May 28, 2016 in Blog

No Sleep Till Streatham!

Hi Groovies, happy new year! (Its June right ???) and welcome to my first blog of 2016! Been a bit inactive on the blogging front, fact my last blog was January 2015 where i wished you all happy new year!. 'A bit inactive' ? .... bit of an understatement!!! The reason is not lack news, I have just not had the time due to work commitments. But fear not, I retired last christmas so I can play music and blog etc to my hearts content! I'am just loving retirement! A lot has happened charity & music wise, but I won't go into massive detail you will be pleased to know, just the main highlights! Slightly different format to the blog this time with music news first followed by charity news.  


  As I said in my intro to this blog one of the great thing about retirement is that I can devote lots of time to music. Its great being able to jam and gig without watching the clock and worrying about work the next day! One jam I attend regularly is at a bar called Rambles in Hither green. It never gets very busy so singer guitarists like myself tend to get lots of play, almost like a gig! Many of the players are simply brilliant and I count myself lucky to play with them every week. Some of them them have joined me in the latest incarnation of THE BLUE GROOVES. Here is a band picture taken from our joyous first gig last April at Purley Sports and Social Club.   bandbright   On the left is Sam, a real soul and funk aficionado, multi-instrumentalist, (guitar, bass, keys) and vocalist. I have known Sam for about a year. My good friend Dan (red shirt), is someone I have known since 2012, plays bass and does some vocals. He is also a truly brilliant guitarist/showman and plays guitar on some numbers. On my left is Meyrick our fantastic keyboard player. This guy is also a multi-instrumentalist (bass, drums, keys, sax). On the right is Jim on drums. A brilliant seasoned session drummer who has played with many big names internationally. Goes under the name 'Elvis drums' he also plays great guitar regularly putting Dan and myself to shame! Me to Dan "Jim is not supposed to be able to play that' !!!   Next gig...... We have fabulous gig coming up at HIDEAWAY in Streatham on Friday 1st July. Below is the poster and blurb (in orange) taken from HIDEAWAY website; website Link here:      Clyde&BlueGroovesWEB  

The origin of the blues is rooted in the rhythm and the groove – providing the pulse of the jook joints and dances from Mississippi to Chicago.  Led by the guitar and vocals of Clyde Morris this great four-piece line picks up those grooves and explodes them into a joyous, soulful and funked up journey that traces those influences and their impact on musicians from those blues originators through Marvin Gaye and onto Prince and a whole lot more on the way! Don't miss this superb night of grooves at Hideaway Jazz Club!

Featuring special guest Ashleigh Brown from Arlington, Virginia, USA

This gig is quite a big deal for me as HIDEAWAY is somewhere I wanted to play for a long time now. Lovely big stage, great sound and lights system. I am indebted to my friend of old Jon Harris for making this gig happen. As you can see from the blurb (in orange) we will be joined by the fabulous Ashleigh Brown from the states on vocals. She is bound to raise the roof, and I can't wait for this one!   ash 3   Here is a vid from 3 years ago of Ashleigh wowing the crowd with the band doing 'Rolling & Tumbling'   'Rollin & Tumblin' from thebluegrooves on Vimeo.  


  I guess the main charity event of last year was the launch of the LISTEN UP report at the house of Lords in June of last year. The report was prepared by 'Super wife' Dr. Sophia Skyers (chair of the Basil Skyers Myeloma Foundation), and Consultant Researcher Dr Vivienne Kendall. The event was chaired by Lord Bill Morris of Handsworth (Daddy!). Among the notable attendees was Duncan Selbie, Chief of Executive of Public Health England who agreed to take the report forward. Report info here:- Report Launch at House of Lords…/newly-published-report-calls-f…/ 11133773_1599904966924196_4173151070952703651_n   Charity video Another brilliant initiative was the making of this very moving video where Sofia talks about her experience of Multiple Myeloma from which her brother died in 2010 and how it impacted her life and that of her family. The video also features Pauline Johnson the charity patient representative who describes how she is affected by the disease.     There have been numerous initiatives and events since the last blog including; Sponsorship from Pharma company AMGEN, a Myeloma Symposium in Jamaica where Sophia presented her report, and a radio interview with Dr Hilary Jones. Details and pictures of all these initiatives and others can be found at the charity Facebook page here;      Fund raising skydive Must mention 17 year old Lauren Startup who will be doing a charity skydive on July 2nd at Dunkeswell Airfield in Exeter at 2.00pm. This very brave young woman (picture centre) is trying to raise as much money as possible for the charity. Her Nan has Multiple Myeloma. Her just giving page is here; 12439556_1660576217523737_6016488180441050921_n                         Basil Skyers Golf Day Event Finally its nearly that time again....This year the charity day golf event in Senorio de Roda Spain will be on 14th July 2016. This is always a fabulous day with golf in the day and food and entertainment in the evening. Come along if you are in that part of the world! Details to follow shortly on charity fb page. Stay tuned!   Picture and video from last years july 2015 charity golf event: charity 2   Knocking on heavens door from thebluegrooves on Vimeo.  


  Thats all folks! Would love love to catch you at HIDEAWAY on 1st July! Also don't forget the charity skydive undertaken by  Luren Startup at Dunkeswell Airfield in Exeter at 2.00pm on 2nd July. Take care till next time. Cheers Clyde

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