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LEGENDS OF RUGBY DINNER IN AID OF NORDOFF ROBINS

This week saw the Victor Ubogu hosted Legends of Rugby Gala Dinner in aid of the Nordoff Robins charity held at Marriott Grosvenor Hotel in London

This star studded gala dinner raised thousands of pounds for Nordoff Robins whilst also honouring the rugby career of Danny Care. Guests included amongst others, rugby legends Martin Offiah, Charlie Hodgson, Danny Care, Lawrence Dallaglio and Jordan Turner Hall

Celebrity guests included  Jo Wood, Rosie Williams, Laura Crane with her newly confirmed beau, Tristan Phipps, Jessica Wright, Lydia Bright and From the hit TV series

Vikings Jack McEvoy and Elijah Rowen

The night was hosted by popular Television presenter & Radio DJ Vernon Kay, who’s witty banter had the guests laughing, whilst entertainment was supplied by KT Tunstall, jazz singing talent Collette Cooper  and rounding off the night Scottish pop/rock legends Texas who’s short set ended the night with an amazing rendition of the Elvis Presley classic “Suspicious Minds” which had all there singing along….

NETFLIX PREVIEW MEDICI THE MAGNIFICENT

Friday saw Netflix hold the preview screening for the upcoming new series of Medici The Magnificent, at the Soho Hotel, London.

This 2nd season of Medici is dedicated to the figure of Lorenzo the Magnificent, and stars amongst others Daniel Sharman, Bradley James, Alessandra Mastronardi and Synnove Karslen with gurst appearances by Sean Bean, Filippo Nigro and Annabel Scholey.

All 8 episodes will be available on Netflix from January 25th   

LONDON BLUES FESTIVAL 2019 

London Blues Festival returned to the iconic Oxford Street Venue 100 Club for a week-long celebration of some of the greatest blues sounds around. 

The week kicked off with Lisa Mills, who’s incredible vocal skills set the tone for the rest of the week, her vocal range in awesome , her tunes subline, one to try and catch whilst touring the UK.

Headlining Monday was Chantel McGregor, who confided in the audience she was more ‘Rock’ then ‘Blues’ and, true to her word Chantel filled the packed venue with bluesy rock guitar rifts, which pleased her adoring fans, who seem to have travelled from all over the Uk to be part of the night.

Tuesday night saw a change to the original scheduled line-up after Kim Wilson, frontman of the ‘Fabulous Thunderbirds’ had to pull out on doctors instructions, very sad as this was to be one of the highlights of the week, however, Giles Robson stepping up, the crowd were not disappointed.

The evening opened with the Tom JJ Band, a new band to me, who played a mixture of new, old and borrowed song with a pure Texas blues style. This South London up and coming outfit led by the Uber talented Tom Julien-Jones held the audience in awe, look out for their forthcoming album… Tom JJ Band, Simple Truths, which is out on February 09th.

Giles Robson and his multitude of Harmonica’s headlined the night with a band made up of members of the for-mentioned band. His  rhythmic, toe tapping blues harmonica playing was incredible, no wonder Giles is touted as one of the worlds best blues harmonica players. The setlistwas peppered with songs from his lastest album “Journeys To The Heart Of The Blues” featuring Joe Louis Walker, Bruce Katz and Giles which has just been nominated for best acoustic album and album of The Year at the Blues Music Awards Memphis.

Friday night was ladies night with sets from Sharrie Williams and the Sari Schorr Band, a real contrast in blues styles.

Sharrie the self proclaimed “Princess of Rocking Gospel Blues” lived up to this title regally starting the blues party with an onslaught of catchy blues which had the masses singing along. The 3 times Blues Music Awards nominee and 2012 Blues Album of the Year winner’s set included songs from her last album ‘ Out of the Blue’ along with new material from her forthcoming ‘The World is in Trouble’ album. Why have no music festival bookers snapped up Sharrie for more UK festival appearances ?

In complete contrast the 100 Club stage was then taken over by energetic New York Blues rocker Sari Schorr and her band. Billed as one of the “The most stunning and exciting live bands you will ever see” a hard title to live up to. A great live band with some great tunes who have a dedicated following of loyal fans, fronted by the very charismatic Sari Schorr who by the end of their set has the crowd baying for more.

To finish the week of outstanding UK and USA blues music, the promotors AGMP excel themselves by bringing Larry “Mud” Morganfield over from the states to close the party with some pure Chicago Blues.

Saturdays opener is American born Bruce Mississippi Johnson, an extremely tall ex US Marine who is now based in London, who can belt out some great Blues and Souls tracks.

After Bruce finishes his set, the stage is cleared of surplus gear and Mud Morganfield and his band of excellent musicians set about transporting the sell out crowd to downtown Chicago for some of the best pure blues to be experienced without leaving the UK.

For those not in the know Mud is the son of the late all time Blues Legend Muddy Waters, He certainly inherited his fathers voice and blues skills, entertaining the crowd with original material, songs by his father along with tunes by other legendary blues artists. All photos by Jules Annan for Daily Sport

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