at the 20th Burnley National Blues Festival 2008
Let me set the scene.
It's backstage at the Burnley National Blues Festival. The area is
liken to a rabbit warren..... corridors, steps up and down, left and
right turns, doors that open in different directions.... it all adds
character to the event.
O.K. ...... so here we go.
I'm in my dressing room (surprise, surprise) and a call goes out over
the intercom ..... 'Henry Butler to the stage area please'.
For those not familiar with Henry he's a blind pianist from New Orleans
and on this occasion he's appearing solo, so I decide it would be the
right thing to do to guide him to the stage.
Henry duly puts his left hand
on my right shoulder and we begin the journey. In a slightly
raised voice ... as is often the case when a sighted person speaks to
someone blind ..... I say "We go straight for a short while
Henry"....."Now take a left"..... In a typical N'Awlins drawl Henry
chips in ..... "Chris, you can go a bit faster y'know". So I
quicken the pace and with raised voice give the instructions ..... "Two
steps down here Henry" ..... "We're coming to a door now Henry" .....
When at this juncture Henry pointedly informs me.... "Chris, I may be
blind, but I sure ain't deaf!!".
What a Top Man!