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st harmonicas onlineMissing Friday nights at the Southgate Club listening to the great bands playing at St Harmonica's? Well, we can't do anything about the lockdown, but we can do our best to recreate St Harmonica's in the comfort of your own home. So pour yourself a glass of beer, move the furniture aside to make yourself a dance floor, click on the first of the music videos below and start a text conversation with some of the people you usually meet up with at the club.


This week's selection was made by Mark Olbrich, who also supplied the notes.

Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation - I'm Tore Down

My all time favourite when I was growing up in 1972. Alex Dmochowski on bass - we all know him, and Aynsley who started the band (and ended up with Frank Zappa as did Alex for a while) to spite John Mayall. This is the only one-song vid I know of. The all time favourite album is/was To Mum from Aynsley and Boys.


Peter Green, Rod Stewart, Aynsley Dunbar & Jack Bruce - Stone Crazy



Lindsay Alexander Sings the slow blues in A.

You probably know this chap is as good as any of the greats. Just ask Buddy Guy! Some say he hates travelling - but I’m not sure this is a true reason. I had a privilege of doing a set with him around 1992-3 - but did not dare ask.


Johnny Winter - Dust My Broom

Great but sad. He wasn’t that mobile anymore - but boy how his genius comes across.


Johnny Winter Don't Take Advantage of Me

In all his glory!


Charlie Love - Somebody Have Mercy

Another of Chicago's best. Charlie is also known for his bowler hat - so he is kind of English - isn’t he?


Paul Butterfield - Born in Chicago8

One of the first who proved you can really blast harmonica led band.


Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Willy Dixon, Otis Spann et al - Bye Bye Blues

All stars all stars!!! They often did this in the early years, also muscling in on jzz festivals in Europe when the blues wasn’t properly known!!!


Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Didn't It Rain?

Didn’t Rain? Isn’t she great. ’Nough said.


Savoy Brown - Hellbound Train



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