Being able to hear live music again lifts the spirits and gives us hope for the future. Jimmy C & the Blues Dragons have been entertaining crowds worldwide for many years and on Sunday 9th August their gig – the second this summer at the gardens of St Mary’s Tower, north London, was – dare I say it, a festival-like occasion.
The blues collective, fronted by the ever-smiling Jimmy Coletsis, has appeared in differing formations over the years – I’ve seen them at central London bar Ain’t Nothing But… and they are regulars around the Hornsey area.
Before the band started, we were reminded to remain socially distanced and the rules were adhered to as there was plenty of room to spread out over the gardens.
For this performance, the oft-rotating ensemble had three saxophones including the brilliant Antonio Campbell and John Kaethner on bass. Jimmy C and co seamlessly played a collection of blues – from classic numbers to more recent blues/rock numbers which including Hendrix, Dylan, early Fleetwood Mac, and also some of their own compositions.
The interior of the church tower has been operating as The Intimate Space venue for a few years. This beautiful and atmospheric little space comfortably seats 25 but for now it is rather too intimate to be used. However the Tower Gardens are proving popular for live open-air events such as Jimmy’s show. On the 5th September, Chris Howe brings Blacktooth Productions’ Celebrate N8 Northern Lights literary and music event.
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