in Aid of the Victims of Hurricane Katrina
at the Olympia Theatre, Liverpool, 11th October 2005.
This was a tremendous success promoted by Sam Leach and Operation Big
Beat Promotions featuring over
25 acts including PJ Proby, The
Merseybeats, Kingsize Taylor ft. Gaz Gaskell, The Undertakers,
The Clayton Squares, Juke Box Eddie's, Lee Cutis, Kappa, The Easy
Beats, Don Woods,
Joey Shields and AL Willard Peterson etc.
© Photo by AL Peterson
AL & Joey after playin' some Down Home
Delta Blues at the Benefit
"It was great meetin' you and seein' you perform -
It really added to the night"-
Photo by AL Peterson
Kingsize Taylor and Gaz Gaskell
quote from Sam Leach legendary Liverpool promoter.
"New Orleans Musicians Benefit"
The Cavern Liverpool
1st January 2006
An exceptionally successful night co-ordinated
within the 'Sounds of the Sixties' thanks to
Gaz Gaskell and Kingsize
Taylor. A capacity audience enjoyed the 'Down Home' feel of Cranston
Clements, Joe Sunseri,
Kingsize Taylor, Sam Hardie and Geoff Nugent
soulfully backed by the
Merseyside Rhythm & Blues Volunteers
Led by the multi talented Gaz Gaskell (Tenor Sax, Guitar & Vocals)
Dave Lunt (Bass) Nick
Arnott (Drums) and Tony Maher (Keyboards)
plus guest musicians from New Orleans includin
Joe Sunseri (Baritone Sax) and
Cranston Clements (Guitar)
AL Peters-on (Trumpet & Vocals) wholeheartedly added to
this worthwhile cause to honour the contribution that the many New Orleans
musicians have made to the formation of the world famous sound that is now
recognised as Mersey Beat especially after the devastation left in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina that has left many of the musicians destitute. Ignored by the wealthiest nation on earth?
Two 'Donor Buckets' were circulated durin an exuberant
performance of the 'Saints' with all proceeds handed to Joe & Cranston to
take back home to New Orleans. We must thank Spencer Leigh (Radio
Merseyside), Joe Riley ( Liverpool Daily Post & Echo), and
Craig Manning (Wirral Globe) for their media support.
Check Out Gaz at
Karl Terry & The Volunteers Photo by Jan Gaskell
Kingsize, Cranston, Gaz, Joe & AL
Cavern photo taken by a fan who said she had difficulty gettin a complete
shot due to the microphones
and filmin goin on. I apologise for obscurin Joe's face with my
See picture below of Joe in full flight
on the night.
FROM NEW ORLEANS to THE CAVERN
JOE SUNSERI (Baritone Sax)
THE MUSICIAN'S MUSICIAN
· Performed with Beach Music legend, Big John Thompson, and Mighty Lester
Blues Kings. Recorded albums with MarleneMacDonald, Trevor Finlay and
Juno Award winner Drew Nelson.
Ben E. King on European tour.
· Performed in major Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe hotel orchestras,
backing up Frank Sinatra, Cher, Shirley MacLaine, George Carlin, Helen
Reddy, The Temptations,
Bobbie Gentry, Larry Storch, Doc Severinsen,
George Burns, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, Donna Summer, Joel Grey, Charro and others.
· Musical Director for Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown.
Toured Soviet Union (1979) performing 44 shows in 42 days.
Won Grammy Award in 1983 for Best Traditional Blues Recording. Toured
with other MCA artists including Roy Clark,
the Oak Ridge Boys and Barbara Mandrell.· Dick Stabile Orchestra, Blue Room -
Fairmont Hotel, New Orleans.
Performed with Ginger Rogers, Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson,
Billy Eckstine, Tessie O'Shea, Rita Moreno, Vic Damone, Mel Torme,
Harris, Louis Bellson, Brook Benton, The Pointer Sisters, Bonnie Raitt
and many others .· John Fred & His Playboy Band, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs.
Performed on the road and recorded with these two groups.
They have combined record sales of over 11,000,000 units.
FROM NEW ORLEANS to THE
Another Musician's Musician,
Guitarist Cranston Clements is
a native New Orleanian, having played with many artists, including Dr.
Boz Scaggs, Maria Muldaur, IrmaThomas, The Neville Brothers, Johnny Adams, Marva Wright, The Dixie Cups, Snooks Eaglin, MightySam McClain, Harry Connick Jr. Ellis Marsalis, Eddie Bo,
Ernie K-Doe, Allen Toussaint, Percy Sledge, Henry Butler, Wayne Cochran and the C.C. Riders, Oliver Morgan, Buddy Miles, Jaco Pastorius,
Hubert Sumlin, The Radiators, George Porter Jr. and
Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste
Cranston Clements one of New Orleans most versatile performers
pictured here sound-checkin at the
Cavern for the
Mersey to the Mississippi
There's only one way to
describe these guy's CV's,
and that truly summed up their performances on such
a memorable night!
Also on the night was a special lip-smackin'
served up in the
New Orleans tradition by QUYNNY'S QUISINE
(Bold Street, Liverpool)
Ride Your Pony Down There ASAP!
Very Special Thanks to Quynny's Girls'
The Cavern Liverpool Sunday 30th April 2006
The Merseysippi Jazz Band help raise awareness!
The Rhythm & Blues Volunteers waitin to rehearse for the
New Orleans Benefit Night
AL Peters, Dave Lunt, Gaz Gaskell, Nick Arnot, Tony
AL, Dr John (The Nite Tripper)& Blind AL
backstage at The Philharmonic Liverpool.
AL & The Nite Tripper share 'Dis Dat or
at the President's Expense!
to Gaz Gaskell 06/05/06
I hope your gig went well at Jack Rabbit Slim's?
I'm still buzzin after meetin The Doctor!
Even though I've had a chest infection for the last two weeks that
seem to want to leave me and I missed a gig last night.
Besides playin 'The Right Place the Wrong Time' 'Walk on Gilded
(the rhythmic interlude with The Nite Tripper playin some kinda shell
magnetic spiritualism to say the least. I was on the Bayou, man!
The Doctor also explained how the artwork for 'The Right Place'
(3 fold sleeve)
was taken from the walls of the artist's home in New
The artist bein James Flournoy Holmes.
When I introduced 'Blind AL' to 'The Nite Tripper' he
said "Hey Man!
Everyone's Got Somethin! We talked about New Orleans and he's hittin
everyone he knows to raise awareness and funds. He has little time for
authorities at present because of the slowness to repond and their
apathy and the way big business is makin a land grab.
I wish you were there to meet the man.
The best shot is of the three of us 'AL, Dr John and Blind AL'
so I'll be
postin that and the Merseysippi Jazz Band on the web asap.
I'm playin Llangollen this evenin with The Reverb Brothers so I'll be
to explain to them why I just had to see Dr John 'The Nite Tripper'.
It was a spiritual experience for me, that 'New Orleans gumbo mix'
was a heady vibe man! My next portrait is goin to be
All three other musicians had worked with Cranston and the
very similar in style. With that Louisiana drawl and my left ear it
difficult to make out their names although I know that the drummer's
I'll be able to check them out on his 'Mercernary' CD that's
His tribute to Johnny Mercer.
By the way Blind AL has donated £5 to the Musicians
Clinic that I will
present at the next 'live' collection.
As Dr John wrote 'Keep On C*'
THE NEW ORLEANS
c/o The Foundation for the LSUHSC
PO Box 80578
Baton Rouge, La 70898
It is a not for profit fund under the
Foundation for the Louisiana State University
Health Sciences Centre
Tax ID 72-1115391
The Nite Tripper Exits
though there was a photo prohibition durin the performance I was able
to sneak a shot when his Manager
move towards the exit.
LEE DORSEY pictured here in the UK (Circa 1966) to promote his
latest single 'Workin' In A Coalmine' that rose to No 8 in the UK &
US Charts (An Allen Toussaint/ Marshall Sehorn Production).
After completing these UK excursions Lee would go back to work as a
panel beater in a car workshop in
New Orleans in order to support his 11 children. How things have changed
have they for the 'workin non celeb musician' both
Louisiana and here on Merseyside?
Lee last toured the USA at the behest of The Clash in 1980 introducin' him
to a far younger audience.
He died of emphysema (notorious coalminin' disease) in 1986
shortly before his 60th birthday.
The Volunteers plus their special guests Joe and Cranston played two of Lee's hits
'Get Out My Life Woman' and
'Ride Your Pony'
in their set at The Cavern.
AL Peters has all of Lee's Stateside 7" single UK releases and
rates him as one of his favourite singers alongside Ray Charles and Muddy
and durin the 1960's and 70's would eagerly await any news or releases of this very
New Orleanian talent.
As Lee said 'Everthin' I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On)'.
LIVERPOOL/NEW ORLEANS FOOTNOTES
AL actually met LEE DORSEY after his show at the Cavern on Sunday 12th
Lee was in the dressing room checkin' out his
startin' pistol for the
song Ride Your Pony as it
had mis-fired durin' the show!
This number will be featured on the night but for health
safety reasons without
Colin Areety (The 'Almost' Blues) released a cover version of
Holy Cow as a
7" single on the Deram in 1972.
If you have anythin' to add re photos etc contact
Win a copy of
'The Lawnmower Man
'A Dozen Choice Cuts'
By namin the venue pictured above that The
for a very special 50th Birthday Celebration
AL 'THE BLUESMAN' or
Willard & the Poor
or Tel: 0845 458 0037
© Photo by Dave Evans
The last line-up in 2007
Brian Preston (bass) Steve Doyle (drums)
AL Peterson (vocals,
trumpet & harmonica)
Jimmy Bannister (guitar) Mike Nelson (sax)
Lee Brilleaux (The Feelgoods) & AL
at Manchester University at the start of
The Feelgood/Lawnmower UK Tour
AL "The Bluesman"
( AL Willard Peterson -
acoustic guitar, harmonica and vocals)
AL 'The Bluesman'
described as 'one of Merseyside's authentic survivors" occassionally
has his youngest son
The Bluesman &
Artwork by Rob Jackson
Eddie Croft Blows
Photo AL Peters
Eddie has played Liverpool Town Hall with the
Saturday Mornin Jazz Combo
for the delight of
Yoko Ono and solo at the
Miles Davis Art
More recently seen blowin with various members of
the jazz fraternity
on Tenor Saxophone. "Their work
together covers numbers like Doxy, Blue Seven and Work Song.
A must for jazzy-blues lovers!
"The Bluesman's Art"
'Workin Class Hero'
'King Biscuit Boy' (Sonny Boy
'Blues Cry' (Billie Holiday)
'Lookin for Trouble' (Elvis
Presley) 'Brother Ray' (Ray Charles)
'All Blues' (Miles
Signed A2 Fine Art prints of the above charcoals will be
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portraits are available as greetings cards for more information contact
AL's eldest son Adrian saw the struggle to 'keep the wolf
from the door' (not Chester Arthur Burnett) by his father followin a
'passionate obsessional profession' playin the Blues. Therefore he
chose a career in Art as an animation script writer and has recently won
an award in Cannes for his work in collaboration with his workin
partner Dave for their contribution to the advertisin profession.
Adrian at home in London
He is currently workin on projects for the BBC and
CH4 as well as
collaborations with Armando Iannucci .
Check out his work at
AL Meets Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen & Tony
AL& Leonard Cohen at the
Richard Goodall Gallery Manchester
Conversation with Dr John Ashton
The 'Forgotten' Years
29th & Dearborn
Forgotten Years' The Cavern 17th November 2006
Tony Bolland and Alan
Lynch organised an event to showcase popular local Liverpool Rock Bands
that have remained relatively unknown since the 1970's. This event
showcased the launch of Tony Bolland's
'Plug Inn' that features many of the musicians playin that night and was
recorded for a future DVD release.
All the bands played to an
exceptionally high standard and included the followin
Colonel Bagshot, Rocking Horse,
Splinter, Joker, Last Train, Gaz Gaskell's Mambo, Pepperbox and Nutz.
29th & Dearborn
was represented by an acoustic electric band consistin of three
original members AL Peters - acoustic guitar and vocals, Kenny Roberts -
lead guitar and vocals and Richie Winn - drums
accompanied by Brian Preston - acoustic bass and Leigh Marles - lead and
Richie who originally played
with 29th & Dearborn flew in from Germany to do the gig
without any prior rehearsal on an instrument that he later admitted he
'hadn't played for six years or more!'
29th & Dearborn became 'Dearborn Blues' and played two original
numbers - 'Revolutionary Brother' and
'I Just Wanna Play (In a Democratic UK)
with a dedication to New Orleans and those devastated by Hurricane Katrina
in the shape of 'Down Home Girl'. The band was enthusiastically
received by the capacity audience most of whom would not be familiar with
the original material with it's overtly political messages.
It was good to meet up with so many
people after 30 years and to everyone's amazement people still recognise
each other after the ravages of 'sex, drugs and rock and roll' had taken
'Plug Inn' Awards were handed out to
various members of the musical fraternity by the effervescent Tommy Mac
and the sharply dressed Tony Bolland. The
relief at the success of this event after all the hard work is clearly
seen in the photo below Dearborn of the man himself. The night proved so
successful that other similar events are goin to be held in the very near
future so 'Watch this space!' Although Dearborn did not achieve an
award they received so many favourable comments from such a varied age
group - 'It's great to hear those 'down home blues', 'excellent band',
'the revolution hasn't stopped' 'inspirational' and so on.
A special thanks must go to all
concerned especially the sound engineers Chris, Otto and Alan Lynch for
managin the continual change-overs with such professional ease.
Dearborn Blues @ Cavern
Kenny Roberts, Brian Preston, Richie Winn,
AL Peters &
Thanks to Sol for takin the photos
Johnny Hodge tellin it like it is
(Joker) ex 'Almost' Blues
Tony Bolland proudly displays his
backstage @ The Cavern
With a little help from Brian Farrell
Ozzie Yue accepts 'Plugg Inn' Award
on behalf of Supercharge
Gaz Gazkell accepts Award for best
Saxophone player in the 1970's from Tony
Keith Mulholland (Nutz) gets his Award
and priorities right.
More Info re Tony Bolland & The
Willard & the Poor Boys
"Acoustic Mersey Delta Blues"
The 'Bohemian' Bluesman often strolls into many 'Open Mike Nights'
unannounced to spread the faith
in 'Keepin' Music Live' without the aid of backing
Check out The Egg, Newington
St, and later that night
the first Monday of the month
or the Alun Parry Acoustic Singer/Songwriter
Sessions at Parr Street.
AL Willard Peterson played his unique
style of 'Folk Blues'
Digbeth High Street
& Peter Gee from Pendragon
Cissy Stone & Tony McPhee
AL blew some harp with Tony Mc Phee and enjoyed
the performances of all at
The Kerryman especially Nick, Peter, Tony &
Very impressed with the hospitality of the
Fishwick family especially Mum & Dad
who kindly introduced me to the taste of
A special thanks must go to Neil Fishwick of Still Giggin.
'Plug Inn 2'
CARLING ACADEMY LIVERPOOL
Friday 23rd November 2007
Photo by 'Viv' Wright
'I'm lookin forward to bein involved in the
ALL DAY PLUG INN 3 in 2008'
"One has to admire Tony for his relentless work in
makin sure that Liverpool of the 1970's
is not forgotten"
Check his book out 'The Forgotten Years'
Receiving an award from Tony Bolland for services
rendered to the Liverpool Music Scene in the 1970's
Blues On the Rock
Fort Perch Rock New Brighton
Christine & Raphael
AL was the special guest of
at this new Blues Venue
Fort Perch Rock
New Brighton Wallasey Merseyside
last Sunday 13th July 2008
This event hosted by Raphael Callaghan (vcl, slide gtr &
harmonica) & Christine Purnell (bass gtr)
BLUE C was well and
enthusiastically attended and
Session with AL in conversation with Raphael
There was a Rhythm & Blues Disco, CD's won and sold
a display of blues memorabilia.
Due to the well deserved reception of the superb
performance of Raphael & Christine, and the enthusiasm of the proprietors
at this wonderful little venue I will be donatin a
collage of a prestigious gig held at the Plaza Theatre Birkenhead in 1962
that had Bo Diddley, Little Richard & the Everly
Brothers headlinin with the Rolling Stones at the bottom of the bill with
their new single 'Come On'.
Celebrate the first anniversary of 'Blues on the Rock'
at Fort Perch Rock on Sunday 12th July 2009 when
AL Willard Peterson will be the special guest of
BLUE C and promotin
his new CD Single 'Greenfish Cafe Blues'.
The Fort has a Cafe/Bottle Bar and is open
1pm - 4pm £4 Adm
AL supported Dean Friedman and Searchin at the Fort
on Saturday the 25th July 2009
An excellent night was had by all concerned.
and gig info contact 0151 709 5484 or
on the Rock Poster
all the artists who have appeared
past 18 months
Christine & Raphael amongst their Blues Memorabilia
Last Blues on the Rock Gig in this series
13th December 2009 with Blue 'C'
glossy poster is available from
Records PO Box 39
Wirral CH47 2HP
make cheques of
£2.50 + £1 (p&p) payable to 'AL
ARTE TV at Fort Perch
Rock 9th February 2010
Franco/German TV Company arrived at Fort
AL as part of the 'British Blues Explosion' 1955 -1965
by Phil Priestley (left) who has previously worked on productions
about the Stax label and James Brown.
a 'thrillin an chillin' experience due to the
cold weather. Besides featurin personal memorabilia from that period
AL played 'Midnight Special'
to the Highway' to help illustrate the progression
Blues to Mersey Beat.
thanks must go to Bill Harry writer and editor of 'Mersey Beat' and
'Bigger than the Beatles' for the recommendation and Dougie Darroch
for the use of the Fort.
production is due out in May
AL (The Photographer)
Photo by Dan Young 29/05/10
Rock Gigs Summer 2010
Just two of the many excellent gigs at Fort Perch Rock
promoted by Dougie and Sasha
Christian of The Christians ( My Ray Charles
the support along with Jack Roberts
Hedges with Paul Young
Played harmonica with Susan on this gig
'The Bluesman' at The Raven Inn Llanarmon-yn-lal 21/08/10
at the Raven photo by Comrade Lowe
The Raven Inn, Llanarmon Yn Lal, Nr Mold, North Wales -
little pub that the local community took over a year ago
it from closing down.
You can find more details of what is
happening over the weekend at
historic Raven Inn will celebrate a successful year in business on
Saturday August 28th. The Pub is a traditional
community-orientated and community run free house situated in the
heart of the picturesque North Wales village of Llanarmon-yn-Ial.
The pub had been closed and on the
market for several months. Threatened with long term closure the
villagers approached the current landlord and proposed the community
run the pub.
Llanarmon-yn-Ial is a very picturesque
welsh village situated in the Clwydian hills which is a designated
“area of outstanding beauty”. The village is one of few remaining
with a shop, post office,
school and pub.
The pub is now run as a community
venture, and has initially be staffed and run by keen volunteers from
the village. Volunteers from the community have worked tirelessly to
maintain its success.
The Raven is a limited company by
guarantee which means that all profits are put back into local
why not come along and see us at the “Annual Celebration” August Bank
Holiday Week End and enjoy a true
village pub atmosphere.
AL's 'Photographics' at The International Guitar
James Burton at the
Floral Pavilion 20/11/10
Clayton (Elvis), The Passionettes, James Burton.
Band, Mike Byrne, Dave Dover, James
Hedges, Terry McClusky, Mike White,
Jones, Frankie Conner & Mike Byrne
rehearsin at Fort Perch Rock
Mike Byrne (Jerry Lee) & James Burton
One of the
Highlights of this year for me was playing alongside a guitar great, the
one and only James Burton whose pedigree is second to non having played
with Elvis Presley (9 years), Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Eddie Cochran,
Gene Vincent, Graham Parsons, John Denver, Emmylou Harris, Kris
Kristofferson but to name a few.
A true southern
gent who hails from Louisiana and has made Fort Perch Rock his second home
thanks to Dougie and Sasha.
LISTEN OUT FOR
A Celebration on BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8 FM celebrating the life and
works of Adrian Henri presented by
and curated by Catherine Marcangeli will be broadcast over the Xmas
broadcast will include performance, discussion, anecdotes and memories.
On Tour with James Burton and Albert Lee July 2012
I had the great privilege of working with two
great guitar legends
and watching them trade guitar licks was a joy to behold especially after
Albert proudly announced that James was his inspiration and guitar hero.
Burton, AL Peters , Albert Lee
Golly (guitar), Paul (vocals),
(vocals, keyboards), Pip (drums).
Girls, Louise and Dionne (backing vocals) with Susan Hedges and
at the PHILHARMONIC LIVERPOOL 27/07/12
I was with my friend Blind AL and friends waiting for the second
spot after an enthralling session from the Louisiana Bluesman when I
noticed a chair and microphone placed to the right of Lester then an
announcement that a local harmonica player was in the house and had been
invited to accompany him, I looked around to see who that was and to my
surprise people shouted out my name! After two numbers I asked him
should I go he replied "You stay right there boy".
I did just that and played the second set with him - what a joy!
Afterwards Blind AL and Spencer Leigh complemented me on my sensitive
Lazy 'I'm a Lover not a Fighter' Lester
The Louisiana Bluesman
AL with Lester after the gig
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