In tribute to Brendan Mc Cormack

ALL Material under Copyright Control AL Peters November 2009


James Burton at the Floral Pavilion (22/11) and Fort Perch Rock New Brighton (23/11)

James Signs

James with MD Mike White

Chris (Elvis) & the Girls

Don Woods (Ricky Nelson)

Susan Hedges (Emmylou)

PJ Proby as himself & the Girls

James & Carl Chase (Hank)

PJ &  Promoters Dougie & Sasha


An excellent show by all concerned and what an outstanding and graceful man James Burton is considerin the people he has worked with throughout his illustrious 40 year career. Workin with the likes of Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Ricky Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Gram Parsons, Leon Russell, Dale Hawkins and more recently John Denver & Elvis Costello. That laid back Louisiana style was in evidence throughout his performances at the Floral Pavilion and the more intimate clubhouse appeal of Fort Perch Rock. The recent shoulder operation did not hinder his performance other than havin to remain seated most of the time, the sign of a true professional and the highlight for me as well as takin photos was playin call and response harmonica with him on Kansas City. It's a great pity that I can't take photos and play harmonica at the same time as I would have captured that glint in his eye.

PJ commented afterwards 'what made you give up harmonica for camera?'

Mike Mc Cartney gives James his award.

Backstage at the Floral Pavillion



Michelle Shocked at The Pacific Birkenhead 06/11/09

  I first happened upon Michelle Shocked when I purchased a vinyl copy of the 12" single 'If Love was a Train' from the Oxfam shop in Liverpool and saw that she had included 'Goodnight Irene' by Leadbelly on the B side.

So what a pleasant surprise for me and my friend Blind AL to watch her perform at The Pacific.  This woman from Gilmer Texas has a healthy political stance on the recent US President and is not afraid to voice her opinion on this side of the Atlantic.

She gave a feisty and exuberant performance with her observations on life and love that included 'If Love was a Train' and was accompanied by an excellent five string bass player from South Africa whose name is ...............too difficult to spell.

Michelle would like to return to The Pacific next as she just loved performin there.........please.

I would have loved to see many more artists and joined Woody Mann's Guitar Workshops but unfortunately my family commitments

at present don't allow such extravagance at present.

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