another late night the night before, it was a quick scramble to make
breakfast in time. ITV were showing the FA Cup highlights at a sensible
time of 10am which meant it was sofa time again to see out the morning.
(Never have understood why BBC repeat Match Of The Day at an ungodly
hour of seven in the morning when most of us who missed it the night
before are nursing hangovers.)
slot was awarded to the Gary Fletcher Band who was taking time
out from playing the bass in the Blues Band and swapping for the
acoustic guitar. With his band they played some deep melancholy blues of
originals with every song a winner.
Hamsters are a band that tour up and down the country for many years
now and are willing to play every pub or club that will have them. The
band have built up a loyal following with their Hendrix inspired rock.
South of the River Thames were Nine Below Zero, a band that has
crossed over into attracting fans from other genres of music. The
band has a solid formula that still works and I'm sure they attracted
many new fans today with their performance of harmonic blues.
masses rushed off for their Sunday roasts, it was left to Rock and Blues
Fest favourites Roadhouse to entertain, who added a bit of glamour with
a trio of female vocalists.
the evening's entertainment were Juicy Lucy, although now without
Ray Owen who retired due to ill health the band continue as a power trio
led by guitarist/vocalist Mr Fish.
made a big noise with their psychedelic acid filled rock. 'Mississippi
Woman' and the hit single 'Who Do You Love' were crowd favourites. A
band still worthy of watching.
Now this was
something special, the Ric Lee Blues Project added a touch of
class to the preceedings. Having a breather from his duties in Ten Years
After, drummer Ric Lee assembled a stellar cast including Mick Clarke on
guitar and the wizardry of Bob Hall on keyboards.
better well known songs Lee opted to play some of his favourite numbers
from the Ten Years After catalogue including a swinging 'I Want To Know'
and ''Don't Want You Woman' as well as a few originals from his fellow
band mates. Lee also performed 'The Hobbit' which displays his vericous
drumming abilites. It seemed like Woodstock was only yesterday. With a
band this good, they could've played anything.
having no original members (Although the core of this band have been
together for over twenty years.) Dr Feelgood do exactly what it
says on the tin. British Rhythm and blues at it's best playing some
Chess classics and of course 'Milk & Alcohol' goes down a storm.
Heep have been called many things over the years but I did guffaw to
myself when the lady announcer introduced ''Ladies and gentlemen, will
you please welcome the gorgeous Uriah Heep'' but I have to say the Heep
were simply stunning.
Playing a 90
minute set Uriah Heep had the audience in the palm of their hands.
They could've easily opted to play safe with a greatest hits set at a
festival like this, but the band still put in five numbers from their
last album 'Wake The Sleeper'. The band played with perfection.
As the set
progressed the band were obviously feeling the vibe. Mick Box was
wah-wahing all the way during 'Look At Yourself' and Trevor Bolder was
going into a world of his own playing playing the bass solidly like it
was a lead guitar during 'July Morning' and 'Lady In Black'.
Everyone played their part.
the Heep many times but I think this has to be to best i've ever seen
them. With a new album on the horizon 2011 is going to be a busy
year for the band, but Skegness was the perfect rehearsal. A five star
performance. Band of the weekend.
Girlschool had a tough job ahead of them following the Heep, but
you can't help but warm to the cheekiness of the girls on stage who play
directly in your face. All those early classics from the glorious NWOBHM
days were present and correct. The girls were having fun and so was we.
are another band I've seen many times and i never tire of watching them.
The warmth from the stage reflects back off the audience. The girls took
it all the way and left me feeling 'Yeah Right'.
the Centre Stage were King King, a blues band so good they named
themselves twice. King King featuring Alan Nimmo on lead guitar and
vocals are something of a national hidden treasure. Their debut
album 'Take My Hand' has just been released, but word of mouth has
already spread about these boys.
stage kitted out in kilts King King belted out one great song after
another with their Stevie Ray Vaughan sounding rocking blues. This young
band will bring the blues to a whole new generation. That is something
that is long overdue. Get digging for that treasure.
is was easy to see why the Great British Rock and Blues Festival sells
out on reputation alone. Another great weekend away. See you next year