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Added 6th November 2014 by guitardunc


Special 20, Bamford Blues Band

The Bamford Blues Band were one of the first acts to play the newly re-opened Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1984. Left to right; Paul Bamford, Ian "Joe" Slater, Cliff Milner, Lynne Bamford, Duncan "Jim" Moore. Lynne always referred to Paul onstage as "the upside-down guitarist" as he plays a right-handed guitar in a left-handed manner without re-stringing or re-tuning. Here he is seen playing a left-handed Telecaster, but note that his back-up guitar is a regular right-handed Stratocaster. The great blues guitarist Albert King also played this way, but sadly that's where any comparison must end (sorry Paul... only joking ;-)).

Latest Discussion

“This is Special 20, not the BBB-I've got a pic somewhere of us at the Cavern too- I'll try to find it.”
10 Nov 2014
“You're right, it is Special 20. The MEN press article dated April '86 says "about a year ago the Bamfords (...) formed their own band" so I'm guessing Special 20 lasted up to around mid '85.”
11 Nov 2014
“I remember this fantastic band - where are they performing now?”
07 May 2023
“Snowgeese... it was forty years ago. We're all dead now.”
07 May 2023
“Hahaha the blues never dies - and the performers were too good to die and should be on a mission from God to resurrect the Band if it’s resting ?hahahaha”
07 May 2023
“The question marks should be laughing faces”
07 May 2023
“Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the Bamford Blues Band HAS been approved.”
07 May 2023
“Are we resting?”
08 May 2023
“Hahaha find them and make them play ! Hahaha”
08 May 2023
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