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The Alnwick Town Crier


Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is considered one of the world's premier blues guitarists, capable of filling cavernous music halls with his inimitable six string style. As such the offer of being able to take home one of his performances is more than tempting. Joe Bonamassa's Live At Radio City Music Hall captures one of the internationally-renowned musician's finest hours, on stage in front of an adoring entourage of fans, steaming through renditions of work old, new, familiar and foreign. The DVD, Blu-ray and album are available to buy now, although that's not even half the good news we have for those who appreciate this rightly worshipped maestro. As if that wasn't enough already, the aficionado is offering a complimentary download of his single, One Less Cross To Bear , via his website, www.jbonamassa.com/freemp3, clearly looking to disprove the theory that nothing in the modern world comes for free. Whoever said philanthropy and true charity were dead obviously needs to have word with themselves, once they have claimed their toll-free track, of course.
Oyez, Oyez, Oyez Lords, Ladies, Gentlefolk let us hear your praise. Berwick born Lucy Bronze has us in a daze. Again she has won a prestigious award. To ignore this talent we can not afford. In football this Northumbrian reigns supreme. To us earthbound mortals it seems but a dream. She set out at eight to beat her own brother, but now we're hard-pressed to find such another. God save the Queen
During this present pandemic, numerous people faced with bereavement are finding comfort through blues music. Leading musicians bared their souls to me, whilst telling how heartache and tragedy gave birth to many of their greatest hits. Sunday Wilde explained how the loss of a child kick-started her career, adding that song writing enabled her to release her anguish. Candi Staton spoke about the healing power of blues. Rocky Athas spoke of losing his close childhood buddy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and the many lessons he learnt. The healing power of blues then, is an essential ingredient in our recovery from the present pandemic crisis. It appears that releasing our grief in this way enables our recovery and ability to move forward. The Chinese word for 'crisis' is 'wei - chi' I am told, being made up of two separate words. 'Wei' (danger) and 'chi' (opportunity). There is a danger that we will internalise our pain, allowing it to fester and prevent our recovery. Blues music also allows us the opportunity to voice our pain, allowing our personalities to develop and be enriched by the experience. Popular blues musician, Robbie Reay shared the belief that blues, rather than being a mournful music, lifts the spirits. 'There is a misconception that blues is a mournful music, when it is quite the opposite. Whilst coming from a place of hurt, it leads towards healing and as such is a joyful music.' Robbie's song 'Side By Side' provides an excellent example of this, having been born out of personal tragedy. A song of hurt and healing, it leaves many listeners visibly moved by its message of healing.
Robbie Reay