The Phoenix Rises Again......

        Picture of BB courtesy of Chris Maddocks' post to Pentrich Rock and Blues Custom Show.

               Molly and Rachel's picture courtesy of Keith Knowles.


             Another great BB show at another great Rock and Blues. Two low bass players, three dancers, brilliant sunshine and probably the biggest crowd of the weekend for Platform 15.

             All proceeded by an excellent set from Metropolis, sounding a little punchier than usual on the day.

             First picture shows Mike heading off for one of his audience strolls for possible the last time. Pentrich was Mike's last scheduled show with BB, as he heads off to pastures new with "Engraved In Blood". So Thanks again to Mike for well over a century of gigs and all the best with the new project.

            Not to rule out a guest return, should the stars align.

            So in with the new and Molly taking some of the low bass duties on Saturday as well as throwing some dance moves alongside Rachel and Tasha.

          Two upcoming gigs this weekend. Not far to move The BB Mobile on Friday as the venue is The George and Dragon, Bridge Street in Belper. It was a really big turnout last visit. So a first chance for one of BB's home crowds to catch Molly.

          A Saturday outing to The Workhouse at Llanflyllin, Powys, scene of a great gig last year at "The Phoenix" festival, born from the ashes at the eleventh hour, through Dale's endeavours, after a previously booked event was cancelled late.

          With another decent weather forecast in the offing, a chance to catch BB in a splendid and historic venue set in fabulous scenery. Camping or a place in the bunkhouse available with prior booking.

        Llanfyllin is about equidistant from Oswestry and Welshpool. Trains run to Welshpool and a limited Tanat Valley bus service 76 runs up to the village every day apart from Sunday.

        If you voted in The Weirdest Band pole last week, many thanks to you. It worked and BB romped home. A really nice take on the band in the associated article at  http://weirdestbandintheworld.com/2013/07/31/weird-band-of-the-week-bb-blackdog/.

        Back on the subject of travel, looking ahead to The Reloaded Festival in Bad Segeberg, these appear to be the options for travel from the UK. Not too many flights direct to Hamburg. Easyjet from Manchester looks the best option. Can be done Friday outwards, Monday return for about £110 currently.

        Since that still leaves getting to and from Manchester and Hamburg, maybe the best bet is Eurolines coach service £123 Lubeck return from London with a £15 National Express add on from your local departure point. For a cheap trip, this also holds the added advantage of sleeping overnight on the coach( if you have the ability to sleep on coaches!).

       Trains are possible, Eurostar to Paris, Paris-Est to Hamburg, onwards to Lubeck. Looks like £300 of anybody's money though.

       Local bus 7650 from Lubeck bus station, adjacent to the rail station to Bad Segeberg about 45 minutes.

       Some nice looking accommodation in the town, available on Trip Advisor starting around £50.

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