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Henry Butler 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!