Here’s something worth shedding a tear over...one of the country’s best blues clubs is leaving Hammersmith .
Brooks Blues Bar is moving from its home of three years and relocating to Covent Garden.
The club, which was based in King Street at the Polish social and cultural (POSK), was started by Fulham blues buffs Tony Bell and Ann Rosenberg 13 years ago, and despite having a peripatetic existence, but has always been a mecca for visiting American blues performers and home-grown talent .
The club’s fans will now have to travel to Seven Dials Club, Covent Garden, with a curtain-raising gig on Friday (18 November).
When launched in May 2003, the club was based in Brook Green Hotel, in Shepherds Bush Road, in May 2003. Since then it has found a home in Notting Hill, Parsons Green, Putney, Twickenham and Camden.
Over recent years it has been sited at the Jazz Cafe Posk, with regular acoustic blues gigs on the first Saturday of the month.
Over the years the Brooks Blues Bar has hosted luminaries such as slide guitarist Roger Hubbard, the Rossano Sportiello trio, Dana Gillespie, Rag Mama Rag, George Melly.
Tony and Ann say they will miss their familiar surroundings, but are looking forward to the next adventure.
“I suppose you could say we’re itinerant, in typical blues tradition,” said Ann. “We’ve always had an enormous loyalty to west and south west London, and we’ve always enjoyed ourselves wherever we were, learning something new each time about our audiences.
“Moving to Covent Garden is a terrific opportunity, giving us more dates and greater flexibility than at POSK, although it was a lovely place with a wonderful piano.”
POSK hit the headlines earlier this year when 'racist graffiti' was found daubed on the building in the days following the Brexit referendum result.
For more details go to the Brooks Blues Bar website .
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