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Léobard. Abbaye Nouvelle : soirée jazz et blues Le 20 Aout 2011


Article in La Depeche du Midi 24/08/11

Gary Brooker and his group supported by  the duo Rag Mama Rag

Saturday, August 20, the Association for the Protection of the Abbaye Nouvelle in Leobard, France, chaired by Paul Barrière, offered an evening of Jazz and Blues, with the opening act, the duo “Rag Mama Rag” followed by Gary Brooker and Judy Blair. The first part of the evening was superb. The duo, Ashley and Deborah Dow, using several instruments each (Acoustic Guitar, Ukulele for him, harmonica, washboard percussion, spoons for her)  played with heart, interpreting  country blues, swing, ragtime and their personal compositions. Then came the second part. Gary Brooker on piano, Judy Blair at the organ, two guitarists and a drummer. Under the arch of the lower room of the Abbey, though 44 years have passed since his debut in the band Procol Harum, Gary`s voice was faultless .

The audience, fascinated until the end listened to the famous “A Whiter Shade Of Pale,” global success of 1967. To continue the magic, the duo “Rag Mama Rag” joined the five artists for the last few numbers. The party was over, but all will cherish the memory of that August evening and often watch videos shot that night, hoping perhaps that the local association will have them back a third time.

Photo courtesy of  Malcolm Lewis

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