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ROCK AND BLUES FESTIVAL
Butlins, Skegness, 29-31 January 2010
Day 3: Sunday
31 January 2010
enjoying a long Sunday morning lie in, the first act of the day I got
out of bed for was Gwyn Ashton. This was his second
performance this weekend, once again in the Jaks Bar. Gwyn Ashton
performed an enjoyful acoustic set which was perfect for those hangover
some action going on at the main Centre Stage, but many fellows and
myself included decided to nip into one of the bars and watch the days
big match of Manchester United out gunning the Arsenal, followed by a
full on Sunday roast dinner. The only thing missing afterwards was
my pipe and slippers.
evening over at the Centre Stage there were some quality acts including
Roadhouse, Stan Webb's Chicken Shack, Nine Below Zero and rising young
blues star Oli Brown, but as I've seen those artists before my attention
was focused on the Reds stage ,where I would remain for the rest of the
evening to watch a great diversity of rock acts.
heard the music of Deborah Bonham before and just presumed she
was an act living in the shadow of her brother John. How wrong was
I? Deborah Bonham produced one the best performances of the weekend.
Here was an act that really should be playing the big stages.
Bonham has a
very strong powerful voice, backed by a great band who took her songs to
another level. Playing songs from her last two albums 'Old Hyde'
and 2008's 'Duchess' my interest didn't wane throughout, but it was on a
new song 'I Need Love' that Deborah Bonham sang her heart out, putting
all her emotion into this great heavy building ballad, and leaving this
boy almost weeping.
Hyde', the previous days sensation Chantel McGregor made an appearance
to add some touches to the guitar solo at the end ending with an embrace
from Bonham, which was a nice touch.
encore I noticed the guitarist strapping on a Gibson and I thought,
hello what's coming next? With tssh, tssh, tssh der, der, tssh on
the drums the band stormed into Led Zep's 'Rock 'N Roll', ending what
was an excellent set.
Turner's Wishbone Ash are maybe confusing some people around the
country as there is a Wishbone Ash fronted by Andy Powell, but fans of
the Ash are lapping up both bands.
bass player Turner and his band have been performing the number one LP
'Argus' but I was glad to see this time the set was a return to a
classic Ash set.
The Beacon' was a welcome addition, one of a few numbers from the
underrated 'Wishbone Four' LP, as was 'Rock 'N Roll Widow' which
featured shared vocal harmonies from guitarist Danny Wilson. The
twin lead guitar sound was fulfilled by Ray Hatfield who does an
rises from the ashes in style and we still get four tracks from the
classic 'Argus' LP. Martin Turner seemed to be enjoying himself
pulling some great facial expressions during the encores of 'Living
Proof' and the ballsy 'Jail Bait'.
A great set
which I could've easily listened to another hour of...
perform after a classic act like that, I felt that the Tygers Of Pan
Tang had their work cut out, but they soon got their claws stuck in.
With the opening lines of ''1-2-3-4 Euthanasia OK'' from singer Jacopo
Meille, the Tygers were out to destroy.
guitarist Robb Weir remains from the original line up, but the current
band does the Tygers metal legend no shame. Jacopo Meille has a
loud and clear voice tackling the Tygers back catalogue with aplomb.
Guitarist Dean Robertson clearly enjoying every moment of being up
For The Day' from the new release 'Animal Instinct' was performed and I
wished they had played a couple more, but 'Slave To Freedom' from the
debut got my head banging for the first time today. This was a
heavy set and the Tygers scratched a few faces tonight.
time gone way past midnight Nazareth were the perfect band to finish off
this great weekend. Having seen the band a couple of times before
in small London clubs, I couldn't help feeling that a far bigger stage
with great lighting is where the band belong.
professional set that was packed with hits. The gravel voice of
Dan McCafferty rings through your ears immediately on the first number
'Telegram'. After that I couldn't help myself from jiving to a set
that would've given the Rolling Stones a run for their money.
seventies hits such as 'This Flight Tonight', Bad Bad Boy' and 'Broken
Down Angel' drew gasps from some of the crowd who had forgotten that
these were Nazareth hits.
'Hair Of The
Dog' sounds a lot heavier and gritty than the Guns 'N Roses cover and
'Love Hurts' had me in an embraced dance with a complete stranger.
By now it
was gone two in the morning and we met up with a wobbly lone Stray Del
Bromham who was staying in our chalet for the night and who kept us up
until five with many rock 'n roll tales. The man should write a
book. With the JD bottle empty it was time for a few hours sleep.
accommodation, great food, great people, great music, what more can I
say about this weekend?
and Noel made the FM launch party on February 7 so no permanent damage
has been done.
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