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ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL
Skegness, 28-30 January 2011
Saturday 29 January 2011
feeling like death warmed up it was great to get a full English
breakfast inside me before retiring back to the sofa in our chalet and
channel hop with the satelite TV and settling on watching a repeat of
cops and robber's programme made when the bad guys got nicked and the
police nicked ya with no questions asked. Watching Dennis Waterman in
action, I felt that's who Buckers must of modelled himself on when the
programme was first shown, but that programme was made a very long time
Ashton Two Man Blues Army are out to push the boundaries. I've heard
of power trio's before, but a power duo! Gwyn Ashton on guitar and
'Killer' Kev Hickman on the drums make a unique sound almost harking to
the days of garage rock with an indie sound if Hendrix was born in the
interesting combination that needs to be admired but you don't quite get
that killer punch you're looking for without an entire band but one that
lets the two guys roam free. All the power to them.
Haley & The Comets were still around they'll most probably sound like
Paul Lamb & The Kingsnakes who were rocking around the
mid-afternoon clock. Bringing some razzle dazzle with their feel good
loose fitting harmonica swinging blues rock got those jiving down the
front. Playing some great tracks from their new album 'Mind
Games'. It was another name jotted down in my little black book
marked 'Must see again.'
to the Jaks Bar for an afternoon jam session I was lucky to see
Maggie Ross whose mix of soulful blues went down well with the
sensible break in the afternoon allowing everyone to get stocked up in
the restaurants, it also allowed us an excuse to catch some of the FA
Cup action watching the Saints get unlucky against the Red Devils.
who want a taste of Rory Gallagher then Taste was the band to
check out. These days featuring drummer John Wilson who played in Rory's
band between 1968-70. Wilson was centre stage and gave an erratic
powerful punch. Highlights were the stomping new take on 'Morning Sun'.
another drummer that was getting me excited at the propect of seeing for
the very first time. A man who started in a band who made their debut at
Butlins in Minehead back in the early sixties. The hair was shorter but
the trade mark moustache was still there.
Coghlan's Quo kept the boogie die hard's happy. It's been over 25
years since John Coghlan occupied the drumstool in Status Quo and it was
great seeing back in action. Enlisting the help of Reading boogie
rockers Predatur, singer Baz even has a voice similar to Rossi.
hits you'll expect to hear were there ,but there were also some
surprises namely in '(April) Spring, Summer....'and 'All The Reasons' ,
a song that Quo never performed live kept the purists happy. Coughlan
later came to the mic and said ''I'm still doing it at 64, what else do
you do?'' wise words indeed.
When I see
the current Quo there's something always missing namely Lancaster and
Coghlan, and it's the same with watching Coghlan's Quo, c'mon guys ,
stop being daft and why don't you do it together again and again? 'Coz I
la-la-la liked it.
could be forgiven for thinking that Sandi Thom is just a one hit
wonder who got herself on the box with 'I Wish I Was A Punk Rocker (With
Flowers In My Hair)', but you can forget all that. There is a whole lot
more to our Miss Thom.
meeting a certain Mr Bonamassa, Sandi Thom plays some mean blues and
when she had her acoustic strapped around her she was playing music that
could've came straight out of Nashville.
off her true credentials with a sublime 'House Of The Risng Sun'. She
may have wanted to be a punk rocker but Sandi Thom is a blues purest at
heart. Keep smiling girl.
band for ya! The Monsters Of British Rock are a band that feature
former Whitesnake journeymen guitarist Micky Moody and bassist Neil
Murray. With a stellar cast in support, and with Harry H James supplying
thunderous drumming, former Wishbone Ash guitarist Laurie Wisefield and
the superb vocals of Chris Ousey.
Whitesnake commandos who hark for the early days this is the nearest
you're ever gonna get. 'Ready An' Willing' featured a funky work out on
the keys from Michael Bramwell which included a perfect duel between the
slide of Moody and the perfection of Wisefield.
Chris Ousey doesn't even break into a sweat handling the vocals of these
early Whitesnake classics with ease but can also do Thunder's 'On My
Radio' with aplomb. No mean feat when you consider what a great singer
Danny Bowes was too.
British Rock are a class act who had me begging for more, I could've
watched them all night.
Herby Goins & The Norman Beaker Band have played with some
of the biggest names in blues including Alexis Corner, Chuck Berry and
Chris Farlowe amongst countless others. Together they played some of the
coolest music you'll expect to hear on a late night cab ride around old
town New York. The applause for this great band was as big as
Herby's grin. Excellent stuff.
action all over on the main stages many crammed into the Jaks Bar to see
Larry Miller rock the joint. If you were lucky to squeeze
yourself in, you were even more lucky if you managed to find a way to
the bar. Miller is making a big name for himself and should have been on
the main stage.
like Malcolm Young of AC/DC and runs around the stage like Angus and
plays the hell out his six string just like Rory Gallagher.
This was a
high energetic performance from Miller who ensured that everyone stayed
exactly put in the bar until gone half two in the morning. This is
a man who really does have some unfinished business and business is
hours of rocking boozing and bluesing it was time for just another
Photos by Noel
Larry Miller Feature and
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