime, let’s fill in some gaps. Many of you will have seen Voyager’s founder, Chris Hook, and more recently, Russ Rodford (son of our regular bassist, Jim), joining us onstage for recent gigs. Both of them are highly talented players in their own right and I hope, as we do, that they feel as much a part of the band as Jim does. The reason for needing deps to help out is the fantastic success the Zombies have been having over the last couple of years. Long-term Blue Bishops followers will know Jim divides his time between a lot of projects, not least of which is his role with Rod Argent (who played some cracking stuff on our ‘In the Red’ album) in the Zombies. Last year alone they did 2 Stateside tours, a tour in Japan, a European tour, a trip to Russia and a UK tour. So while he is back with us for some more dates soon, he is one busy man.

On the live music front we have been having a great time playing in different places, to different people, and having a ball meeting up with old friends and making new ones. In the current music climate where it’s so difficult for promoters and venues to keep their heads above water we have nothing but admiration for the effort that goes into every gig. And of course, we have nowhere to go without the fans who turn out, whatever the weather or economic climate, and put back the energy we give out by joining in the fun that can only happen when music is not just live, but ‘alive.’

So, whoever and wherever you are, thanks for coming back to these pages. Let’s hope I can make a visit once in a while, worthwhile, with news and updates of what we are up to.

In the meantime, you can look forward to some new material at gigs, as we work up the new numbers, bit by bit. And some more recent photos as they come in. We plan to record again as soon as we have selected the songs and put them through their paces. Long-term Blue Bishops followers will know that, with us, it can take time. But there’s no point in doing it until it feels right.

Meanwhile, ‘In the Red’ is still available at gigs and we are immensely proud of the album, and the performances our amazing guests Rod and John ‘Rabbit’ Bundrick who are both a privilege to work with. Not to mention the efforts of two legends on the other side of the recording desk. John Leckie and Stu Epps.

So…in the meantime, watch this space. And keep checking the gig dates and venues.

Let’s rock.

Simon

Blue Bishops. The Crawdaddy. 2nd March

February 28th, 2012 by admin
Jim, Simon, Geoff and Justin

Blue Bishops outside the Crawdaddy

In the 50th anniversary year of the club that launched the Stones, Yardbirds, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and so many of the stars who went on to invade America in the British Blues Boom, the Crawdaddy re-opens at the site it was relocated to when the Station Hotel in Richmond simply couldn’t handle the crowds.  On friday 2nd March [doors open 7.30]  the re-opening will take place in the very spot at the Richmond Rugby Club where so many careers took off. And we are honoured to have been asked to play the gig.

BBC Session

May 31st, 2011 by admin

A great session, with Rabbit along on keyboards. Words Left Unsaid from our ‘deep’ album and Blues Stand in Line, Credit Card and The Black Diamond from ‘In the Red.’ Broadcast will be on Paul Jones’ Show,BBC Radio 2, 7pm to 8pm, Monday 6th June.

Rab, Geoff and Si

The Paul Jones Show Radio 2

April 26th, 2011 by admin

Our live apprearance on the Paul Jones Show has now been put back to be broadcast on the 6th June 2011 and some more on the 20th June. Listen in to hear songs from the latest album, In the Red, and a favourite from the ‘deep’ album.

 

 

 

Barry Middleton interviews Simon Burrett

February 13th, 2011 by admin

BM: What was the first gig that you played and who with?

Simon: At 14 years old with the Square Roots, our band at Nottingham High School, with Geoff Gurd [went on to be a musician and record producer] his brother Johnny and drummer Bill Davis who was very grown up to us as he was a ‘fireman’ on mainline trains. It was at a do for ‘Mrs Vartan’s Dancing Class.’ No one gave a damn about learning to dance – it was just a great way to meet the girls from Brincliffe and the Girls High School. Read the rest of this entry »

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