What is Hokum?

Hokum is "blues with a smile on its face"

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Jim Murray

Sharing the stage with such greats as Johnny Shines, Larry Johnson, Long John Baldry, Jo Ann Kelly, Eric Bibb

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Pete Mason

Sharing the stage with such greats as Mississippi Fred McDowell, Johnny Shines, Diz Disley

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HOKUM HOTSHOTS IN SUMMARY

The Hokum Hotshots are an acoustic duo based in the North East of England.

They play a wide variety of 30’s, 40’s and 50’s country blues, west coast swing, jazz and vaudeville – and they play it very well indeed. They have been in the business over thirty years now as a duo, and also as solo artists.

The Hokums are almost house-trained and would make agreat addition to any blues club or festival.

HOKUM HOTSHOTS IN DEPTH

Jim Murray - Hokum Hotshots

Jim Murray

Peter Mason - Hokum Hotshots

Peter Mason

The Hokum Hotshots met in short pants (they’ve always been excitable) in the late ‘60s at the legendary South Tyne Folk and Blues club, and have been playing together, on and off, ever since. Pigmeat, Mr. Charlie, and The Shinola Boys are names that have adorned their guitar cases in the years since that memorable meeting, but Jim Murray and Pete Mason are happy to be – The Hokum Hotshots...

Hokum is ‘blues with a smile on its face’ and the Hotshots do it very well...

Instruments played include vocals (2), Steel National and Dobro Horizontal Guitars, Mandolin, Tiple (a 10 stringed South American instrument), ukulele, and acoustic 6 stringed guitars.

That makes a total of over 50 available strings, of which most are hit in the right order.

Ralph Bown, York luthier extraordinaire, has been responsible for either building or repairing (and in some cases, both) these fine instruments. The musical influences range from field hollers, through ragtime, vaudeville, country blues, jazz and swing, through to the urban blues of the 1940s. Add to this compositions sympathetic to the tradition and a large dash of humour and you get close to defining the music that is The Hokum Hotshots.

Over the years the Hokums have shared the stage with such greats as Mississippi Fred McDowell, Johnny Shines, Diz Disley, Martin Carthy, Larry Johnson, Long John Baldry, Jo Ann Kelly, Eric Bibb, Aurora Block, Kieran Halpin, Martin Simpson and many more. They have played Dublin, Cork, Banbury, Burnley, Aberdeen and Wrexham Blues Festivals, Trowbridge, Wath, Penicuik, Crawley and Gatehouse of Fleet Folk Festivals, from the Highland Festival in Inverness to a forestry festival in Holland, Paul Jones Blues programme on BBC Radio 2 and various other radio and television spots, in addition to many appearances at clubs, pubs and arts centres throughout the UK, Ireland and the Continent...

We Play:

Jim and Pete play a wide variety of instruments, you will regularly see an assortment of the following gracing the stage.

Our Guitars

Made by expert Luthier Ralph Bown, faithful replicas of:

  • Gibson L00
  • Gibson L1
  • Martin 00028HK
  • Martin Tiple
  • Stella 12 string

Vintage instruments:

  • Gibson Cromwell
  • Gibson L3
  • Gibson A mandolin
  • Dayton B mandola
  • National Style 0
  • National Triolian
  • National Tricone style 2
  • National Tricone style 3
  • La Foley boxneck lapsteel
  • Dobro style 27 lapsteel

Not to mention a Beltona Tricone, National M2, plus the odd washboard or two maybe we will put some pictures up someday, or better still come to a gig and see them for yourselves! More inforamtion about The Martin Tiple.

HOKUM HOTSHOTS ON TOUR

Gig Dates. These will also be posted on Facebook, including invites, directions, start times, no excuse not to go then!

  • 26/03/2015 -  Butterfly Cabinet, Heaton Road, Newcastle
  • 24/04/2015 -  The Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe
  • 15/05/2015 -  Straw Hat Day
  • 17/05/2015 -  Tap and Spile, Hexham
  • 13/06/2015 -  The Schooner South Shore Road, Gateshead
  • 02/08/2015 -  Blues Day, Sedgefield

HOKUM HOTSHOTS ON CD

Guitar Swing

Guitar Swing by Hokum Hotshots

Track Listing

  • Larry (the Lardy Man)
  • Papa wants a Cookie
  • Another Year
  • Hawaiian Stormy Weather
  • Some Cold Rainy Day
  • Downtown Blues
  • Guitar Swing
  • Everyboby Oughta Make a Change
  • Coalman Blues
  • John The Revelator
  • You May Leave, but this'll Bring You Back
  • On the Far Side
  • Mojo Hand
  • (Hey Lawdy Mama,) France Blues
  • Wayayan Wonders

Old Hat

Old Hat by Hokum Hotshots

Track Listing

  • Broken Levee Blues
  • Railroad Blues
  • Oh Death
  • Dallas Rag
  • Red Hot Blues
  • When I Been Drinking
  • Second Hand Woman
  • Iron Horse
  • Trouble In Mind
  • WPA Blues
  • Travelling Shoes
  • You Just As Well Let Her Go
  • Preacher Blues
  • You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone
  • Morning Blues
  • How Come You Ain't Rich?
  • Winnie The Wailer
  • Palakiko Blues
  • Darktown Poker Club

Still In The Game

Still In The Game Hokum Hotshots

Track Listing

  • Southern Woopee Blues
  • New K.C. Railroad Blues
  • Indian Girl
  • What You're Sitting On
  • Travelling BLues
  • You Do Me Anyway
  • Unknown Blues
  • (You Don't Need) No Religion
  • Badmouth
  • Cat's Whisker (Dog's Bollox)
  • Canned Heat
  • New Maybe It's The Blues
  • Seminole Blues
  • Tear It Down

HOKUM HOTSHOTS ON VIDEO

Walking Blues

Travellin' Song

Don't You Lie To Me

Big Bill's Blues

Kind words from real people!

"Music that brightens the dullest day"

Bob Johnston (Tyne Tees Television weather man)

"Absolute magic"

Mike Neville (Tyne Tees Television presenter)

"‘One of the country’s best and most experienced guitar duos’"

Newcastle Evening Chronicle

"The interplay between the two is at times breathtaking"

Wolves Weekly (Aberdeen gig guide)

"(They are) both highly skilled acoustic multi-instumentalists."

Blues and Rhythm

"A good and varied set from probably the most accessible of the acoustic acts"

Blueprint

"Highly entertaining"

Riffs Magazine

"The Hokums were, as ever, wonderful"

Scots Blues News