WE were at the Clyde Hotel on Sunday 15 December for our last view of the Louisiana Shakers for 2013, and The Clyde was in festive mood as you can see.
(The Shakers will be back on the 22nd for their final for the year – bound to put you in the right mood for holidays and other celebrations, including the Goulburn Convention for those lucky enough to be making the trip. Nick Polites will be driving up on Boxing Day). The New Year starts for them on 2 February.
The band had the usual lineup of Derek Reynolds (trumpet), Nick Polites (clarinet), leader Ashley Keating (banjo), Nat Garbutt (double bass) and Kevin Bolton (drums), but depping for regular Doug Holbury on trombone was that popular New Orleans muso, Hughie de Rosayro.
A real standout amongst the many great tunes played during the afternoon was the J. Mayo Williams-Bo Chatman 12 bar blues, CORRINE CORRINA with Hughie on vocals. The video wanders about a bit – sorry, I was enjoying the music so much that I forgot to keep an eye on the camera!
CORRINE CORRINA has become a standard in a number of musical styles, including blues, rock and roll (Bill Haley and His Comets), Cajun, Western swing and folk, but a version which I particularly like is in the same tradition as the Shakers’. It is this delectable George Lewis/Acker Bilk duet which was broadcast on BBC television in 1965. I think that’s great blues pianist Stan Greig who played with many other British bands including Ken Colyer and Humphrey Lyttelton as well as his own London Jazz Big Band.