The Crathorne Arms at Crathorne, near Yarm, is the venue later this month for a great night of entertainment and music from The Fabulosa Blues and Soul Big Band. Musicians and singers include Emma Wilson, Al Harrington, Paul Smith, Ottie McLoughlin, Ray Johns, Ray Dales, Alan Fearnley, Kevin Eland, Mark Toomey and Paul Donnelly. The show is on Tuesday, May 29th at 8.00pm and tickets, at £10, are limited. Call The Crathorne Arms on 01642 961402 for more details. Poster © Geoff Broughton.

John McCoy was one of the five finalists in The U.K.Blues Federation 2018 annual awards, along with Eric Clapton and Chris Barber, for a lifetime contribution to the British Blues Scene. The ceremony, which took place on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion in Sussex, saw the main award going to Eric Clapton but how nice to know that John was a runner-up and received a certificate and a further nomination! John is shown above being interviewed by BBC Look North about his nomination. Photograph © copyright BBC.

How it all started: For almost fourteen years I lived on the Costa Blanca in Spain. Following a visit I made to my hometown of Hartlepool in June 2004, it was suggested to me to start a web page featuring some of the old bands, or groups, that graced the pubs and clubs of the area back in the 1960's. The idea started after Billy Crallan, George Hart and Ed Saul all joined forces to play some of the old songs to help celebrate Ron Blair's 60th birthday. Billy Crallan, Ron and I played together in The Trakkers and George, of course, was the original lead guitarist of The Hartbeats.

The photograph above shows George, Billy, me and Ron at Hartlepool Cricket Club. So, what started as an idea has now expanded into many pages - and is dedicated to the great bands of that era and the friendship we all enjoyed. Photograph © Marion Crallan.

For sale - my American Fender Telecaster Highway 1 guitar. It was bought on September 15th, 2004 and they are no longer made. I have the gig bag, hard case, stand, strap, all the Fender tags to go with it as well as the official receipt. It is in mint condition and offers please around £750. You can reach me through my usual email address if you have it or through the form on the contact page.

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