As I am sure some of you are already aware, the Friday May 26th gig at The New Crawdaddy Blues Club was the last gig to be held at Billericay Town F.C. The extensive building work taking place, and planned for the future, has impacted on the Crawdaddy in such a way that it has been impossible for us to function in the professional manner that we are used to and has given me no alternative but to cease to run the club at this venue.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Billericay Town F.C. for allowing us to host the club for the last four years at their venue and give particular thanks to Steve Kent and Sharon Kent for being so welcoming and accommodating during our time with them at the helm. A special mention also for Mick and Steve behind the bar whose hard work really should be recognised more fittingly.
My apologies go the bands that have been booked for the remainder of the season and I hope that they realise that it is the last thing that I would want to happen, as I know how difficult it is to get regular gigs on the circuit.
Over the course of the next couple of weeks, I will be contacting everyone that has purchased a ticket for the Chantel McGregor gig planned for the 9th June to arrange for a refund. I will do my best to do this as soon as possible but please be patient as I have a lot of things to organise in respect of the winding down of the club.
I have no plans at present to immediately continue running the club at another venue and think it fitting that myself and the Crawdaddy crew have a well-earned rest for the remainder of the season, having run the club continuously for the last 18 years. Should offers of alternative venues come our way I will, of course, seriously consider them accordingly and, who knows, maybe we will see you all again in the very near future.
It just leaves me to thank the people that have continued to support the club over the last 18 years, many of whom have become good friends, and to thank all of the fantastic acts that have graced our stage. I never cease to be amazed at the quality of the musicians and it has been an immense pleasure to have given a stage to such diverse talents.
Finally, a massive thank you to the superb Crawdaddy crew who have supported me every single week of this fantastic journey. Without their continued hard work, giving of their time and talents for no payment whatsoever, it would have been impossible for us to function in the way we do. Thanks also to my fellow resident band members, both past and present, The Heaters who, I believe, have always been a very important part of what we do. It is a pleasure to play with such gifted musicians and we have no plans to end that union, so it would be great to see you all at any future gigs.
A special thank you, also, for someone who has been a great supporter of what we do, and for all things blues related, for some considerable time, Ashwyn Smyth. Now known as our French correspondent, having retired to France some years ago, he is still heavily involved in promoting the club by writing our weekly newsletter as well as hosting various blues radio shows and heading up the UK Blues organisation. He has become the unseen member of the Crawdaddy crew but his contribution has been immense and I value it greatly – thank you Ashwyn.
Well, that’s it from me. Please continue to support live music wherever it may be. It remains increasingly difficult to get people through the doors to listen to live music, with the many distractions we have out there, and I know how much hard work goes into promoting these events so support your local promoters by getting along to Blues at Barleylands, the Touchline at Hockley and the many events that Nick Garner promotes in and around the Chelmsford area and beyond.
Kind regards, Paul – Paul Dean – Promoter, The New Crawdaddy Blues Club