| There are just five weeks to go to our fabulous blues weekend at The Toorak in Torquay Friday 17th – 20th June 2016.
The Toorak is a delightful small hotel close to the sea with great rooms, fabulous food and excellent service, with three swimming pools, a sauna, a steam room and a Bistro. Add to the fab venue a stunning line-up and you have a weekend you shouldn’t miss!Chris Farlowe is a fantastic blues singer, now in his 70′s with a voice as great as ever, backed by the fabulous Norman Beaker Band. We are also delighted to have the Marcus Malone Band on the bill – Marcus is a brilliant singer songwriter, and he has a superb band
with not one but two excellent guitarists. In addition we have Russell
‘Hitman’ Alexander with his all-American band including brass section. Plus the brilliant Stevie Smith’s Sin House with Stevie Smith (ex Ruthless Blues) on vocals and blues harmonica and Steve Smith (ex Hot Club and Dumpy’s Rusty Nuts) on guitar.
Fab blues songstress Ruby Tiger with her band The Revelators play as well as world-class guitarist Robin Bibi, who will be running the jam sessions as well as performing on the main stage. Last but by no means least, superb multi-instrumentalist and flat foot dancer Stompin’ Dave is playing for you.
The price for this quality weekend is just £212 for 3 nights half board in standard accommodation. Terrace Rooms and Single Rooms have now sold out, but we still have a limited number of Riviera Rooms and standard doubles and twins available.
To book, please contact Boogaloo direct on 01252 793430 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A downloadable leaflet is available at www.boogaloopromotions.com/blues/weekends.
We’ve had some brilliant gigs and weekenders in 2015 with highlights including Hamilton Loomis at The Toorak in June, Eugene ‘Hideaway’ Bridges at The Heathlands in December, and of course The Earl Thomas Band at South Downs in April 2015.
We’re now looking forward to our regular blues gigs at Farnham Maltings in 2016, starting with the Saiichi Sugiyama Band on Thursday 14th January, and our next blues weekend which is at South Downs Holiday Village, Bracklesham Bay, near Chichester next April 22nd to 25th 2016. This weekend is fantastic value at just £179 for three nights half board, with a quality line-up headlined by six piece blues band The Stumble playing rapturous Chicago style rhythm & blues, fronted by fab singer Paul Melville, critically acclaimed as one of the UKs best ever blues vocalists. The line-up also includes fun five-piece band Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys, and Boogaloo favourites The Spikedrivers and Bad Influence, as well as the classy Nigel Bagge Band, Wang Dang Doodle and the stunning Blues Duo. Plus of course the legendary late night jam sessions hosted by Five Field Holler and MC/DJ Tony Farinha, who will also be playing a set with fine guitarist Neil Mercer. Boogaloo are taking the bookings for this weekend. Please visit our Blues Weekends page for a booking form, or ring us on 01252 793430.
There are just a few rooms left for our legendary blues weekend at Warner’s Norton Grange, IOW taking place 9th – 12th October 2015.
We have a great line-up with charismatic blues singer and harp player Jerimiah Marques & The Blue Aces, Bob Malone – US-based boogie woogie piano player extraordinaire, the fabulous Bad Influence, guitar supremo Laurence Jones, The Della Grants, Blue Touch and Boogaloo favourite Stompin’ Dave. And of course the fabulous late night jam sessions led by Tim Aves.
The venue is in a great location by the sea and close to Yarmouth and the food is superb.
To book, phone Warner’s on 0800 1 388 399 to book one of the last few rooms. Discounted ferry tickets are also available from Warner’s at the time of booking.
We were very sorry to hear of the sad death of Jim Homersham aka Dr JJ. Jim had suffered from asbestosis having spent years in the building trade as well as fronting Dr JJ’s Blues Band and finally lost his battle against the illness on Thursday 18th June.
Jim was always a larger than life character and over the years played at many Boogaloo weekenders as well as gigs at the Farnham Maltings. He always got a great reaction from the audience and brought a lot of fun and enjoyment wherever he played. He was also a personal friend, along with his lovely wife Carole.
We didn’t see so much of him since he moved to Suffolk, but we know that he was very happy there. We are pleased that he made a final performance for us at Pakefield in September 2013. He will be sorely missed by all that knew him.
All are welcome at Jim’s funeral to say their farewells. The date is Tuesday 7th July. 12.45 at Seven Hills crematorium, Felixstowe Road, Nacton, Suffolk IP10 0DQ.
Jim also suffered from Ménière’s disease which is a rare disorder that affects the inner ear. It can cause vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss, and a feeling of pressure deep inside the ear. Jim once told Carole that Meniere’s disease had been more debilitating than cancer as it stopped him performing. Therefore if you would like to pay your respects to Jim please send a cheque made out to ‘Meniere’s Society UK’ to Tony Brown Funeral Services, The Funeral Parlour, New Cut, Saxmundham, Suffolk. IP17 1EH. Please include a note to say this is in memory of Jim Homersham. You can also leave a message on Jim’s Facebook page (you will find it as James Homersham).
We have a killer line-up for our first blues weekend at The South Downs Holiday Village, Bracklesham Bay Friday 24th – 27th April 2015. This is a venue that has been recommended by many Boogaloo regulars and it is indeed a very nice friendly Adult Only venue in a great location with accommodation in chalets as well as the hotel with waiter service for meals and plenty of parking.
We have eleven great bands at the weekend, plus late night jam sessions and acoustic sessions – all for the value price of £169 per person for three nights half board. Bargain! See the line-up below and visit www.boogaloopromotions.com/blues/weekends for a downloadable leaflet. To book, telephone Boogaloo on 01252 793430.
Earl Thomas & The Royal Guard
Sean Webster Band
The Proof featuring Paul Cox and Roger Cotton
Giles Hedley & The Aviators
Jason Stretch Blues Band
Okeh String Band featuring Sonny Black
Plus: special ‘extra’ sessions with
Ruby & The Revelators
& Sonic Blue
Plus Late night jam sessions led by Five Field Holler
MC/DJ Tony Farinha
Dekadance Radio and Boogaloo present an extra-special three-band night at Farnham Maltings on Thursday 26th February. Dekadance Radio DJ ‘Blues Bob’ will host this evening and also record the session for a live Podcast. The three bands are:
Devil Drives featuring Robert Hokum ‘… forward thinking….pulsates with a percussive blues heart and an irresistible funk-rock disposition ….lovely stuff.’ – Classic Rock The Blues Magazine’
Jump 66 ‘House-shaking, hip-swinging, joint-jumping, all-night blues party…’
The Geoff Garbow Blues Band ‘…. All original blues songs building on the Chicago Blues tradition.’
All for just £12 – that’s three bands for the price of one!
Doors open 7.30 pm for an 8.00 pm start.