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GUEST,Hootenanny Blues on TV (28) RE: Blues on TV 27 Oct 18

In my opinion the programme could have been more interesting if Val had been teamed up with another knowledgeable blues afficianado who had been around the blues scene a little longer than Cerys Matthews. I am sure that Val has many interesting stories that could have been brought out if teamed up with the right person.

The Ali Farka Toure clip was completely unnecessary, he was not a blues musician and I am sure that Val was correct in saying that Toure had listened to John Lee Hooker.

As for T-Bone, he may not seem to be innovative in 2018 but he certainly was when he first came along, That clip by the way I think was the one filmed in the East End of London backed by British modern jazz musicians. Not the ideal setting it's true but how much is there available of T-Bone on film? Likewise with Victoria Spivey. Apart from a clip from one of the AFBF European tours (which would have been better), what else is available.

I would also liked to have seen more of Val's photographs. I would suggest a programme focussing on Val and her photography interspersed with music from the artists.

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