Ten Bells Rag Band: Songs From The Limehouse Delta

James Conway, who plays trumpet and cornet for the Ten Bells Rag Band, was kind enough to inform me that Limehouse is "an old dockland area of East London, where a number of rivers and canals enter the Thames. There is no delta!" I've also discovered that Limehouse has become a hub of the traditional jazz scene in London. It was home until recently of Jamboree, an intimate Vaudevillian bar and the backdrop to many Youtube videos of British traditional jazz bands. Jamboree was located on Cable Street, the inspiration for the name of one band, and the name of a song by another. Ten Bells was a bar in Spitalfields where some of Jack the Rippers victims supped their last sup.  The band members "hail from London's East End (Mile End and Whitechapel) which, like New Orleans, was a melting pot of different cultures at the start of the 20th century." If you were a London cabbie you'd know this stuff. They have a more creative backstory for fans involving Shakelton's lost expedition to the Antarctic. They take joy in their band and that joy makes for natural self-promotion on social media. You want to root for these guys. Meanwhile, they've been developing their own sound and expanding into a street collective, like many of the best scenes support. Others sit in on guitar, piano, drums, or other instruments but the core group consists of James Conway, Simon Conway on trombone, C
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