Monthly Archives: October 2015

Ginger Baker’s Air Force

Seemingly Mr B is having a one-off reunion gig for his late (and not very lamented)  bloated 70s outfit. It will be interesting to see how he contacts Graham Bond, Chris Wood and Rik Grech to discuss the finer details. Any body got a spare Ouija Board?


Tom Russell. Brudenell Social Club. 11.10.2015

It’s been a couple of years since we last saw Mr Russell (see earlier review). Last time , at the Sage in Gateshead  (for free), he had Thad Beckman accompanying him. Tonight it is some young Italian guitarist.  For some time he has been touring his latest record, ‘The Rose of Roscrae, A Ballad of the West’. The tw0 set show has featured mainly songs from that in the first half, with a ‘hits’ (?) second set.

8.00 pm kick-off, and into ‘Carrickfergus’. ‘Hair Trigger Heart’ follows and Tom is basically taking all the vocals from the songs off his afore-mentioned record. No easy task, as there are quite a few collaborators on the two and a half hour, 52 track magnum opus. And he is positively jovial…almost!  The first set of an hour includes the likes of ‘…Bad Kid’, ‘Guadalupe’,and ‘I talk to God’, finishing with a rousing oldie,  ‘Tonight we Ride’.

A break of about 20 minutes and they are back. ‘St Olav’s Gate’ is followed by the more recent ‘East of Woodstock…’ and given that there are decades between them, it shows how his songwriting muse has remained at the highest level. ( We do, of course, get a tw*t behind us who knows all the words, and seems to think we have come to listen to HIM!  I know the words too .B*ST*RD!)  ‘Nina Simone’, ”Stealing Electricity’ and ‘California Snow’ all maintain the impeccable quality, and ‘Who’s Gonna Build your Wall’ is even more topical today, given Donald Trump’s buffoonery.  The classic ‘Blue Wing’ came as the first encore, and Mr R paid homage to The Kinks. Rocking out with ‘Haley’s Comet’, he looked genuinely happy.

He is a great raconteur as well. Here playing to 100 or so, when a bloody Pink Floyd tribute show can fill the Albert Hall and charge £50 a ticket!  (No, I am not talking about David Gilmour!)  And there is really a God?!   I first discovered him via a 50p used cd from the local library. For the uninitiated , get onto YouTube now.

Photos not 10 out of 10, Her ladyship forgot her camera.

The Revelator Band. Duck and Drake. 2.10.2015

To get some idea of how this motley crew look, I would suggest going to YouTube (and don’t confuse them with a similarly-named outfit from the Red Rose environment)  , then have a look at the review on here from August 2014.     Slight difference tonight is that they have a bass player, I am sure there wasn’t one last time we saw them.  Fortunately, he fits in well visually, looking like he had just arrived from failing an audition for the ‘Pinkertons’ TV series (because he was too old).  If the Revelators’ audition involved putting up their banner straight he failed that too!  But he had a 5-string fretless bass,  so he got the gig.!

Musically,  they were still pretty much ‘business as usual’, and it is a fascinating ‘business’.  Sorry, I have no set list…neither did they!   But they finished the first set with ‘That ain’t Right’, and sadly we had to leave just as vocalist Barnaby was strapping on a Dobro-esque weapon.

Her Ladyship had a chat with him during the interval, we couldn’t believe it was 2003 when we went to the launch of their (excellent) CD.  Have they been Yorkshire’s best-kept secret for so long?   We chatted to some newer converts from Brighouse (hardly on the doorstep), who had made the journey especially to see them.

They still only play a couple of gigs per month, usually restricted to God’s own county,  and I would advise any blues fan who is sick of ‘Pride and Joy’ and ‘Crossroads’ being churned out by journeyman pub bluesers to check out for details.  If you live in Burnley (!) they are there on the 17th.

Butlin’s Rock and Blues 2016 ( aka Andy Powell v Martin Turner Part 5)

Looks like it is going to be a pretty good weekend. The line-up has just been supplemented, worth checking out.  Followers of the Wishbone Ash soap opera will note that ‘Martin Turner plays the music of Wishbone Ash’ will be appearing. (Cue much cheering).   It is a little known fact* that Mr Turner had to shorten his name to the above-mentioned version. Apparently it was originally called ‘Martin Turner plays the music of Wishbone Ash a f**k sight better than the delusional Andrew Powell and his journeymen outfit’.**   Seemingly Mr Powell took Mr Turner to court, saying Mr Turner had made him cry and he now only had three friends in the whole world, and Mr T had to shorten the name.  ‘It’s the Way of the World’, so they say.

*  It is a little known fact , because I have just made it up.  Apologies to Wishbone Ashtray….SORRY!!  , Wishbone Ash.   (Slip of the tongue).


** And he couldn’t find anybody who could make XXXXXXXXXXXL T-shirts