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Kent DuChaine + Indian Meal


Kent DuChaine has listened to, hung out with, opened up for, traveled and played with most of the great Blues men and women his whole adult life.

The list is too long to name them all, but some of the major ones are: Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Koko Taylor, BB, Albert and Freddie King, Willie Dixon, Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Robert JR Lockwood, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Furry Lewis and Son House. These were the big Country and Urban Blues influences who Kent heard and/or played with.

Kent’s early days with the Blues involved him both living and learning the Blues life. He has played in most of the major Blues festivals in the U.S.A. and Europe and was part of a Grammy nominated album recorded at the prestigious Smithsonian Institute Festival of Folk Life in Washington D.C. The theme of the festival was “The Roots of Rhythm & Blues, The Robert Johnson Era” and was recorded and released by Sony Music. It featured Robert Johnson’s old buddies, Johnny Shines, Robert JR Lockwood, Honeyboy Edwards, and Henry Townsend.

Kent attended two of the early “Ann Arbor Blues Festivals” in the 70’s. It united together virtually every  important Blues man and woman in the world who performed for the three days and nights in August. His dedication and talent for the blues earned him the honor of opening two shows for Bukka White, spending time with Mississippi Fred McDowell and befriending his hometown Bluesmen, Lazy Bill Lucas and Mojo Buford in  Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has even hung out with Muddy Waters who he later paid his last respects to at  Muddys’ funeral in Chicago. You will have to wait till you see him on stage to hear if he took up Muddy’s offer of  some reefer and Champagne!

The Blues were happening all around Kent at this time and he ended up playing alongside Kim Wilson in a band called “Aces, Straights & Shuffles”. Willie Dixon heard the band and complimented Kent on his slide playing sounding like a young Muddy Waters. Willie arranged a recording contract for the boys to help them launch their career by putting them on stage with Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins and Margie Evans.

Kent spent time in Austin, Texas in the mid 70’s, soaking up the blues at “Antone’s”, who where beginning to bring in alot of the old Blues men. He met Stevie Ray Vaughn and learned that there where others who shared the same passion and respect for the real Blues.

Around this time the most incredible thing happened: after searching for ten years, Kent found his beloved 1934  National Steel guitar, Leadbessie. After some time, Kent could see that the solo Blues life was where he wanted to go. Traveling the roads alone allowed him the opportunities he was seeking. Following the Blues trails unhindered  gave him the freedom to play where and when he wanted, for what ever he could get, even if it was just a meal and a drink. The solo life built his following, reputation and talent for the real Blues.

By the late 80’s he was doing 300+ shows a year all over N. America. He was blessed by the Blues in 1988 by coming across the great Johnny Shines who was living in Alabama. Kent had been based there already for seven years so he knew his way around. The two of them together were a sight to see….” The Young and the Old”.  Kent and Johnny traveled for three years and did over 200 shows together. He also recorded a W.C. Handy award winning album with Johnny and Snooky Pryor. The Blues rained down April 21st 1992, just four days before the two of them where to celebrate their birthdays together, Johnny passed away. Kent understanding that this is life, carried on alone.

He has spent most of the last 24 years traveling back and forth to Europe and has done 100 plus European tours of 4-7 weeks each. He has logged millions of miles and many 1000’s of shows.

You can have the opportunity to see what Kent DuChaine can do and hear what he knows by coming to The Sumac Centre on Saturday 18th November.



Open mic returns to the the Sumac on a monthly basis (every second Friday of the month). A electric piano plus two electrics a bass and an acoustic guitar will be available to use. As will three guitar and a bass amp plus PA.
All welcome from beginners to pros 🙂

Seize The Day Before the Green Festival

A Pre-Festival Warm-up on Saturday 16th September at the Sumac Centre, beginning with a People’s Kitchen Meal at 7pm, followed by a Special Benefit Gig by/for Seize The Day, the campaigning activist folk band that are coming all the way from Somerset to support Nottingham Green Festival.

As many of you may be too busy to enjoy all the bands, spoken word performers, busters, kids entertainers, acoustic acts and other activities on the day, join us for this special opportunity to see this amazing band.

This event may also double as an after-party for the Stuff Of Life Festival being held at the nearby Hedley Villas Park from 12-6pm on that Day Before the Green Festival.

AOA, Cress, Decontrol and Sods Law

Rebel Cat Events is proud to present the reformed AOA, seminal Scotish anarcho punk band, with support from the mighty Cress and Decontrol as well as more bands tbc.

Not to be missed.

Cress: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLAJ11dJZHs
Decontrol: https://www.facebook.com/DecontrolNEUK/?fref=ts
Sods Law: https://www.facebook.com/sodslawderby/?fref=ts

Door Tax £5.00 plus a raffle

Plymouth Vegan Fair & evening fundraiser

 Plymouth Vegan Fair followed by musical and poetic entertainment

Free admission to Fair from 3pm-6.30pm

Stalls include:
Alkaline Diet
Andy Pollock – Wood Turner
Dr Hadwen Trust
Tropics Cosmetics
Devon Wildlife Trust
Devon Badger Group
(St Agnus) Marine Conservation
PFFA – info and sales
Oh My Goodness Cakes
Ethica – all-vegan shop
Devon County Hunt Sabs
The Naturally Vegan Plot
EFFA with IAnimal Headsets
James Stewart – Wildlife Photographer
Hyfryd Vegan Skincare – hand made in Wales
Ethical Investors
Wild Futures
Cruelty Free International
Arts, Crafts and Jewellery stalls raising funds for CALF Sanctuary and rabbit rescue

Homemade Vegan & Gluten Free Food – 3 – 6.30 pm

Hot and Cold Drinks – provided by The Discovery Cafe

Dogs welcome (on leads)

Music & poetry Show from 7.15pm with a
vegan supper prepared by Fairfoods @ £15


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