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Wed 13 Apr 2005 BWPS Player-Member Johnny Johnson passed away.
 
The 17 Jun 2004 marks a turning point for the BWPS as well as for Ye Olde Black Boy pub . . . Richard & Janette Gant, our hosts, have left in order to open their own pub elsewhere in Hull. It seems a natural point to discontinue the regular Thursday evening Boogie-Woogie sessions which have been running since 25 Apr 2002 & to thank all the players, the regular faces & especially Richard & Janette. The BWPS will continue TO CELEBRATE & PERPETUATE THE ART OF IMPROVISATIONAL, SYNCOPATIONAL, TWO-FISTED, BARRELHOUSE & BOOGIE-WOOGIE PIANO. Bookmark this page & check frequently for first-hand news of future BWPS activities.
The BWPS meeting on the 10 Jun 2004 featured the playing of Jeff Palfreyman & Freddy James . . . "Barrelhouse" Annie sang & lots of ale was quaffed.
 
The 3 Jun 2004 BWPS meeting in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull was enlivened by the playing of Adam "Lux" Hemborough & John "Left Hand" Diver who both helped Freddy in keeping the old piano hot with some handy stride material & even a Be-Bop piece amongst the customary Boogie-Woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse fare.
 
Freddy James was the only piano player at the BWPS meeting on 27 May 2004 but the old upright was well & truly jangled as much ale slipped down . . . a good time was had by all.

On the 20 May 2004 Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull rang to the sound of Blues, Boogie-Woogie & Barrelhouse piano as Freddy James rolled 'em & rolled 'em & rolled 'em.

The 13 May 2004 episode of the BWPS epic had Freddy James applying epicentric epidermal appendage pressure, thereby bringing forth Blues, Boogie-Woogie & Barrelhouse music to an appreciative crowd in Ye Olde Black Boy.

On the 6 May 2004 Jeff Palfreyman rolled 'em until the time-bell tolled, "Barrelhouse" Annie sang with soul, much real ale was quaffed & a fine time was had by all at Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull.

The first-ever International Boogie-woogie Festival in Holland is scheduled to take place in the city of Bussum on 1 May 2004 . . . Details : www.boogiepromotionsholland.nl

Standing-room only in Ye Olde Black Boy as another Thursday evening of Boogie-Woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse pounded forth on the 29 Apr 2004 with Freddy James, Adam "Lux" Hembrough & John "Left Hand" Diver taking rotation on the piano . . . a HOT night as the BWPS enters the 3rd year of Boogie-Woogie Thursday sessions.

On the 22 Apr 2004 an appreciative crowd in Ye Olde Black Boy enjoyed non-stop Boogie-Woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse by Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman . . . the evening being nicely rounded off with a short vocal performance by "Barrelhouse" Annie.

Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman kept the keyboard moving as a good crowd enjoyed an evening of first class Boogie-Woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse playing on the 15 Apr 2004.

The 8 Apr 2004 Boogie-Woogie Preservation Society meeting in Ye Olde Black Boy was standing-room only as Freddy James, Jeff Palfreyman & Bruce Cutts kept the newly tuned piano hot.

The 1 Apr 2004 gathering of the BWPS in Ye Olde Black Boy was well attended & a good atmosphere was evident as Freddy issued forth with 2 sets of hard-drivin' Boogie-Woogie, Barrelhouse & Blues.

Ye Olde Black Boy was buzzin' & some new faces were to be seen on 25 Mar 2004 . . . Freddy rolled 'em real good.

On the 18 Mar 2004 Ye Olde Black Boy rang to the sound of the old upright as Freddy played Blues, Barrelhouse & solid Boogie-Woogie.

The 11 Mar 2004 meeting of the BWPS was again well attended as Freddy James rolled 'em some more.

The BWPS meeting in Ye Olde Black Boy on 4 Mar 2004 was buzzin' . . . Freddy was back in the chair & rolled 'em until the time-bell . . . much fine ale was quaffed.

Freddy was unable to play on 26 Feb 2004 due to ill health but expects to be back on form in time for next week's episode. BWPS stalwart Jeff Palfreyman was also unwell & not able to play . . . 

The regular Thu eve gathering of the BWPS in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull on 19 Feb 2004 had Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman keeping the piano hot whilst our hosts Richard & Janette kept the crowd's thirsts at bay with plentiful flagons of fine real ales.

The 12 Feb 2004 gathering of The Boogie-woogie Preservation Society was well attended & much fine ale was seen off as Freddy James rolled 'em with a short interlude by BWPS player-member John Holtby making a return visit to Ye Olde Black Boy.

Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull rang to the sound of Boogie-Woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse piano by Freddy James on 5 Feb 2004.

The 29 Jan 2004 meeting of the BWPS in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull, UK was less than full but those that were there grooved as Freddy James rolled 'em fast & slow, long & low.

On 22 Jan 2004 Ye Olde Black Boy was "standing room only" as Freddy James rolled out the Boogie-woogie.

The BWPS meeting on 15 Jan 2004 had Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman alternating at the piano . . . consequently the crowded room enjoyed non-stop Boogie-woogie, Blues & traditional Barrelhouse piano.

Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull, has been voted "Hull Pub Of The Year 2003" by a majority of 66% . . . The award, by Campaign For Real Ale was presented to our hosts, Richard & Janette Gant on 10 Jan 2004.

BWPS Player-Member Caroline Dahl has a newly released album & it's a hot one ! Check her "Night House" CD at : www.carolinedahl.com 

The BWPS meeting on 8 Jan 2004 featured the playing of Freddy James, Stuart Preston & John Diver. A pattern of 3 tunes & change pianists kept the keyboard hot until the bell tolled for "time".

Happy New Year & the Boogie-woogie rolls on every Thu 9pm in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull.

The 18 Dec 2003 meeting of the BWPS was well attended & Freddy James' rollin' style of Blues, Boogie-woogie & barrelhouse was much in evidence. There will be no BWPS gathering on 25 Dec 2003 & 1 Jan 2004 . . . next session will be on 8 Jan 2004

On the 11 Dec 2003 the weekly meeting of the BWPS featured the playing of Al Kilvington, Jeff Palfreyman & Freddy James.

Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull was awash with Boogie-woogie piano as Freddy rolled 'em on the 4 Dec 2003.

 29 Nov 2003, Brussels International Boogie Woogie Festival featuring 4 international players . . . Discount to BWPS members. Details : www.88boogie.com
 
The BWPS gathering of 27 Nov 2003 was well attended & much fine ale was sunk as Freddy James pounded out the Boogie.
 
On the 20 Nov 2003 Ye Olde Black Boy rung to the Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse playing of Freddy James.
 
The 13 Nov 2003 gathering of the BWPS featured the piano antics of Freddy James & Mark Bell. Much fine cask ale was quaffed as the Boogie Woogied on.
 
The BWPS meeting of 6 Nov 2003 in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull was a non-stop piano tour-de-force. Prime motivator Freddy James was joined by Mark Bell & Stuart Preston on his second visit. Two new players of high calibre made their debut at the BWPS . . . John Diver & Adam Hembrough provided a touch of finesse to the evening.
 
The BWPS meeting on 30 Oct 2003 was memorable . . . no less than 6 piano players performed to a crowded room. Freddy James was joined by BWPS stalwarts Jeff Palfreyman & septuagenarian Bruce Cutts who again made it across the muddy river. The evening was further enriched by short interludes from Andy Potter, Mark Bell & Stuart Preston.
 
On the 23 Oct 2003 Ye Olde Black Boy was well attended & much ale was consumed as Freddy James Boogie-woogied & then Boogied some more. Two novice players stepped up & played in the interval.
 
Thu 16 Oct 2003 was a rollin', rompin', thumpin' Boogie-woogie evening in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull.
 
On 9 Oct 2003 Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull, rang to the sound of Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse by Freddy James.
 
The 2 Oct 2003 BWPS session started somewhat quiet but soon picked up as Freddy James pumped out the Blues & Boogie-woogie . . . some new faces & potential new players are heartening to see.
 
The BWPS gathering on 25 Sep 2003 turned into a wild event when a substantial crowd of revellers packed Ye Olde Black Boy & enjoyed the music so much that they stayed until the very end. Freddy James rolled & rolled . . . then rolled 'em a little bit more.
 
The 18 Sep 2003 BWPS gathering was a blast . . . Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman kept the piano hot whilst the highlight of the evening was provided by "Barrelhouse" Annie who loosed off a few choice songs.
 
Ye Olde Black Boy on the 11 Sep 2003 was the place to be as Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman kept the piano hot all evening.
 
On the 4 Sep 2003 the clientele in Ye Olde Black Boy were treated to Blues, Boogie-woogie & Barrelhouse piano courtesy of Freddy James & Tim Cockerill.
 
The 28 Aug 2003 meeting of the BWPS started very quiet but picked up later on. Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse was much in evidence.
 
The BWPS meeting in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull, UK on the 21 Aug 2003 was a total blast with Blues, Boogie-woogie & barrelhouse grooves from Freddy James & Tim Cockerill.
 
The 14 Aug 2003 meeting of the BWPS in Ye Olde Black Boy was well attended & much ale was quaffed as Freddy James alternated in the second half with Tim Cockerill at the piano.
 
On the 7 Aug 2003 Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull, was served a full portion of Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse by Freddy James.
 
The evening of 31 Jul 2003 started pretty quiet but Ye Olde Black Boy soon filled up as Freddy James rolled the whole 88.
 
The 24 Jul 2003 meeting of the BWPS was downright honkin' as Freddy James massaged the newly tuned piano & all present quaffed much ale.
 
Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull was the place to be on Thu 17 Jul 2003 as Freddy James played Blues, Barrelhouse & Boogie-woogie until the bell tolled for "time".
 
The 10 Jul 2003 was a rather quiet evening, just a few Black Boy regulars & Boogie-woogie freaks. Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman alternated at the ivories.
 
On the 3 Jul 2003 Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull, UK, was awash with Blues, Boogie-woogie & Barrelhouse piano.
 
The BWPS meeting on 26 Jun 2003 was again well attended . . . Freddy James played some lonesome Blues & plenty of pounding Boogie.
 
Ye Olde Black Boy was well attended & much fine ale was quaffed as Freddy James rolled out the Boogie-woogie on 19 Jun 2003.
 
On the 12 Jun 2003 the fine selection of ales in Ye Olde Black Boy was much quaffed as Freddy James, Jeff Palfreyman & Andy Potter took turns at the ivories. "Barrelhouse" Annie loosed off a few choice classics adding her own special imprint on another BWPS gathering.
 
The BWPS meeting on the 5 Jun 2003 was well attended as Freddy James rolled 'em & then rolled 'em some more.
 
The 29 May 2003 was a red-letter day for the BWPS, as founder-member Freddy James welcomed a new player to the fold . . . septuagenarian, lifelong Boogie-woogie player & enthusiast Pete Fryer made his debut appearance at Ye Olde Black Boy. The evening was further enriched by a visit from pianoman Jeff Palfreyman & "Barrelhouse" Annie who delivered powerful Bessie-esque vocals interwoven by Keith Miller's harmonica.
 
On the 22 May 2003 Ye Olde Black Boy enjoyed an evening of Boogie-woogie & rollin' barrelhouse piano by Freddy James.
 
The 15 May 2003 was a lively evening in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull, as Freddy James boogied & barrelhoused all evening.
 
The BWPS meeting in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull on 8 May 2003 was well attended whilst Freddy James rolled 'em until the bell tolled.
 
On 1 May 2003 Ye Olde Black Boy boogied courtesy of Freddy James who issued forth with a programme of Blues, Boogie-woogie & barrelhouse in traditional style.
 
Ye Olde Black Boy on 24 Apr 2003 was well attended as Freddy James alternated with Jeff Palfreyman in rolling out the Boogie & then some woogie. BWPS player-member Andy Potter made a return visit & played a spirited interlude.
 
The BWPS gathering on the 17 Apr 2003 marks the first anniversary of regular Thursday evening meetings in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull, UK . . . here's to the next year of Boogie-woogie Preservation Society meetings.
 
The newly-tuned piano in Ye Olde Black Boy positively rang on the 10 Apr 2003 as Freddy boogied right up to the bell.
 
The 3 Apr 2003 session of The Boogie-woogie Preservation Society in Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull, was well attended with several new faces present. Freddy James rolled & rolled & then rolled some more.
 
On the 27 Mar 2003 the patrons of Ye Olde Black Boy were treated to more Boogie-woogie than you can shake a stick at. Freddy James tickled 'em all evening.
 
Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull on 20 Mar 2003 welcomed a new player to the BWPS ranks . . . well-known Hull piano ace Al Kilvington pounded out several choice studies to an appreciative room, he is now listed on the BWPS PLAYERS page.
 
The 13 Mar 2003 gathering of the BWPS quaffed much fine ale as Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman rolled out wall-to-wall Boogie-woogie.
 
On 6 Mar 2003 Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull was well attended as Freddy James rolled out Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse piano.
 
The 27 Feb 2003 meeting of the BWPS positively swung as Freddy James pounded 'em without mercy.
 
Ye Olde Black Boy, High St, Hull rung to the sound of the newly-tuned piano on 20 Feb 2003 as Freddy rolled 'em all night long.
 
The 13 Feb 2003 had Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman providing non-stop Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse piano to a well-filled room.
 
On Thu 6 Feb 2003 Ye Olde Black Boy was well attended as Freddy James rolled 'em all evening.
 
On the 30 Jan 2003 Freddy James was back in the chair & rolled 'em all evening.
 
Freddy had to decline from playing on 23 Jan 2003 due to illness but BWPS player member "Porkpie" Pete Mckay made an unexpected journey to Ye Olde Black Boy to play.
 
Boogie-woogie Preservation Society members will be able to get a special entry price (inc hotel accom) at The Boogie-woogie Festival in Ticino, Switzerland on the 25-26 Apr 2003 . . . contact for info & bookings : www.boogiegroove.ch/festival 
 
The 16 Jan 2003 started as a very quiet & sparsely attended evening but picked up in the second half whereupon Freddy knocked 'em out.
 
On the 9 Jan 2003 the regular crowd plus a few new faces enjoyed rollin' Boogie-woogie, Blues & barrelhouse as purveyed by Freddy James.
 
Happy New Year to all Boogie-woogie fans . . . Ye Olde Black Boy, Hull was well attended on Thu 2 Jan 2003 the piano keys were massaged by Freddy James, Jeff Palfreyman & Tim Cockerill making his first appearance at a BWPS gathering. "Barrelhouse" Annie let fly with a couple of well-aimed songs over Jeff's sensitive piano as Blues, Boogie-woogie & barrelhouse entered a second year of regular Thu evenings in Hull.
 
There will be no meeting of the BWPS on Thu 26 Dec 2002 . . . have a happy & peaceful festive season, see you in Ye Olde Black Boy, Hull on the first Thu of 2003.
 
It was quite crowded in Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull on 19 Dec 2002 Freddy rolled 'em 8 to the bar.
 
The 12 Dec 2002 was a good session of Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse piano served up by Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman.
 
Ye Olde Black Boy was the place to be on 5 Dec 2002. The weather outside was cold & damp but inside the Boogie-woogie was HOT. Freddy James & "Porkpie" Pete McKay pounded 'em down.
 
Freddy had to decline from playing on 28 Nov 2002 due to illness. Sorry.
 
On 21 Nov 2002 everyone in Ye Olde Black Boy was pleasantly surprised when 12 year-old Sam Caprani breezed in (accompanied by his parents) & promptly brought the house down. He had time to play two pieces duet with Freddy James & one piece solo before he was whisked off home.
 
The 14 Nov 2002 was windy, cold & wet in Hull but Ye Olde Black Boy was cosy & warm with a good crowd enjoying the Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse as rolled out by Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman.
 
On 7 Nov 2002 Ye Olde Black Boy was well attended for the regular Thursday evening of Boogie-woogie piano. Freddy James rolled 'em all evening.
 
The 31 Oct 2002 is Halloween, rubber bats & synthetic cobwebs adorned the bar in Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull. No cobwebs on the piano as non-stop Barrelhouse, Blues & Boogie-woogie was rolled out by Freddy James & Andy Potter with an entertaining spot by "Spank The Chipperfield Monkey".
 
Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull was really jumpin' on 24 Oct 2002, the piano was in good working order . . . so were Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman. Boogie is the game & Boogie is us.
 
The 17 Oct 2002 was a much livelier evening in Ye Olde Black Boy. The piano, having had more attention to retune some new strings & correct some sticky action, was sounding good. Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman kept the ivories moving all evening with a brief interlude from BWPS first-timer "Porkpie" Pete McKay.
 
On the 10 Oct 2002 it was pretty empty in Ye Olde Black Boy, the newly strung & tuned piano was in fine voice whilst Freddy James rumbled & rolled out traditional Blues, Boogie-woogie & barrelhouse grooves.
 
Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman were both in fine form on 3 Oct 2002 but unfortunately the old piano was not, two sticky keys & several broken strings meant that neither player was able to use the full keyboard. Nevertheless, both players made the best of it & the clientele in Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull were entertained by a good selection of Blues, Boogie-woogie & barrelhouse styles.
 
On the 26 Sep 2002 a good crowd graced Ye Olde Black Boy & much fine ale was imbibed. Our hosts Richard & Janette were away on a well earned break whilst Pete, their solitary stand-in coped admirably with the demand. Freddy James rolled 'em all evening.
 
The regular Thursday evening BWPS sessions in Ye Olde Black Boy are beginning to attract good attendances with familiar faces coming back for repeat helpings of traditional Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse piano. The 19 Sep 2002 session featured Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman, both in fine form.
 
On the 12 Sep 2002 a good crowd in Ye Olde Black Boy was served a goodly helping of traditional Boogie-woogie, Blues & barrelhouse piano. BWPS regulars Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman were joined by Andy Potter making his second appearance & by Bruce H Cutts braving the muddy river crossing on his first visit since Jun. The evening was further enhanced by an all-too-brief offering from Matt & Andy Hampel who trot out as a rock&roll duo by the name of "Spank The Chipperfield Monkey".
 
The 5 Sep 2002 was a wild barrelhouse evening in Ye Olde Black Boy with no less than 6 piano players taking turns on the newly tuned ivories. BWPS stalwarts Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman were aided & abetted by Simon Thompson, Andy Potter & a duo going by the names of Matt & Andy (second names illegible, hopefully they will return to play again & sign in more clearly). The session was further enhanced by the vocal talents of "Annie's Blues" & the sinking of much fine ale.
 
The BWPS has picked up a press quote. . . 
"Ye Olde Black Boy. . . the place to be on a Thursday evening". . . . Pub Mirror, the magazine of CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) summer 2002 edition.

The 29 Aug 2002 was quite well attended & much ale was imbibed at Ye Olde Black Boy. Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman pounded the ivories in the name of Boogie-woogie & Barrelhouse piano.

A new face has joined our list of players, Andy Richardson aged 18, came nervously to the piano & was barrelhousing with a beaming grin by his second number. The evening of the 22 Aug 2002 was further enriched by the vocal talents of "Annie's Blues" making a popular return to Ye Olde Black Boy on BWPS night.

On Thu 15 Aug 2002 Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull was treated to a non-stop serving of Boogie-woogie, Blues & Barrelhouse piano by the indefatigable Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman. The whole evening was washed down by some fine traditional ales & a high time was had by all.

Ye Olde Black Boy was graced by a special guest performance of "Annie's Blues" on Thu 8 Aug 2002, this mama sure can barrelhouse. Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman have got their changeover in mid-boogie down to a fine art, one moves in on the left whilst the other moves out to the right & all without missing a single beat, WOW ! Still looking for a regular Thu night percussionist.

Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman kept the ivories (yes & the ebonies) moving all evening long on Thu 1 Aug 2002 at Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull. The vacancy for a percussionist with a Thursday night thirst is still open.

Thu 25 Jul 2002 had Ye Olde Black Boy positively supercharged with Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman providing non-stop wall-to-wall Boogie-woogie. "Barrelhouse Annie" Palfreyman offered up several lowdown Blues numbers to a crowded & appreciative room.

On Thu 18 Jul 2002 Ye Olde Black Boy was well attended for the weekly Boogie-woogie session. Freddy James rolled 'em all night long.

Our hosts at Ye Olde Black Boy, Richard & Janette Gant, received the "Summer 2002 Pub Mirror Award" from CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale). The award was presented by branch chairman Alan Canvess on 13 Jul 2002.

11 Jul 2002 was an extremely lively evening of Boogie-woogie at Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull. Players present were Freddy James, Jeff Palfreyman & a first-time visit from stride specialist & well-known Hull pianist Alan Harman. The three players kept the keys busy in contrasting styles all evening to the delight of the appreciative clientele.

Thursday the 4 Jul 2002 is independence day for the USA & Boogie-woogie night at Ye Olde Black Boy. The evening was well attended whilst Freddy's lonesome Blues & thumpin' Boogie-woogie grooved the whole night long. "Leroy For Tax Purposes", whose washboard percussion has propelled the piano antics every week since early May, has landed a Thu night residency elsewhere in Hull & will not be able to percuss for us any more. The percussion job is therefore open & would suit someone with a snare, hi-hat, brushes & nothing better to do on Thursday evenings.

27 Jun 2002 again saw a good crowd enjoying the Boogie-woogie & barrelhouse piano grooves which this week were laid down by Freddy James & Jeff Palfreyman ensuring that the piano stayed hot all evening. Leroy's washboard syncopations rattled forth & once again Ye Olde Black Boy was jumpin' on a Thursday night.

Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull, UK remained blissfully free of world cup football on  20 Jun 2002 with a good crowd of Boogie-woogie fans in attendance. Freddy James played the whole evening with Brian "Leroy For Tax Purposes" Williams on washboard percussion.

19 Jun 2002 heralds the opening of The Boogie-woogie World Map, all Boogie-woogie fans will want to make their mark & leave a message. Click on the world map icon at the top of any page in this site.

Thu 13 Jun 2002 saw a welcome return of Bruce H Cutts the septuagenarian keyboard wizard who has been a Boogie-woogie fan, collector & player for almost 60 years. Bruce confided that Albert Ammons is his all-time favourite, "Yeah, real touch of the Blues about Albert" he says. Jeff Palfreyman played up a storm, Freddy thundered, Leroy's washboard clattered & the whole feast was washed down with fine ales served up by Richard & Janette, our hosts at Ye Olde Black Boy.

7 Jun 2002 The BWPS has a full feature in the new edition (issue 8) of Blues Freepress, "The World's Favourite Online-only Blues Magazine". Look for the BWPS article in the magazine's REPORTS section at : www.bluesfreepress.org.uk

6 Jun 2002 & the clientele at Ye Olde Black Boy enjoyed a full evening's program of Boogie-woogie, Blues & barrelhouse roll courtesy of the inimitable Freddy James.

At the BWPS meeting of the 30 May 2002 our hosts at Ye Olde Black Boy declared the Boogie-woogie sessions on Thu evenings to be a world cup football free zone so come & seek some jumpin' jive & a drop of excellent ale every Thu from 9pm. Freddy James & Brian "Leroy For Tax Purposes" Williams on washboard percussion with Freddy just getting Bluesier & the house piano sounding honkier.

The BWPS meeting of 23 May 2002 was well attended, the proceedings taking a lovely turn when "Barrelhouse Annie" loosed off some Blues numbers over Jeff Palfreyman's sensitive piano. Freddy James boogied & Brian "Leroy For Tax Purposes" Williams provided washboard percussion. Once again, Ye Olde Black Boy was jumpin' on a Thu night.

Ye Olde Black Boy in Hull, UK really SWUNG at the BWPS meeting on the 16 May 2002. There being no other piano players present it was down to Freddy James, ably assisted by Brian "Leroy for tax purposes" Williams on washboard percussion. To use a stock Boogie & Barrelhouse phrase: "The joint was JUMPIN".

The BWPS meeting on the 9 May 2002  was a real blast, players present were Freddy James, Jeff Palfreyman, Pete Stitt & Bruce H Cutts, Bruce is 73 years old, has fine technique & drove 50 miles each way to come to this meeting. Washboard & assorted percussion was by Brian "Leroy for tax purposes" Williams & vocals by Eddie Twang who was a little sad that he was not allowed to play the guitar he brought along. Ye Olde Black Boy was quite crowded & a good "barrelhouse" atmosphere was raised. 

The second meeting on the 2 May 2002 was rather poorly attended (probably something vastly more interesting on television) but the music was as hot as ever & those that did attend were treated to the playing of Freddy James & John Holtby.

The inaugural meeting of the Boogie-woogie Preservation Society was held on the evening of 25 Apr 2002 & was hosted by Jeanette & Richard at "Ye Olde Black Boy", a cosy 14th Century pub serving fine cask ales in the heart of the old town quarter of Hull. The event was well attended with many of the city's Blues fraternity & some new faces enjoying the feast of Boogie-woogie, Blues & traditional barrelhouse piano music on offer. The evening's musical entertainment was launched by BWPS founder Freddy James who displayed his powerful left hand technique & instinctive sense of groove. The ivories were next taken over by BWPS Player-member Jeff Palfreyman, who Freddy refers to as "a real piano player", Jeff proceeded to show his virtuosity & flair which contrasted well with Freddy's more "stripped down" style. The evening thundered on with the two main protagonists hardly allowing the ancient but incredibly "lively" piano a single moment of rest whilst the ale flowed down many a "red lane" & a great time was much in evidence. A closer parallel to any 1930's barrelhouse ambiance would not be possible, if you like Boogie-woogie, Blues & barrelhouse styles of music served up in authentic "unplugged" fashion then slither along to a BWPS meeting any Thu evening at "Ye Olde Black Boy" in Hull, UK. (click to hear sample recording of this meeting) 

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