2 Shades of Grey

Songs from the soundtrack of your life

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Lucy’s back in town

Lucy Zirins made the 26th Great British R & B Festival in Colne the venue for her northern homecoming.

Since I last saw her at the Mechanics Institute at the 25th Burnley International R & B Festival in 2013 she has moved to London and picked up a backing band The Southern Company comprising: Pete Billington on keyboard and fiddle, Andy Crowdy on double bass, and Simon Price on drums.

So there she was on Friday on the British Stage. She sounded as good as ever although to my ears a bit more country than blues – but who cares as longs the music is good, which it was.

She sang a mix of songs from her first album “Chasing Clocks” and some from an upcoming EP “What’s in front of me“. She even included that gospel classic “Wade in the Water” referencing Eva Cassidy. I remember  the Ramsey Lewis version from 1966 but that’s showing my age.

DSC00688DSC00692DSC00693DSC00695DSC00705Her voice was stronger and the band were tight and she can only go on to better things. One small thing though. What happened to her resonator guitar?

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I Love Lucy

Lucy Zirins that is.

I saw her at last year’s Rock and Blues Festival in Burnley and loved her performance. The Burnley-born singer-songwriter plays acoustic and resonator guitars. She’s also a very down-to-earth and friendly person and lovely to boot.

kettledrumsc000af9fbI bought her CD – Chasing Clocks – and promised her I’d blog about her. I did include her in my blog about the festival but I didn’t give her one of her own.

And I looked to see if she was on this year and she is. She’s due to perform at the Kettledrum on Sunday at 1400.

Those of you who live locally will know that the clarets will be starting their victory parade through town at that time, which is pretty tough to compete with.

So feeling a bit guilty I decided to upload some of the photos I took of her performance last year on the main stage.



She was inspired to play by an uncle who was learning the guitar before he died and her unusual name comes from Latvian ancestry.

She inspired me to add a resonator guitar to my collection. Check her out at Lucy Zirins.

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25th Burnley International Rock & Blues Festival


Every May Burnley has something to smile about. This weekend not only did the local football team finish higher than its Lancashire rivals in the Championship but the music festival was on at the mechanics for the 25th year. Originally a blues festival it’s been retitled Rock and Blues but still has the original feel with acts appearing at American-themed venues all over town.

On Saturday Southside Johnny & the Asbury Dukes were the headliners on the main stage but I saved my hard-earned money for Sunday night and the Zombies. They were the headline act but with support from Paul Jones and Dave Kelly, Lucy Zirins, and Wishbone Ash.

I remember Paul Jones from his days as lead singer with Manfred Mann, a jazz-influenced group which played R&B and soul covers as well as their own material and probably best remembered for Do Wah Diddy, a cover…

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