North West blues
acts through to heat of New Brunswick Battle of the Blues
A fantastic night is in
store for blues fans at Newton-le-Willows’ True Blues Club on 13
January as 6 blues acts across the region go head to head in a heat
to find Britain’s best unsigned and original Blues artists. The
UK-wide talent search New Brunswick Battle of the Blues has reached
its heat stage and the competing acts chosen for the North West heat
can now be revealed as including:-
► Tom Attah from Shipley
► Alex McKown Band from Glossop
► Chris James Blues from Scotby, Carlisle
► Rythmn Zoo from Shrewsbury
► Cliff Brown Band from Yelvertoft
► James O’Hara from Gomersal
This search for the best of British blues has come about because the
Canadian Province of New Brunswick is looking to the UK to provide
new performers for its world-renowned Harvest Jazz and Blues
Festival in Fredericton, celebrating its 21st Anniversary in 2012.
Says competition organiser, Lee George:- "This is a real
opportunity for artists and fans alike. There will be 6 brilliant
acts battling it out for a place in the London final. We want as
many blues fans as possible to come along to the heat and share what
promises to be a night to remember."
The winner of each heat; plus 1 overall runner up chosen by the
public; who will perform at the final in London in March, with the
winner getting an all expenses; paid trip to the maritime province
of New Brunswick, Canada, to play on 1 of the main stages at the
Harvest Jazz & Blues
Festival in Fredericton, in
Lee again:- "This is the second year we’ve run this
competition and last year’s winners, 24 Pesos, had the time of their
life. New Brunswick is an incredibly beautiful part of Canada and we
will show the winning act some of the world’s best whale watching,
sea kayaking, breath-taking scenery and – very important - real New
Brunswick hospitality. Travelling to the Harvest Jazz & Blues
Festival could be a life-changing opportunity to perform amongst the
very best and to sample ‘the jewel of Atlantic Canada’ and all that
the Province has to offer."
The North West heat will be at The True Blues Club in Newton-le-Willows.on
13 January 2012. The show starts at 8.30pm and tickets cost just £5.
Doors will open at 7.15pm. For more information about the event and
the province of New Brunswick, visit:-
New Year's Eve. Can you help?
Detectives are appealing for information following an allegation of
rape in Southport. The 21 year old victim had been out celebrating
with friends on New Year's Eve. She left the Park Public House in
Birkdale in a taxi with friends at about 12.30am on Sunday, 1
January 2012. She got out of the taxi on her own a short while later
by the YMCA on Hoghton Street, Southport. She was about to
walk home when she was approached by a man who said he would walk
her home. Near to the wall of Holy Trinity Church he had a cigarette
and then it is alleged that he raped her on the church grounds. The
offender is described as a white male, small in height, and fat. He
spoke with a local accent and was wearing a dark jacket with a hood
and a scarf over his mouth. Detectives are appealing for
anyone who may have any information which could help them with their
inquiries to contact detectives at the Unity team on:- 0151 777
1382, or Crimestoppers on:- 0800 555 111.
"Husbands and Lies"
THIS is an interesting
first by Liverpool born Susy McPhee. Husbands and Lies evols around
a devoted wife and mother, Fran, whose best friend Alison is dying
and whose pled for help she can’t refuse. In the process of which
she logs onto an internet dating site with bizarre consequences. The
plot, although a little implausible in places and sometimes
predictable, is still highly entertaining. Susy McPhee has the knack
of carrying one along in anticipation. Her use of fairly short
chapters makes the temptation to read just one more and then more
again irresistible. There is depth to the novel too and it contains
some very accurate and thought provoking insights into a variety of
relationships and situations. Just as some of the book’s characters
have speculated on their reactions to hypothetical situations, this
book raises considerations in the mind as to how the reader might
react to those circumstances. A thoroughly readerable tale. Here’s
to her next novel.
Husbands and Lies is a Paperback, written by Susy McPhee and
published by Ebury Press.
It contains 320 pages and was first publication in 2009.
Price is £6.99 and it is available via our Mersey Reporter
Shop, in the books section.