Blues obsessions | Saint James Infirmary

VIking DJ Dan

Viking DJ Dan at Moose Blues 2015

If you’ve travelled to a European blues event in the last while, and if you spent any time at the bar, you’ll likely know Dan ‘Edgy’ Edgecombe. 

You will have no doubt admired his luxuriant moustache and most excellent tattoo collection (along with his admirable capacity for good whiskey and rum).

What you might not know is that his most recent tattoo is of a St James cross, in honour of his favourite song.

Me: Dan, can I ask you about your obsession with St James Infirmary. I’m curious to hear all about it!

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Blues Songs | Going Down Slow

LegendsIf you’ve been dancing blues for a little while, you’ll almost certainly have danced to some version of ‘Going Down Slow’.

One of the things DJs do to find new music is listen to covers. We love to surprise dancers by playing less familiar versions of well-known songs, especially ‘blues standards’.

I started my search for Going Down Slow on Spotify and YouTube a few months back. I found myself listening more closely to the lyrics and became curious to learn where the song came from and how it travelled and changed over time.

Listening to this one song through the decades allowed me to hear subtle changes of instrumentation and vocal emphasis. It’s a perfect example of how a ‘blues standard’ can be interpreted and arranged in different ways, depending on when, where and by whom it was recorded.

Here’s my playlist if you’d like to listen along.

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