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Tuesday 19th September 2017 7.00 adv

Barry "The Fish" Melton
with Stephane Missri

support from Scarlet Town

On Tuesday 19th September there is a very special concert at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth, when Barry "The Fish" Melton, one of the greatest ever San Francisco "psych blues" guitarists, appears at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. His dazzling guitar technique and strong vocals are still as great as ever.

In 1965, together with Country Joe McDonald, Barry " co-founded Country Joe and the Fish initially as a duo, but soon they formed a full band, and released the astonishing debut album "Electric Music For The Mind And Body" in 1967.

Barry appeared on all the Country Joe and The Fish recordings and he also wrote many of the songs that the band recorded. .

Country Joe and The Fish appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967) and Woodstock Festival (1969) , and their performances are featured in the films of these two groundbreaking festivals .

Barry was also a founding member of The Dinosaurs, a San Francisco super group which at various times also included Peter Albin and David Getz (Big Brother and the Holding Company), John Cipollina and Greg Elmore (Quicksilver Messenger Service), Papa John Creech (Jefferson Starship), Spencer Dryden (Jefferson Airplane), Robert Hunter (The Grateful Dead ), Jerry Miller (Moby Grape), and David LaFlamme (It's a Beautiful Day).

Barry performs and tours worldwide both solo and with his own bands -which include his French band, Jamasutra. In 2010 Barry was lead guitarist for It's A Beautiful Day on their U.K. tour, and has toured in the U.K , playing with Bruce Barthol from Country Joe & the Fish, and Lowell Levinger, a.k.a. Banana from The Youngbloods - now a member of the Bruce Springsteen "spin off" band Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul


Joining Barry on the U.K tour will be Stephane Missri, a fine guitarist and singer from Barry's band Jamasutra.

BARRY MELTON & STEPHANE MISSRI appear on Tues 19th September at The Square Tower, Old Portsmouth. Support will be from Scarlet Town. Doors open at 7p.m., and the event starts at 7.30.p.m. Tickets are strictly limited to 100.

Tickets 7 advance available from - via Paypal - and also from Street Level Music, 139 Albert Rd, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 2SQ

The Square Tower

Broad Street
Old Portsmouth
Thursday 5th October 2017 10.00 door, 8.00 adv, 6.00 concession

Elles Bailey

The Bullfrog Blues Club
The NBE CSA Club
Onslow Road
Club Site
Sunday 22nd October 2017 10.00 door 8.00 adv

Watermelon Slim

Official Website

Bill "Watermelon Slim" Homans appeared at The Bullfrog Blues Club a while back, and he went down so well we were DETERMINED to get him back! However, it's been difficult to pin down dates, but I'm delighted to tell you he will be appearing at a very special extra Bullfrog Blues gig on Sunday 22nd October in the back function room of The R.M.A. Tavern, 58, Cromwell Road, Eastney. Tickets are restricted to just 60 - so first come first served. This man is a certified genius, and this is a great chance to see him "up close and personal".

Watermelon Slim has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. From sizzling slide guitar to nitty-gritty harp blowing to a gruff, resonating Okietwang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle ofhooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat. He's one hell of abottleneck guitarist, and he's got that cry in his voice that only the greatest singers in the genre have hadbefore him.

Watermelon Slim has had 17 Blues Music Award nominations in four years including a record-tying six in both 2007 & 2008. Only the likes of B.B. King,Buddy Guy and Robert Cray have landed six in a year and Slim is the ONLY blues artist in history with twelve in two consecutive years!

Slim was born in Boston and raised in North Carolina listening to the family's housekeeper singing John Lee Hookersongs. Slim enlisted for Vietnam, and whilst laid upin a Vietnam hospital bed he taught himself upside-down left-handed slide guitar on a $5 balsa woodmodel using a triangle pick cut from a rusty coffee can top and his Army issued Zippo lighter as the slide.

Slim first appeared on the music scene with the release of the only known protest record by a veteranduring the Vietnam War. The project was "Merry Airbrakes", a 1973 protest tinged LP with tracks CountryJoe McDonald later covered.

In the following 44 plus years Slim has been a truck driver, a forklift operator, a watermelon farmer in Oklahoma (hence his stagename), a sawmiller (where he lost a partial finger), a firewood salesman, a collection agent, a funeral officiator - and attimes a small time criminal, which forced him to flee Boston where hehad played peace rallies, sit-ins and rabbleroused musically with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, who recently singled out Slim to her audience as a living blues legend during one of her performances. Somehow Slim has also found time to complete a master'sdegree, start a family, become an artist and joined Mensa, the social networking group reserved for memberswith certified genius IQs.

J.R says "Slim now lives in Clarksdale Mississippi, where he not only plays music but owns a restaurant, which I can personally recommend - I was there last year, where I met up with Slim, and begged him to return to The Bullfrog! Needless to say, I'm making the trip over from Ireland to attend THIS one!!!"

The Gun Room @ The RMA Tavern
Cromwell Road
Thursday 2nd November 2017 12.00 door, 10.00 adv, 8.00 conc.

Paul Lamb and The King Snakes

The Bullfrog Blues Club
The NBE CSA Club
Onslow Road
Club Site
Thursday 7th December 2017 10 door 8.00 adv 6.00 concession

Muddy Waters Tribute
With Six Cross Eyed Cats

Stompin' Dave - vocals/ guitar
Andy Broad - guitar
Jon Vaughan - harmonica
Chris Rickard - keyboard
Jules Bushell - bass
Jim Shearman - drums

The Bullfrog Blues Club
The NBE CSA Club
Onslow Road
Club Site