Almanac Music: Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen

In the tradition of Professor Longhair, New Orleans based musician Jon Cleary continues the boogie-woogie piano playing that New Orleans is renowned for.

Almanac Music: ‘The Musical Mojo of Dr John: A Celebration of Mac and his Music’

Dr John is one of the legends of New Orleans music. Col Ritchie attended a tribute to Dr John, ‘The Musical Mojo of Dr John: A Celebration of Mac and his Music’ at the newly renovated Saenger Theatre in New Orleans in 2014.

Almanac Music: The music of New Orleans – Traditional Jazz and The Preservation Hall

New Orleans is one of the great cities of the world, primarily known for its music and culture. Col Ritchie will be introducing readers to the music of New Orleans over the coming weeks. This week, some traditional jazz featuring The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Tuba Skinny.

Almanac Flashback – Jazzfest New Orleans 2019: Johnny Rivers

Col’s disappointed Jazzfest 2020 has been cancelled due to coronavirus. He had a great time at Jazzfest in New Orleans last year, with Johnny Rivers one of his highlights at the festival. Read Col’s reprised story here.

Steve Earl on Tour: All things sugar and spice

I think we might have found another one here. Wonderful observational sports travel piece from North Fitzroy Arms native Steve Earl as he finds himself in the Deep South of the US, at a football match, in a sports bar, and at a ramshackle corner pub. [Between Steve Earl and The People’s Elbow I think I’m becoming an Ole Miss fan – JTH]