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THE BLUES ASSEMBLY
The Assembly, Leamington 21 November 2009
doubt one of the best value gigs I have ever been to, 7 blues/rock acts
and around 8 hours of great music.
Joanne Shaw Taylor getting things off to a rocking start with tracks
from her fantastic debut album White Sugar, so glad to see her in town
again after her superb performance opening for Johnny Winter earlier this
She played a
strong selection from the debut album including a rocking 'Time has Come'
and if the rest of the show was to be half as good as the opening act we
were in for a great night.
followed by the slide guitar brilliance of Gwyn Ashton, a two piece
with Gwyn on guitar, vocals and harmonica and Kev Hickman on drums, but
what a powerhouse sound they produce.
included tracks from latest album Two-Man Blues Army including 'Melt Down
at the Hoo', 'All Over Now' and 'Mad Dog'.
fabulous traditional blues Texas style from Buddy Whittington and
his band, Buddy performed with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers for 15
years and is a real master of blues guitar.
short break next up was one of the young stars of the British blues scene
Oli Brown with a powerful display of material from the 2008 album
'Open Road', including the stunning title track and 'Stone Cold'
(Roxanne). Oli also teased the crowd with a couple of new tracks 'I Can
Make Your Day' and 'On Top of the World'.
Siegal next on stage a real classy performer playing what I would call
cowboy blues, which mixed with his wit and rapport with the crowd made for
a superb set. Broadside, the latest Ian Siegal album has received rave
reviews in the music press including being voted Mojo magazines blues
album of the year and from the tracks played tonight it's easy to see why.
explosive blues rock next from Aynsley Lister performing tracks
from latest release Equilibrium, earlier albums and a rocking cover of
Deep Purple's 'Hush'.
The Yardbirds, of course a different line up these days, closed the
day in style with a set full of classics inc. 'Train Kept a Rolling', 'For
Your Love', 'Heartful of Soul', and 'Shapes of Things'.
which consisted of original members Chris Dreja on rhythm guitar and Jim
McCarty on drums, excellent new vocalist Andy Mitchell, with Ben King on
lead guitar and David Smale on bass all played their part in a terrific
high tempo set.
Fantastic music and great value for money.
photos by Andrew Lock
Album review (Joanne Shaw Taylor)
Album review (Gwyn Ashton)
Album review (Oli Brown)
Album review (Aynsley Lister)
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