From: Bottleneck Blues [john_at_bottleneckblues_dot_com]
07 July 2007 20:12
Subject: FW: Geoff
Achison, 31st July, Important News.
Well that's Geoff's 12th tour completed &
it was one of the best I've ever had the pleasure & privilege to be
on. The boys played the best I've heard them play & the audiences were
totally knocked out. For some unbiased comment visit www.bluesnights.co.uk
where you'll be able to read about some of the reactions
at other venues. Congratulations Geoff, Sam, Dave & Paul......good on yers!
They recorded an excellent programme with Paul Jones which goes out on BBC Radio
2 on August 13th & can be listened to for a further 28days on-line _at_ www.bbc.co.uk Schedules can
Our next superb gig is on Tues 31st July at The
Bottleneck Blues Club, The Roffen featuring
Jeremiah Marques & The Blue
the line-up includes West Weston on
Doors 8:00pm On-Stage
I have a little space still left for this gig
but it is getting rapidly booked up.
This would normally be the last gig of the
season with the club opening again in late September....I'm working with some
friends & regulars to make this
This will be my last gig
You will know if you were at Geoff's gig,
after nearly 12 years of running The Bottleneck I must sadly announce that I am
hanging up my gig spurs.
a fleet of Mercedes Benz mini buses & Lexus 600s & have tied this
in with Manhatten Jet Charters & Villa in Dalyan to offer discrete
travel arrangements to sports people, musicians,
businessmen & anybody needing luxury transfers, flights or
I have made many friends over the years both at
the club & on the road touring with my artists. It's down to you that
the club has been so successful. I'm very proud of what has been achieved over
the years & have strived to only ever present what I consider to be "World
Class Music" but I can't support myself just promoting blues/roots so must (as
my dear late Mum said on her death-bed) "Get a proper
Thanks to you all for your support, your
friendship & your loyalty....I'll miss you & I'll miss the great nights
we've all shared.
However, you may not have got rid of me that
easily!! I've agreed to help (from a distance) anybody who wants to take
on the task of continuing The Bottleneck. I'm also getting stick from
The Souldiggers to continue with the tours....I can't give an answer on
that just yet & have asked them to give me time to develop my new business
& we'll look at 2008 in the New Year....so you never know...I might be
poking my head around the door in the future.
I would like to thank a few individuals without
whom my task would have been considerably tougher over the
years.........Brian Henlsow for his welcome at The
Roffen, Ciaran of Mu Mu, Alan Kyle & Terry Fergusson for their splendid
assistance in rigging (& de-rigging) the gigs, Roy Middleton for all sorts
of bits & pieces, Richard Studholme without whom none of the superb CDs
we've released could have happened, Paul Jones, Fran Leslie, Ashwyn Smyth &
the many other DJs & journalists who have always given me more time
& space than I deserved, the many promoters who have booked my artists, the
musicians whose art is so often under-valued & you lot....it don't happen
And so, it's the end of an era. I'd love
to see as many of you as I can before I go so try to make the next gig....if the
idea of me crying all over you is a bit of a turn-off just think of the great
music on offer (& wear a bib).
So it's goodbye from him & it's goodbye
from me...until we meet again!?