Butterfly Kiss by Dave Anderson, including The Day I Found The Blues with special guest blues harmonica legend Fraser Spiers!
An Old Guy visits a “Seaside Museum” on his bus pass, where he finds a Punch & Judy stall. When no-one is looking, he peeks in, and finds himself in the year 1960. He’s 15 years old, and holidaying on the coast of the West of Scotland.
It’s a world of rock’n’roll, “teenagers”, burgeoning consumerism, rampant hormones, lazy daytimes gazing into rock pools, love of all things American, and A Girl.
Not The Girl he’s left behind and whom he’s afraid of losing to an Older Man (17 years-old). No. An altogether more exotic creature. The one who introduces him to the Butterfly Kiss.
Dwight Eisenhower is President of the United States. Elvis releases “It’s Now or Never”
A message in a bottle is washed up on the beach. People have jobs, making things. There’s only one TV channel, to which only some people have access.
The richness of the show is in the songs, some of which are magnificent
Enjoyable and entertaining seaside postcard snapshot of past times and young love
The show as a whole is extraordinarily moving and powerful; perhaps because it combines a timeless and absolutely heartfelt yearning for a lost moment of youth with a true sense of the political landscape in which this particular sixtysomething life has unfolded, and a deep sense of loss that goes beyond the individual to a whole society, and the ominous future of the earth itself
The Day I Found The Blues
It wasn’t the Cold War: at fifteen, he’d grown up with that, and it was just a fact of life…
It wasn’t the girl back home who’d chucked him: he’d found a holiday romance here on the West Coast in a sunny August, 1960…
It wasn’t the dismal “turns” at the local Miner’s Welfare: he was too young yet to be subjected to that…
It was a record – and then another record, and then another – it was the music…
“The day I found the Blues
The sun was in the sky
The Lord was in His Heaven
No tear was in my eye
No holes was in the soles of my shoes
The day I found the Blues…”
An all-singin’ all-dancin’ beezer gift of a show.
Glorious entertainment, it deserves many happy returns.
OranMor, The Venue, Top of Byres Rod, G12 8QX