Legendary club, Henry’s Blueshouse, has finally been added to the Archive. Situated above The Crown pub on the corners of Hill and Station St in the centre of Birmingham, I’ve had numerous emails about Henry’s which was started by Jim Simpson and played host to some of the biggest Blues musicians and blues/rock bands around. Please start adding your memories of the bands you saw and the nights you had and if you’ve got any photographs please put them on the site as well!
I’ll be adding photos of The Accused and other punk bands from Birmingham taken in 1979, there is some great photos courtesy of Paul Panic from The Accused and they are on the The Accused band page – 1 a day!
Paul has just finished a 3 hour DIY DVD of the punk scene which you can buy from here: http://www.myspace.com/accusedmellsquaremusick
Part of the royalty of Birmingham Music, father of Robin, Ail and Duncan of UB40 fame, the Ian Campbell Folk Group played an enormous role in 50’s and 60’s Folk movement and attracted anyone and everyone to Birmingham to hear them and play with them. A real area of civic pride that needs more recognition, a lot of the activity was centered around the Digbeth area with the most famous venue probably being the Jug O’Punch.
Mike Skinner was wrongly labeled as a Geezer’ in his early days. He was always so much more than that, a great songwriter who articulated the mundane realities of life with a humour and sophistication that is all too lacking in today’s music.
This track was from the last album Everything Is Borrowed and is a rather glorious and uplifting song, I remember seeing this performed with a gospel group backing which was rather special.
Another example of the cultural dynamism of Birmingham, one of my favourites, Apache Indian, who, I think, received more recognition outside of his home town which is a shame. At the forefront of the Asian Fusion explosion which exploded a couple of years ago, Apache is an example of the massive impact and heritage we have in the city of Indian music, epitomised by the city being one of the world centres of Bhangra!