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To try and address the balance with the other new thread about most often heard covers, how about a thread about the songs you wouldn’t expect done “Blues”.

Okay, as a high-water mark, Aynsley’s take on Gnarls Barclay’s Crazy, or Red Butler tipping their caps to old mate Rag’n'Bone Man’s Human

So here’s a new one - Nat King Cole’s China Gate, done by Thorbjorn Risager & Black Tornado

     

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The Beatles’ Come Together.... by Australian one-man-band Claude Hay (supporting WATB last night).

Plenty more to say about this guy; I was well impressed.

From a previous tour - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KkcLHLWH4o
(as played on “Betty” rather than this tour’s “Loretta”)

     

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mcraggs27 - 11 October 2017 08:18 AM

The Beatles’ Come Together.... by Australian one-man-band Claude Hay (supporting WATB last night).

Plenty more to say about this guy; I was well impressed.

Thought this might pop up. Great show supporting Wille and the Bandits.

     
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Always good when Rebecca & the band launch into Ike & Tina’s Baby Get It On, as they did Friday night. However, I notice Mollie Marriott & Bad Touch as well as Vintage Trouble are starting to swing it towards the other thread…
(From The Cluny) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4JevTGQxQo

Makes up for their transgressions into the “Most Heard Covers”; Another Piece of My Heart & Rather Go Blind

     

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Two ‘strange covers came to me tonight. (The late) Moreland and Arbuckle used to to do Tears For Fears Everybody used to rule the world. And Paul Liddell’s band once had some fun with Video killed the Radio star, hard to describe but maybe ‘Drunk punk’, is close!

     
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Some would say strange or even bizarre at some of the covers and stuff heard last night at JW Jones’ gig at The Cluny, but I would call it fun. Opening with the surf classic Wham! and closing with a Ventures medley including Walk Don’t Run, Secret Agent Man; James Bond Theme, Hawaii 50, Apache, Misirlou and several others, taping into Jerry McGee / Nokie Edwards vibe. Biggest grin maker though was Simpson Theme in a BB King style…

How many can you recognise from this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vJXPxVg_ds

PS, on the Memphis Sun album, JW does a Bluesed-up cover of an olde Bryan Adams, Cuts Like A Knife.

     

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Well, it seems that at Folk gigs anything goes in terms of odd covers and last Saturday we had prime examples of Driven Serious diving headlong into Ziggy Stardust as well as acoustically into Another Brick In The Wall..

However, top prize of the evening went to Bubamara on their marrying Arabic themes with Hebrew influences on Western Pop and coming up with a Bouzouki driven Money, Money Money as ABBA never imagined it.

     

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Maybe not unexpected, given the sort of material Emma Wilson covered, but very welcome rendition of the old Ann Peebles’  I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down during her set on Friday at Darlington. Last good version was probably Paul Young, circa 1984.

     

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Gotta be a first at a rock gig, Dean Martins Memories are made of this! courtesy of Ronnie Semples Swamp Hoppers. They used to be Rockabilly but 60/70s blues and rock covers these days. The drunken woman who kept asking for Bon Jovi was out of luck.

     
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Granted, an Eric Clapton cover may well be par of the course at a Blues gig, but I bet many wouldn’t expect one from his Pilgrim album, but on Friday night, Stevie Nimmo & band stripped River of Tears of all it’s Pop pretention and made it a classic.

     

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Rory Gallagher is rarely heard these days, even in what should have been his 70th year, so it was a rare treat to hear RUF ingénue Vanja Sky tear into Bad Penny at Hartlepool on Saturday. Mind, playing Rory at Supporters Club almost guarantees a return booking from Tommy.

     

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