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 Prooffeaturing Paul Cox and Roger Cotton Giles Hedley & The Aviators Jason Stretch Blues Band Split Whiskers Okeh String Band featuring Sonny Black
Red Butler 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.
Got the New Year blues? Then a night in the Cellar Bar with good time blues & boogie band Blue Touch is just the thing to cheer you! With two great guitarists and raunchy singer Andrea Maria you’re sure to have a great night! Full details are on our blues ‘gigs’ page. Doors open at 8.15 pm for a 9.00 pm start and tickets cost just £10.
BEN WATERS is one of the leading boogie piano players in the world as well as being a great entertainer. Ben started playing in public at the tender age of 16 and first played for Boogaloo at an early Blues Festival at the age of 17. Unbelievably 2015 is Ben’s 25th year in the business, and he’s celebrating this milestone with a short tour of his favourite venues. Ben will play at The Maltings along with assorted musical friends. A great way to start the New Year! Doors open 8.15 pm for a 9.00 pm start. For ticket reservations, go to www.boogaloopromotions.com/tickets.
We have a superb line-up in December in the run-up to Christmas. Ben Waters plays solo at South Hill Park, Bracknell on Wednesday 3rd December, and at Farnham Maltings we have the Ben Poole on Thursday 4th December, Aynsley Lister Band on Thursday 11th December, Larry Miller on Thursday 18th December – and last but not least, The Jive Aces play in the Great Hall on Sunday 21st December.
A stunning line-up! For full details please visit www.boogaloopromotions.com/blues/gigs.
We hope to see you at a gig soon!