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BJ's Rock-In-The-Blues-Club
The Minstrel, Eaves Green Road, Chorley, PR7 3PF
Every Thursday evening from 9.15pm
Admission Free

Band and gig info' from Lucas Campbell on mob 0784 221 5346
(email: rockintheblues@btinternet.com)
 

 
May 2015 Gigs
 

7th May THE EARLY MAC BAND   - Superb Vintage Blues/Rock
14th May CRY BABY &THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE BOYS   - Five Star Blues Band
21st May THE WELSH T BAND   - Quality Rock & Blues Band
28th May THE ORIGINAL REPLICA   - Retro 50s & 60s rock & Roll Band
 

Our aim is 'Keeping Live Music Alive'

We provide a platform for bands in a friendly atmosphere with appreciative audiences. Some of the bands that started out and played at BJ's on a regular basis have found success. All the bands that play at BJ's get a great reception and always want to return and it remains fully booked for a year ahead. The venue provides a mixed genre of blues based music to suit all tastes ... so if you like a variety come and join us !
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Reviews:

14:05:15 - CRY BABY & THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE BOYS
         
  
http://www.crybabyhoochiecoochieboys.co.uk/

© Copyright 2015 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved

I can only say these guys are rhythm & blues at its best. 'CRY BABY & THE HOOCHIE COOCHIE BOYS' from Stoke on Trent, returned to BJ's, and gave a brilliant show to a packed house. The 'boys' are Rob Wilkinson on superb vocals and harmonica, Vince Cutcliffe on excellent guitar, Mark Hargreaves versatile keyboards, Chris Bevington on expert bass and Andy Carr on pounding drums.

Kicking off the evening with some great blues 'I Don't Believe' and 'I Got News', bringing in Robs amazing blues harp playing. Moving on to an up tempo Nine Below Zero track, 'Don't Point Your Finger At Me' again with superb harp. Great guitar work on 'More Than I Can Take' then on to one of the few ballads of the set, 'A Long History Of Love', both King King numbers.

A dash of country blues on 'Living It Down'  then a great take of the Muddy Waters classic 'I want To Be Loved' . A self penned  superb slow blues followed, 'Come Fly With Me' with great vocal input. Rounding off the first set, some more King King, 'One More Time', giving us a nice bit of wah wah on the guitar, and to finish a great harp led Chicago blues number.

The second set   kicked off with a rockin' number 'Personal Jesus', then a great take of the Alabama 3 track, 'Too Sick To Pray'. Upping the tempo a rockin' rhythm & blues 'Squeeze Me In' and a Nine Below Zero number 'Soft Touch', excellent!

'All Your Life' was followed by a brilliant compilation of 'Anyway You Want Me' and 'Bright Lights'. There was some great slide guitar from Vince, on the Elmore James classic blues 'Wild About You Baby' with excellent blues harp from Rob. Raising the tempo again, a Dr Feelgood classic, 'Back In The Night' .

'Turn It On-Turn It Up' and 'Take My Love' led onto the last number a Cry Baby classic 'Zydeco Boogie' . A brilliant track with Vince on mandolin giving us a walk about in the audience. Excellent work on keys, giving that authentic Cajun flavour, superb.

A well deserved encore of 'Gimme Some Lovin' and 'Can I Get A Witness' completed, what had been a buzzin' night. The musicianship of the band is amazing and all are involved in other projects. They have a new CD in the making, so hopefully that will be available later this year. A well recommended band, so catch them if you can!

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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08:05:15 - THE EARLY MAC BAND 

© Copyright 2015 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved

A welcome return to BJ's of The Early Mac Band. As the name implies their roots lie in the classic music of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, much of which was performed to perfection. 

From the Leeds area, they are Luke Smithson on vocals and guitar, Joel Dowson on guitar, Ol Jessop on bass with Peter Tallent on drums and vocals.                                                                                    

On yet another lively Thursday evening, the band began the set with a tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac.  They played the most haunting version of 'Albatross' I have heard, which was well appreciated by the audience.  With 'If You Be My Baby', a slow powerful 12 bar blues, the two guitarist complimented each other brilliantly. A touch of Garry Moore completed the first, well put together set.

The second set brought us some foot tapping 12 bar standard blues with Peter Green's 'Stop Messing Around', then onto a classic Hendrix number 'Little Wing', which the guys did real justice to, with superb guitars throughout.

Performing in their own style, the band played the classic Robert Johnson number 'Crossroads', This led on to another Hendrix classic of 'Hey Joe' . Returning to the Fleetwood Mac flavour with a great take of 'Oh Well' and one of my favourite tracks ever, 'Need Your Love So Bad', followed by 'Black Magic Woman', superb!

The final numbers,  'It's All Over Now' and a stomping version of 'Johnny Be Good', got the dancers up. A great end to an enjoyable evening and The Early Mac Band will definitely be back again at BJ's next year.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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30.04.15 - THE MIGHTY REVELATORS   http://www.themightyrevelators.com/

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Returning again to BJ's were the multi talented MIGHTY REVELATORS, from the north west. Playing a mix of blues, swing, Americana, country and Tex-Mex, with a dash of funk thrown in, the line up was - Rick Lucas on guitar, slide guitar and vocals, Mark Hopkins on guitar and vocals, Aaron Lloyd on bass with Paul Schofield on drums.

Opening with some self penned swing and blues numbers the scene was set for the evening. Performing many of the self written tracks from their current and excellent CD, 'Eyes On The Road' plus some new material, The Mighty Revelators showed what 'versatility' really is. With two 'class' lead guitarists in the band, both with different styles,  gave them the option to produce a variety of sounds, which they did brilliantly, assisted by the most competent rhythm section.

With only a couple of covers in the set, they performed the B B King number 'Downhearted', to perfection. A great first set with an even livelier second set to follow , including a excellent funky number of their own, 'Kept', which had been played on Paul Jones Blues Show on BBC Radio2.

Some great stomp on 'Lord Have Mercy', class slide guitar on  Americana number 'Eyes On The Road', finishing the evening with  some swing and The Shadows  influence. A well deserved encore was given with the 1950's Coasters number 'Down In Mexico'. An excellent evening of music from an excellent band and we'll  definitely see them back at BJ's next year.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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THE SECTION www.facebook.com/pages/The-Section-Blues-Rock-Band/197958896890613

© Copyright 2015 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved

After an absence of two years, it was a welcomed return of the 'The Section' to BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club.

Fronting the band on superb vocals and bass guitar was Mick 'The Guvnor' Taylor with Steve Pollard on lead and slide guitar, Pete Stonall on harmonica and guitar, Geoff Wilkinson on keyboards and guitar, and Truvel Thomas on drums.

Opening the evening with a bit of rockin' Stevie Ray Vaughan and Humble Pie, they also did a great take of  J J Cale's 'Call Me The Breeze', with some excellent slide guitar. Playing a mix of classics including Little Walter's 'Boom, Boom' and the Animals 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' they slowed the pace with 'Stormy Monday' , finishing the first set with Rufus Thomas's 'Walking The Dog' and  some rockin' Quo.

Blasting into the second set with Z Z Top's 'La Grange' they continued to keep the pace with some Nine Below Zero, Canned Heat and Dr Feelgood, with a dash of John Mayall for good measure. They did an excellent take of Robert Johnson's 'Walking Blues' - again with some super slide. The final number and well deserved encore was 'Bonie Maronie'.

There was some great guitar and harmonica playing and 'The Section', as a whole, gel really well together as they are all well seasoned musicians in their own right. We will hope to see them back at BJ's next year.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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THE ESCAPE COMMITTEE        http://www.reverbnation.com/theescapecommittee

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To cheer up a Thursday night, we had a welcome return to BJ's the premier Warrington based band, 'The Escape Committee'.

As a trio tonight - with Pete 'Sarge' Frampton  fronting the band on excellent guitar and vocals, with the solid rhythm section of John Gibson on bass and Paul Burgess (10cc) on drums - they gave us a varied selection of 60’s & 70’s classic songs with a definite penchant for Eric Clapton.

Kicking off the evening with a BB King number and a bit of slide guitar, the quality of the band was laid down. Continuing with some classic takes of Dylan's 'I Shall Be Released',  Clapton style 'I Shot The Sheriff' and a superb version of Hendrix's 'Little Wing', they rounded off the first set with a  great version of the standard 'Rock Me Baby'.

The second set brought a plethora of standards with 'Keys To The Highway', 'Nobody Knows You When You Are Down And Out', 'Georgia', 'Before You Accuse Me' and 'Crossroads'.  They performed an epic version of 'Have You Ever Loved A Woman' with superb guitar work from Pete, which was just brilliant.

Changing the pace with some rocky Americana and slide guitar and a dash of rock 'n roll, which led nicely into a great version of 'Cocaine' and 'Badge'.  To wind up the evening, Blind Faith's 'Can't Find My Way Home' and the finale of Neil Young's 'Rockin' In The Free World' ending, what was, a great gig.

The excellent musicianship was evident and we will look forward to the return of the Escape Committee next year at BJ's.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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GROUNDFLOOR BLUES BAND      https://www.facebook.com/TheGroundfloorBluesBand/info

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Some new faces with the Liverpool band 'Groundfloor Blues Band'. Having only been on the circuit for a relatively short while, they certainly gave a tight and incredibly well put together  performance, with an exceptional sound for a three piece line up. They  are Mike Grant on class vocals and Vox guitar and slide, Jimmy Pendleton on pounding bass and Greg Leyland on technically superb drums.

Although they are primarily a covers band, their choice of material was varied ,including many blues classics from BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Cream, Rory Gallagher and  more.  The set kicked off with a great take of 'One Foot In The Bayou' which set the scene for the calibre of these guys. A brilliant first set finished off with the classic 'Five Long Years', with more to come.

The second set equalled  the first with some added  ZZ Top, Mayall and  Free with a superb take on the Freddie King number 'Pack It Up' . To complete the set they performed the classic 'Keys To The Highway' and to finish, on what had been an exceptional gig,  a great take of Clapton's 'Further On Up The Road'

With superb musicianship from the whole band, Mike's  vocals were spot on and his guitar playing was almost faultless. They will definitely be back at BJ's next year and I hope they have luck in finding more platforms for the music that they play, as The Groundfloor Blues Band certainly have that little 'extra'!

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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PADDY MAGUIRE BAND http://www.paddymaguire.com/

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We knew we were in for a high class performance with the brilliant Paddy Maguire Band  playing to a packed house - and that's what we got! From W Yorkshire the band are Paddy Maguire on guitar and vocals, Jenna Hooson Maguire on amazing vocals, Jamie Mallender on bass and Sean Fitzpatrick on drums.

Kicking off the evening with some classic Aretha Franklin 'Chain Of Fools', with Jenna laying down the rules. Onto a great rockin' take of 'Proud Mary', then slowing down the pace with 'Muddy Water Blues', showing Jenna's versatility. A dancing number  'Nutbush City Limits', moving onto the haunting Etta James classic  'I'd Rather Go Blind', a superb vocal challenge for Jenna, magic.

The second set brought Paddy to the forefront on vocals, with 'I Want To Fly' and continuing with some classic rock in Paddy's own style. All for audience participation, Beryl stars again with a touch of 'guitar playing' with Paddy on 'Rock Me Baby', hilarious!

A couple of self penned numbers, with the beautiful 'Love Still Grows' and a new track 'Red Headed Woman' leaning towards classic rock. Finishing off the evening with Jenna's 'pièce de résistance' the Janis Joplin's classic 'Mercedes Benz' and ending the set with a touch of 'soul' .. a great end to a great evening with a great band.

The Paddy Maguire Band give you the best in blues rock and with Jenna Hooson Maguire on amazing power vocals, it is a band hard to top. We'll definitely be seeing them back at BJ's next year!

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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COLD FLAME, 26th March 2015   http://www.cold-flame.co.uk/

© Copyright 2015 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

COLD FLAME have been on fire for 30 years  and hail from Derbyshire.  As a five piece tonight, they play their own style of blues and folk rock with a collection of self penned works and some covers.

Playing at the premier venue of BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club at the Minstrel in Chorley, the band line up was -  Rob Barns on guitar and vocals, Pat Rowbottom on bass and vocals, Joe Orban on keys,  Phil Marke on drums with Mark Parkinson from Chorley, guesting on flute.

Kicking off  with a medley of Jethro Tull songs  - giving the flute a high profile - the scene was set for  a great evening. Giving Mark a rest, they also gave us some original songs, including an up tempo rockin' number 'End Of The Line', with great keys and guitar input and a classic blues rock 'Blues For The Cats'. We had a 'rockin' end to the first set .

The second set began with some more folk rock with Tull influence, then on to one of my favourites, the great rhythms of the Ian Anderson's number 'New Day Yesterday' with a great bass line from Pat. Rob made great use of a multi track pedal to give a full on sound on the Cold Flame take of Hendrix's 'All Along The Watch Tower'. They also introduced a new self penned number to the set, 'Thoughts From The Heart', a great rockin' track.

To finish off the evening a class cover of the Deep Purple classic 'Hush', a touch of classical piano with some more original material, a dash of Tull and final song  of the evening, the classic Peter Green number 'Oh Well'. Superb!

These guys are class musicians, whether playing their own material or covers and we will look forward to their return to BJ's next year.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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HARD TO HANDLE, 19th March 2015  http://nwb.co/hardtohandl

© Copyright 2015 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

Rockin' it up at BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club, The Minstrel, Chorley were the north west band 'Hard To Handle'. With their own take on Southern Rock with a good mix of popular covers, they went down a storm.

Fronting the band with a great voice on lead vocals and guitar was Max Cottam with Martin Degaris on guitar and vocals. Keeping the rhythm pounding was Karl Nadin on exceptional bass and Stu Fielden on hard hitting drums.

They kick started the evening with some power rock and a great version of AC/DC's 'Long Way To The Top', then onto the name sake of the band,  Otis Redding's 'Hard To Handle'. An eclectic mix to follow with Thin Lizzy, Free,  Rolling Stones and Stealers Wheel with a dash of Ian Hunter's 'Once Bitten Twice Shy' , Free's  'I'll Be Creepin'' and a great drum intro on Creedence Clearwater's 'Fortunate Son' to finish the set.

The second set equaled the first with a cracking version of  'Proud Mary' followed by AC/DC's 'Highway To Hell'. Onto some classic Free with 'Little Bit Of Love' and a great take of Lynyrd Skynyrd's, 'Sweet Home Alabama'.  A mix of ZZ Top, Lenny Kravitz, and a compilation including AC/DC, The Beatles, T Rex and Fleetwood Mac. This led to the final number of the evening - Hard To Handle's version of the  Kinks 'You Really Got Me', which also included a touch of Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water'. A great end to a great set.

A superb evening from a 'class' band, with a good mix of music to suit all tastes. We will hopefully see them back next year at BJ's.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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ALFIE IBBOTSON'S POPULAR BEAT COMBO, 12th Mar 2015 http://www.alfieibbotson.com/

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The return of the north west band 'Alfie Ibbotson's Popular Beat Combo' was a breath of fresh air. Having now established themselves as a competent covers band, with an extensive set list,  they brought to the table an excellent mix of rhythm & blues covers, with a dash of soul.

Fronting the band with an amazing voice - not unlike that of Paul Rogers from Free, was Tony Wardle on vocals and harmonica, with Paul Mason on guitar, Charlie Pearson on bass and hard hitting Ian Massey on drums.

Kicking off the evening a class compilation of Spencer Davies and Cream, then  a brilliant take of the classic Robert Cray blues number 'Don't Touch Me'.  Speeding up the tempo brought  us soul with Magic Sam's  'I Just Want A little Bit' and  rock 'n roll with SRV's 'The House Is A Rockin''.  Getting into the 'spirit' of the evening was  Robert Camille's 'I Got Loaded'  and  some 12 bar blues at its best, with John Lee Hookers 'Boom, Boom', Tony gave us some  class harp playing and vocals.

Closing the first set  the Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry,  Johnny Winter  and a great guitar solo from Paul  on Joe Bonamassa's  'So Many Roads'. The final number was the  Albert King classic 'The Hunter'.

The second set brought us some classic 60's and 70's tracks from Free, Who, Kinks, Rolling Stones, Spencer Davies, Beatles, Everly Brothers,  and Gloria Jones.  The evening was rounded off with a touch of soul , with Smokey Robinson's 'Get Ready'- with a great 'full on' bass line from Charlie and excellent drum fills from Ian. The final number of the set was  Wilson Pickett's 'Land Of A Thousand Dances'  with well deserved encore of Deep Purple's 'Hush'.

Tony's  voice takes centre stage and as an ex pro he certainly has that little extra. The whole band gel well together and have a great sound, it was also good to hear more blues takes in the set. A high standard performance from a 'class' band  and I'm sure we'll see them back at BJ's next year.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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FORTY4, 5th March 2015   http://www.forty4music.com/home/

© Copyright 2015 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

Bringing in some of the best music to BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club at the Minstrel in Chorley, were the incredible blues funksters FORTY 4. A welcome return of this class, five piece blues funk band from Merseyside, who give their own individual take on blues classics and self penned works, providing a whole show of excellent  'Rhythm and Groove'.

Fronting the band on vocals and lead guitar was Neil Partington, with the excellent Paul Starkey also on lead guitar. The magic man on keys was Glen Lewis, with the rhythm section of Bill Price on bass and Nick Lauro on drums.

The evening kicked off with some fiery guitar work from Neil and Paul, on 'I'm Going Down', followed closely by a great funky version of Lee Dorsey's 'Get Out Of My Life, with superb piano input from Glen.  They played an excellent  'Hoochie Coochie Man' in a true Forty 4 style, with some more classic blues on T Bone walkers 'T Bone Shuffle', brilliant!

Some self penned pure funk with 'Feels So Good' , then bringing in a touch of 'reggae'  before the Howlin' Wolf classic and name sake of the band 'Forty Four'. With amazing guitar work 'in the school of Clapton' from Paul it gives a sound that would take a lot of beating!

To finish off the first set, a bit of 'rock n' roll' 'Taking My Love',  an up tempo good old R&B number, although put together by Forty4.

The second set was equally varied  with 'Pack It Up' bringing together a bit of jazz, a bit of funk with that New Orleans feel. Like a blast from the past, although written by the guys, 'Keep The Meter Running' provided a great funky feel with some ace drum work from Nick and bass lines from Bill. 

A dash of swing, showcasing the piano boogie talents of Glen, then moving onto a touch of the blues funk master Freddie King with 'Dead Leg Woman'. It was then the pure magic of Clapton's 'Old Love' with Paul in his element and finishing off the set the Ray Charles 'Don't Need Know Doctor' and some rockabilly 'I Believe I'm In Love With You'. 

It's wonderful to have such talented musicians all in one band and even more so, to have them play at a local club. Their album, '44 Minutes', recorded in 2013, is still fresh and sound bites can be heard at   http://www.forty4music.com/forty4-music/

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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THE BOOZIE WOOZIE BAND, 26th Feb 2015   https://www.facebook.com/BoozieWoozieBand

© Copyright 2015 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

Another interesting Thursday evening with the Boozie Woozie Band, who are a collective of musicians based in the northwest, who enjoy  playing their own brand of boogie blues and rock 'n roll. Fronting the band on keys and vocals was the entertainer Andy Stones, with Paul Kistner on authentic  50/60's guitar, Horace Dogson on double and electric bass and Alan Taylor on drums.

Playing a diverse mix of rock 'n roll classics including numbers from Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley, they also added a touch of Credence Clearwater Revival and some great Ray Charles numbers. With Andy playing  mean boogie blues on keys and with the addition of Paul, taking us back in time, with his class guitar playing in the old rockin' style, the sound was great, topped off with Horace on the double bass, we were in for a cracking evening and that's just what we got. The Boozie Woozie Band certainly take 'entertainment' seriously and gave a fabulous performance with the addition of great humour.

There was certainly 'A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On' and the band finished off the evening with a well deserved encore of 'Rock Around The Clock'. I'm sure we will see them back for a retake next year!!

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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THE AFTER HOURS BLUES BAND, 19th Feb 2015  http://www.afterhoursbluesband.co.uk/

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A welcome return, after a year, of this local Prestonian band, the 'AFTER HOURS BLUES BAND'.

The talented three piece play a mix of self penned  and covers of blues rock, with a definite penchant towards Jimi Hendrix . Fronting the band on guitar and vocals was the talented Lee Wharton, with superb bass man Doug Long keeping that rhythm going with the excellent skin lady Ann Batty on drums.

A great rockin' opener to the evening, with the self penned 'Driving Home'. This was followed closely by a Stevie Ray Vaughn classic 'Pride And Joy' and what a great take. A slow, self written number 'Midnight Colour' with a touch of 'wah wah' was next, with an After Hours take of the classic 'Black Magic Woman' with some superb guitar work from Lee to follow.

'Tin Pan Alley' gave us a slow blues with a 'singing' guitar performed with passion. Then the 'Hendrix' trademark of 'All Along The Watch Tower', finishing off the first set with their own version of 'Crossroads'.

The second set brought us some upbeat slide guitar, a great version of the Stones 'Jumping Jack Flash' and an 'epic adventure' in the form of a Hendrix trilogy of  'Voodoo Child', 'Machine Gun' and 'Red Patrol'.  Doug did a great bass solo in this number and the whole track took us on a 'long journey' with Lee recreating the Hendrix passion.

A change in tempo, with an upbeat funky number giving us some mega guitar, - Ann and Doug were also working hard on this one. Back to some super slide guitar and rockin' it up with the old classic 'Shake Your Money Maker' . To finish the set, an After Hours version of the Zeppelin classic 'Communication Breakdown' with an encore of a mixed tempo slide guitar driven 12 bar. A great end to a great set.

Doug Long on bass, will be leaving the band shortly, so this was his last BJ's gig with the band. All at BJ's wish him well and look forward to seeing the new line of the After Hours Blues Band next year.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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SLY FOX, 12th February 2015  http://www.sly-fox.org/

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Another great rockin' evening with Oldham based band 'Sly Fox'. A welcome return for this band who play a diverse mix of covers.

Fronting the band on superb lead vocals and guitar was David Bridge, with Michael Walsh on excellent lead guitar and vocals. On bass - and what a bass player he is - was Tony 'Fox' Cooper (also trading as the bands mascot in fox head and tail!) Finally the skin man on electric drums, Ian Fletcher.

The first set gave us a mix of music from Etta James to the Everly Brothers and  from the Eagles 'In The Fast Lane'  to the Beatles, 'Come Together'.  They also did a great take in a Django Reinhardt style of Gypsy Swing. With a dash of Jimmy Witherspoon they then finished the first set with a couple of classic Status Quo numbers.

The second set was equally mixed including a classic take of the Doors 'Roadhouse Blues'. With  a touch of Rory Gallagher and Phil Collins and a great Status Quo cover of 'In My Chair' and a Pink Floyd classic, 'Comfortably Numb', the evening was brought to a close with Tom Petty's 'Running Down The Dream'  with a well deserved encore of Gary Moore's 'Tell Me Woman'.

Certainly 'Sly Fox' are a band to keep your feet tapping and with the variety and diversity of music they play there is no time to get bored. An excellent evening and an excellent band!

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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THE ALAN KENSLEY BAND, 5th February 2015   http://alankensley.wix.com/band

© Copyright 2015 Rosy Greer. All Rights Reserved.

The Alan Kensley Band made yet another return to BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club at The Minstrel, Chorley, this week.  Fronting the Preston based band, in this classic pop/rock covers outfit, was Alan Kensley on vocals, lead guitar and harmonica, with Terry Blacow on rhythm guitar, with the backline boys of Trevor Blacow on bass and Ken Wright on drums.

Starting off the set with some 60's classics, including numbers from the Beatles, Stones and the Kinks they added an 80's tune in the form of Chris Rea's 'The Road To Hell'.

The second set raised the tempo with a few more 60's and 70's classics including, Queen's  -'We Will Rock You, the Doors  -'Roadhouse Blues'  and  Spencer Davies's - 'Gimme Some Lovin''. They also did a  take of Peter Green's  - 'Need Your Love So Bad' to cool things down.

Closing the evening  a bit of rock 'n roll with Chuck Berry's - 'Johnny Be Good', a touch of 70's classic rock with Deep Purple's - 'Smoke On The Water' and bringing in a taste of Status Quo with - 'Rockin' All Over The World'. This led us to the final number of the set a Jimi Hendrix classic - 'Hey Joe'.

A good set for The Alan Kensley Band, who come as  a 'what you see is what you get' band. They are a group of seasoned musicians who have come together to play the music they love.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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THE MARAUDERS, 29th January 2015           www.marauders.tv

© Copyright 2015 Rosy Greer. All Rights Reserved.

Another great night at BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club at The Minstrel in Chorley. The Lancashire based rhythm and blues band the Marauders, were back to rock the joint. That they did, with their takes of classic harp driven rhythm and blues, swing and rock 'n roll. Fronting the band on vocals and master of the harmonica, Chris 'Wizz' Gee, with Pete Konnanov on excellent guitar. The powerhouse rhythm section of Andy Schemet on bass and Jon Lowe on drums completed the line up of this long serving band.

Kicking off the evening in great style with Bo Diddley's  'I Can Tell' then onto a bit of the Wolf man's 'Pretty Baby', set the scene for the evening. Giving us a few self penned works including a rockabilly number 'Chevrolet' shows the versatility of the band.

Adding a touch of Creedence Clear Water  'Born On The Bayou' and a dash of Jimmy Reeds 'Shame, Shame, Shame' we moved on to some classic blues and some harp driven rockin' rhythm and blues. They finished off the first set with superb slide guitar on Feelgood's  'Back In The Night' and more.

The second set was as equally 'full on' with some up tempo rockin' numbers.  A great take of  Bonnie Raitt's  'I Believe I'm In Love With You' and a couple of Stevie Ray Vaughan tracks. Adding to the repertoire, a bit of  country blues with ZZ Tops 'Sharp Dressed Man' and some class, harp driven swing. 'Cadillac' gave us  super slide on this rockabilly track and led into some classic Dr Feelgood.

The final number of the set was 'My Babe', with a well earned encore of  'Bright Lights, Big City' (could this be Chorley?) and the classic Stevie Ray Vaughan number 'The House Is A Rockin''. Plenty of dancing was going on and a great time was had by all, including the band!

The Marauders are a classic rhythm and blues band at its best and wowed the audience at the Great British R&B Festival in Colne last year, where they appeared on the British Stage.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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THE ARMADILLOS, 22nd January 2015                www.thearmadillos.co.uk

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

We rode on down to the Minstrel Cantina the ARMADILLOS had hit town and these Good Ole Boys were playing. The boys are known in these parts for their Western Swing, Blues and Roots ‘n’ Rhythm, stuff to get your toes tappin’.

Trail Boss Greg Walker goes by the name of ‘The Tone Ranger’ on lead vocal lead guitar and lap steel guitar a desperado with quick fire banter and a mean right guitar hand.

His old time pal Horace Dogson on rhythm guitar and backing vocals another veteran cow hand and the rhythm section of cow poke brander Andy Levy on bass guitar and driving the chuck wagon was Ian Gibbon on drums.

The first set started with T Bone Shuffle, My Baby She Worships Me, Get my Hands on it, Desert Skies, Spider and the Fly, and Steel guitar Rag with Greg on the Lap steel guitar pulling out all the stops superb. The band were in full swing mode for the second set with Folsom Prison Blues, Put another Log on the Fire, Trashy Woman, Route 66, Ain’t I’m a Dog, Miles and Miles of Texas and a 1955 rendition of Marty Robbins song Tennessee Toddy a swing version brilliant.

The band were on fire and so was the Cantina, pass another bucket of Country Swing yahoo.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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WAYNE CARRICK BAND, 15th January 2015 15      http://waynecarrickband.co.uk/

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It's always good to hear 'class' musicianship - and with the Wayne Carrick Band, that is certainly what we got! It was a welcome return of the NW band, to BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club at the Minstrel in Chorley, where  they were certainly a crowd pleaser.

Fronting the band on superb  vocals and guitar was stalwart Wayne Carrick, with Matt McGrory on excellent guitar and keys. The rhythm section of Dave Linley on bass and backing vocals and Phil Escott on drums gave the band that certain drive.

Kicking off the evening with Muddy Waters, 'Blow Wind Blow' followed by a Rolling Stones classic 'Under My Thumb' the scene was set.  Moving onto some Clapton influences with 'Little Queen Of Spades'  and 'Badge', this led into an excellent self penned number 'Leave You Baby'.

Some classic covers followed with Muddy Waters 'Hoochie Coochie Man' , a bit of reggae with 'I Shot The Sheriff' and to finish off the first set a touch of soul with 'Knock On Wood'

The second set also gave us some classic covers with Derek and the Dominoes ' Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad' , the funky 'Black Cat Bone' and a great rendition of BB King's 'The Thrill Has Gone'. Bringing in a bit of good old rock 'n roll with Eddie Cochran's 'Twenty Flight Rock' then a couple more brilliant  Clapton takes 'Cocaine' and 'Old Love'. 

To finish the excellent set,  rockin' it up with 'Shake Rattle And Roll' then a bit of Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Pride And Joy' and a well deserved encore of Clapton's 'Early In The Morning'. 

A great performance from 'The Wayne Carrick Band', with meaningful vocals, excellent interplay with the two lead guitars, superb keyboard playing and some technically classy drumming, working so well with the full on bass. A great evening with a great band!

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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FOGPOCKET, 8th January 2015

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New to BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club, at The Minstrel, Chorley, the newly formed five piece local band 'FOGPOCKET', -  a blues rock band of high calibre.

All are class, veteran musicians. Fronting the band on exceptional vocals was John Scarlett, with Paul Rivans on class guitar, John Winder on keys, with a full Hammond sound, Mark O'Connor on pounding bass and Roy Dennett, keeping that rhythm going on drums.

It was a brilliant opener with an interesting intro on John Lee Hooker's 'Burning Hell', with superb vocals and musicianship that set the scene for the evening. Following with some 60's classics from Spencer Davies and Cream, they moved onto a number from British Blues Award winners King King, with a fully endorsed cover of 'What Am I Supposed To Do'. Paul provided a great guitar solo with John giving a superb vocal performance.

A mix of music to follow with Joss Stones 'Karma', the Eagles 'Somebody' and Jack Bruce's 'Neighbour Neighbour' with the bass man Mark working hard. Then 'I Put A Spell On You' and a great take of Robert Cray's 'Playing In The Dirt' and to finish off the great first set,  'Seesaw', with a bit of audience participation!

The second set was as equally varied, kicking off with 'Homework',  Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'Crossfire' then into a funky version of Deep Purple's 'Never Before'. Some more class Robert Cray, Bobby Bland and Buddy Guy numbers and another King King number 'One More Time Around', all with a bit more of a soul feel.

The final number was a brilliant version of Neil Young's  'Rocking In The Free World', with a well deserved encore of Joe Cocker's 'A Little Help From My Friends'.

Bearing in mind this was only their second gig, they certainly gave us a full on sound with an interesting and varied covers set list. They also hope to have their own material in the set soon.  Let's hope we see 'FOGPOCKET' out and about on the circuit, as this band can offer something a little bit different from the norm. Excellent!

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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THE EXTRAS, 1st January 2015

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A welcome return to BJ's 'Rock in the Blues Club' at the Minstrel, Chorley, of brilliant EXTRAS from Southport. Having been off the radar for a while and it was good to see them back on the circuit -  with music that has just got better!

The line up toasts a new front man, Mark Taylor on vocals, (who is the son of Merseybeat legend Kingsize Taylor), Dave Woods, who continues to 'wow' us on superb guitar, Joan 'Miss Dynamite' Bimson, keeping that energy going on bass and backing vocals, with the pounding skin man Mark Prescott on drums, giving us that high octane sound that is the Extras!

A great opener to the evening with Sam Cooks 'That's It, I Quit', an up tempo rockin' number giving us the Extras individual take. Some full on up tempo rhythm and blues to follow with 'I'm Not Talking' then moving on to some classic Dr Feelgood with 'Sugar Shaker', 'I Can Tell' and 'Every Kind Of Vice' with great rhythms on pounding drum and bass from Mark and Joan.

'Have Love Will Travel' by the Sonics, gave us some classic R&B, with a bit of rockabilly on 'Stray Cat Strut'. A cheer went up for 'Tin Soldier' the Stevie Marriot classic rock, with excellent vocals from Mark. Some fast finger work from Dave on 'Take A Tip', a high energy rhythm and blues Dr Feelgood track,  more to follow with the driving rhythms of 'Lights Out' - rock 'n roll on speed!! Finishing off the excellent first set, some up tempo classic rock on 'Moonchild' and the pounding drums on Feelgoods 'Heart Of The City' - phew!

The second set was equally 'full on', opening with a mega instrumental 'Misirlou' leading straight into 'Peter Gun'. Next it was 'get on your dancing shoes', with a high energy skiffle number 'Lonesome Train. Back to the 60's with a Wilson Picket's '99 And A Half', then some rock 'n roll with 'Bad Boy'.

Rockin' it up with 'Dr Feelgood', 'Hog For You', 'Stupidity' and 'I Take What I Want', they hit some classic R&B with Vince Taylor's 'Brand New Cadillac', Presley's 'Hunk Of Love'- taking the 12 bar to a new dimension - and the classic Johnny Kidd & The Pirates 'Shaking All Over' and 'Please Don't Touch'.

Finishing off the set with some more Dr Feelgood classics, 'She Does It Right' and 'She's A Wind Up' with a well deserved encore of 'Route 66', the Extras certainly left their stamp again, on the crowd at BJ's!!!

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer     www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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SLYDER, 18th December 2014

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A change of personnel to the band SLYDER has left Norman Roberts the only original member left as he forges ahead with his new band, in Norman’s words “the show must go on” and with these veteran musicians a busy future is predicted.

Joining Norman who fronts the band on lead vocal and guitar is lead guitarist Mike Walsh a man of many talents if it’s got strings he can play it. On bass guitar for the foreseeable future is Dougie Dixon a man in demand an excellent musician and linked up very well with drummer Tom Watson, this engine room was running hot. With a list as long as your arm of classic covers the band kicked off with Joe Bonamassa’s D’Jango, and Just Got Paid followed by Cocaine, The Animals hit We Gotta Get Out of this Place followed by Black Magic Woman, Love Potion 9 by the Searchers Need Your Love, The Thrill is Gone and Somebody by the Eagles to finish the first set.

The second set burst to life with Before You Accuse Me, Route 66, Rock Me Baby, covers from Bad Co, Buddy Guy, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Gary Moore, and the Doobie Brothers. The selection of covers by the band got the dancers to their feet a party atmosphere was present no doubt at all and the night was a great success thank you SLYDER.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you for supporting live music here in Chorley.        

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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THE COTTONHOUSE SHAKERS, 11th December 2014

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The COTTONHOUSE SHAKERS from the Blackburn area take a popular cover and put their spin on it by giving it a soul/blues swing/Jazz/funk edge, it’s a stretch from the normal but makes interesting listening and they achieve this very well indeed, the bands musical abilities know no boundaries.  

Gary Ward founder and frontman on lead guitar and lead vocal is a musician of great skills and his work load is tremendous writing and playing in other bands as top musicians do.

Neil Canning another busy musician on keyboards brings to the table many attributes, but his musical arrangements with Gary are brilliant ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T was one such number.

Next we have the rhythm section of Derren Lee Poole on bass guitar and Tim Jackson on drums a solid performance throughout a great understanding from this pair.

This eclectic mix of covers makes a statement from the band and that is anything is possible with the right approach, covers from the likes of Albert King, B. B. King, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Led Zeppelin, Nina Simone, Tom Waits and many more just great entertainment from a band that SHAKES things up a bit, away from the norm.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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THE HEXMEN, 4th December 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

This band hails from Liverpool and George Hexmen front man and founder has taken this band from its conception in the late 70’s to present and in that time has toured all over the UK and mid Europe.

There is no doubt that he has become over the years a beacon for live entertainment and still gets that buzz live music gives.

A new era starts and a new CD is forecast and more live shows both here and Europe, there is no stopping this powerful in your face brand of energetic Rhythm and Blues.

George on lead vocals and harp and plenty of Liverpool banter takes no prisoners and gets to business with’ Ridin’ on the L&N’, Long Grey Mare, Treat Her Right, Messin’ with the Kid, Hoochie Coochie Man, Come On In, ending the first set with Gloria, the Van Morrison hit.

Colin Guthrie superb on lead guitar a gifted musician played his last gig with the band and is moving to pastures new we wish him well. The rhythm section of Mike Cain on bass guitar and on the drums Matt Shaw they have an association going back over 25 years and it showed amazing work from this magnificent pairing.

The second set cracked off with Woolley Bully, 29 Ways, Lonely Avenue, That’s It I Quit, Bull Frog Blues, Bad is Bad, King Bee, and Smoke Stack Lightning.

The dancers danced the crowd shouted for more, a night of live entertainment from a band that has it all.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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THE CHEATING HEARTS, 27th November 2014

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This five piece band from the Rossendale area of the Northwest gave a sensational performance to say the least, with an array of popular covers with flavours of Blues, Americana, Pop, Rock and Roll and Country something for everyone’s taste.   

 Fronting the band were the harmonising voices of James Gansler on guitars and mandolin and Maria Brothers on guitar they were superb. Nick Cornell on keys and vocals, giving a full back sound and his interplay with the lead guitar work of James was spot on, all musicians of the highest calibre, they made it look easy.

The rhythm section of ‘Shug’ Millage on bass guitar and Mike Smith on drums were the backbone of this fantastic band, not a beat out of place.

The band covered hits from Chuck Berry, Bonny Raitt, Lindisfarne, Ace, The Band, The Faces, and many more.

This was excellent entertainment from a band that creates great vibes from their catalogue of popular classics.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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THE POWER 3, 20th November 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

Jeff Earl Jerome the bands front man on lead vocals and bass guitar, with Phil Grundy on vocals and lead /slide guitar and on the drums Chris Hughes, they are three very experienced musicians based in Liverpool and are well worth watching. This is an amazing trio and have been together now for about 3 years and have entertained extensively throughout the Northwest blues circuit. A superb blues cover band they take you back to the golden age of Blues/Rock.

The voice of Jeff is tailor made for this genre and he has perfect pitch, with a pumping bass he really hits the spot. Phil with his riffs and flicks gets down and dirty with some memorable slide guitar work and Chris as the drummer drives the band on with Jeff as the rhythm engine hits overdrive.

The band kicked off the first set with ‘Rock & Roll Hoochie Coo’ along with ‘Cold Shot’ ‘Stormy Monday’ ‘Tore Down’ ‘Current Situation’ a great rendition of 'Superstition’, 'Ain’t No Sunshine', and to finish ’Oh Well’ bringing this brilliant first set to a close.

The second set powered on and the heat turned up with ’Frankenstein’ to start ‘La Grange' and 'Boom Boom' linked, followed by ‘You Don’t Love Me’ ’Damn Right I Got the Blues’ ‘Travelling South’ ‘Black Betty’ ’Just Got Paid’ ‘Texas Strut’, the crowd wanted more, so to finish they did ‘Laundromat’. This was a great show from a band that never disappoints, a fantastic array of Blues/Rock to get your bones gyrating.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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THE LOL GOODMAN BAND, 13th November 2014

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Lol Goodman the founder and frontman of the band, on lead vocals and lead guitar is also the lyricist /composer of the bands music, and has penned all but one of the tracks on their latest CD entitled TAUTOGY out now, following on from the band’s first CD entitled OLD DOG ‘n’ LICKS in 2013.

The Lol Goodman Band over the years has had personnel changes, but now have a keys man Rod Mayall, yes, the brother of the British blues legend John Mayall as a permanent fixture.

The rhythm section of James Horrocks on bass and time served veteran musician John Firth on the drums.

The band’s base is in Manchester and are regulars on the Northwest pubs and clubs circuit and blues festivals nationally.  The blues music of the 60’s and 70’s are the inspiration for this band and as a result they have buried themselves in this British blues tradition.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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BEETROOTJAM, 6th November 2014

This bands new approach to the blues is one man’s vision, and that man is Mal Green.

Mal is a one man driving force for self-promotion, and music making, combining a fusion of genres with a blues spine and producing some great songs.  Mal has his own record label Green Dog Records and gets involved root deep with other musicians that wish to pursue a career in the music business.

The band’s new album, eight tracks in total entitled STRAWBERRY is a no-nonsense retro mono LP and a CD package this is by no means a raw production. The band gave us a taste of the new material from Mal Green, arranged and produced by BeetRootJam, recorded and mixed at Home Sweet Home Studios Salford.

Mal has a prolific writing record an explosion of lyrics that keeps him pretty busy all year round. It does not surprise me that this new recording just tells you what he’s about.

The band members are Mal Green on lead vocal, harmonica and lead guitar.  On an electric double bass is Dave Luvin, who hails from Kansas City USA and has a history of performing here in England with several bands, and with new member Mark C Fitton on drums. In the studio was Brian Walsh on tenor sax, with Marnie Jayne Holdsworth Green and Toni Amanda Holdsworth completing the studio line up.

This was an enjoyable gig all round, with excellent musicians, a great blend of music, a professional attitude from the word go and definitely on the money, all this from a premier music maker and a gentleman that is Mal S. Green.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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NIGHT TRAIN, 30th October 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

This Northwest band gave us a blend of original blues penned by Alec Martin and a compendium of classic Blues and rock and roll, something for everyone’s taste.

Alec Martin on lead vocals and blues harp and guitar is a pillar of the music circuit for the last 25 years or so he has performed all over the region with his band.

On lead guitar is Wally Rumsey a blues rock guitar man through and through he was just terrific.

The rhythm section the pulse of the band was on drums Rob Pusey and new to the band Hadge Weller on bass.

The band gave us a taster of their new album entitled ‘The Silence Spoke’, with Death Angel, I Forgot your Name, Howlin’, Broken Heroes, Shadows of the Night, I Said Yeh.

The second set was the mix of blues and rock and roll, with Help Me, I just Wanna Make Love, I Put a Spell on You, Bullfrog and then a medley of rock and roll, with Roll Over Beethoven, Whole Lotta Shakin’, Luceille, Oh Carol, Roll Baby Roll and to finish off with ‘Gloria’ and ‘Bring it on Home to Me’.  the crowd just danced the night away and the night rocked.

This band likes to entertain and they did on the eve of Halloween they were spookily good.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Backwater Blues Band, 23rd October 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

This trio of blues musicians have been together for 14 years and Colin Walker has been the bands front man, lead guitarist and lead vocalist for all that time. The band is based in Stockport, Greater Manchester and are very busy gigging in their own back yard, so it was a privilege to hear them perform in Chorley here at the Minstrel, the audience thought so too, they got a great reception.

Colin puts his heart and soul into his beloved blues he played out of his skin. With a gifted voice that just lends itself to the blues genre and wicked in the guitar department he can do no wrong.

The bands rhythm section was on fire, steadying the ship with controlled power, the booming rock solid bass guitar of Arthur Cowdrey and the busy drums of Mark Isherwood, superb.

Jeff Levy Makor not for the first time came as guest guitarist he has known the band for years. A guitarist again of the highest calibre he brings to the table a free style Santana feel to compliment the band, exquisite.

The band’s first set included cover from The Allman Bros, Bad Company, Howlin’ Wolf, Bobby Charles, Free, Jimi Hendrix.

The second set the band delivered covers from Ten Years After, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Fleetwood Mac, Santana, BB King and Neil Young. This was a show to savour a great night of the blues brilliant.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Black Cat Bone, 16th October 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

The band travelled from Preston, Southport and Stockport to entertain the packed crowd here in Chorley and they really rocked the blues.

Frontman and lead vocals Richie Richardson was just superb. Richie’s vocal range for the plethora of covers the band played was amazing, he just has that tone, and very much a Joe Cocker sound alike on ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ and Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’ and Lead Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ he is a vocalist that gets very close to portraying the original versions.

The magnificent lead guitar work from Tom Walkerdine again was brilliant, and with very little technical assistance from his foot pedals, his riffs and solos were top drawer, enough said.

The rhythm section, this pairing of these two high calibre musicians was fabulous, with Ben Titus on a stunning bass and Stu Robinson on drums, they were tight, and steered the band on, and I suspect that their heart beats were in time, amazing.

The bands second set was as good as the first, they started with Aerosmith’s ‘Sweet Emotion’ then ‘Black Dog’ by Led Zeppelin, ZZ Tops ‘LaGrange’ and ‘Just Got Paid’ they covered AC /DCs ‘Back In Black’ and a stunning Who medley, ‘My Generation’ ’See Me Feel Me’ ’Pinball Wizard’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ and an encore of ‘All Right Now’ by Free.

This was an amazing gig by this hard working band that enjoyed their time here, we certainly did.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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The Jon Casey Blues Band, 9th October 2014

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© Copyright 2014 Lucas Campbell. All Rights Reserved.

The JON CASEY Blues band travelled from the Liverpool area to debut here in Chorley and what a show they gave. The band that has been together for about 2 to 3 years are a breath of fresh air, they are a blues band of the highest calibre, and the BJ’s faithful enjoyed every minute. Jon Casey who is only 24 years of age, played and performed like a veteran blues man, he is a new talent and we will hear a lot more of him in the coming years, his vocals were clear and concise, and the bands mix of sound was spot on, an enjoyable experience from the beginning.

Steve Faulkner on bass guitar and vocals, a gentleman and a veteran of the Liverpool music scene and has played with some great bands over the years, Ocean being one, and he has been on the charity circuit for many years, a true professional.

David Goldberg on keys and vocals, another stalwart of Liverpool’s musical history, he plays with Liverpool Express and Rumours of Fleetwood Mac. David and Steve have an association going back longer than they liked to admit. Lastly Jimmy Mac on drums one of the leading lights in the percussion department, just terrific.  The bands ever growing repertoire of blues classics reaches the young as well as the mature, they gave us covers from Eric Clapton, Cream, John Mayall, and Peter Green, Fleetwood Mac, Rory Gallagher, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Bonamassa.  The band also gave their rearrange blues version of the Bill Withers hit ‘Ain’ No Sunshine’, it was brilliant, the whole show was. 

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Full Fat Boogie Band, 2nd October 2014

The FULL FAT BOOGIE BAND from the Fylde coast came to entertain the faithful here at BJ’s with a change of personnel that did not deter from this bands excellent gig, such is the talent of these veteran musicians, who are celebrating 25 years on the road . Guest musician Raymond Williams on his tenor sax and baritone sax when required stepped in to front the band on this occasion. With his powerful forthright vocals and great sax playing he was a formidable force and was well received.  Simon Knowles played bass guitar for the absent regular bass player Andy Houghton and a great job he did as this was the first occasion in a live situation. The twin guitars of Steve Gregg and Dean Kelly and the drums of Peter Crouch rounded off this hard working band. The band's CD entitled I SCREAM COLNE is a cover CD with the exception of ‘Leavin’ on That Train’ penned by Andy Houghton.   Covers from their CD are Dr Feelgood, Monkey, You Don’t Love Me Baby, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Sweet Nothing, C’est La Vie, That’s Life, Shake a Tailfeather and Enjoy Yourself.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Tin Pan Alley, 25th September 2014

September's live music month here at BJ’s ended with an exceptional talented band from Lancaster. TIN PAN ALLEY came to entertain and that they did. Fronted by Nigel 'Tanny' Tanton on lead guitars and lead vocals, he gave an outstanding performance. Tanny’s guitar work is legendary he certainly nails the classic riffs and solos and his vocals certainly hit the spot. The rhythm section off Graham Goral on a wicked throbbing bass and Kevin ‘Cochise’ Cook on drums were just brilliant together, musicians of the highest calibre.  The first set included classics from Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin and to finish the set the song 'Free Bird' from Lynyrd Skynyrd, the crowd went nuts, brilliant stuff. The second set kicked off with ‘I Thank You’ from ZZ Top, followed by Joe Bonamassa, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Free, Montrose, Gary Moore, with Led Zeppelin to finish, classic after classic a brilliant show from a band that have set the bench mark for others to follow, fantastic.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer
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Rhythm Zoo, 18th September 2014   http://www.rhythm-zoo.com/

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Well the 'Zoo' are back! It was a welcomed return to BJ's for the popular band 'RHYTHM ZOO'.

Hailing from Shrewsbury, Harrogate and Bradford, Andi Hall fronts the band on sultry vocals, with Phil Dean on amazing lead guitar. Keeping that rhythm going were Pete Betts on bass and Dermot Hall on drums and what a great set they did with a mix of self penned tracks and covers.

The opening number, a slow blues 'I Just Want To Make Love To You', was pure class. Andi's sexy vocals were superb and Phil's guitar work just faultless. Funking it up next with 'Good Girl Bad Girl' then 'Part Time Love' with an excellent guitar solo from Phil.

A bit of a 'rockin' number, then on to a smokingly 'hot' version of the Robert Cray track, 'Playing In The Dirt'. Slowing the pace, we moved onto  the excellent T Bone Walker's 'Stormy Monday' which was sung with passion by Andi, with Phil's guitar solo that was just awesome, a brilliant take.

'Steal Your Love' gave us 'full on' power from the rhythm section, Pete and Derm, on this earthy rockin' track with strong vocals from Andi. To finish the first set a great up tempo gospel influenced number 'Whole Lot Of Water' .

Kick starting the second set, Andi was in her element with the rockin' blues, 'Wild, Wild, Woman'. Onto  the self penned  '12 Bar Blues' with great vocals from Andi again.  Slowing the pace, a slow sultry blues 'Never Going Back To Memphis' with a haunting guitar solo from Phil.

A classic  12 bar rhythm and blues with 'Tore Down' next, with drums and bass working well. Then onto 'rock God' Phil taking lead vocals for the classic Cream number 'Badge'. A brilliant take  and what a great voice.  A slow blues next with 'Coco Blue', before moving on to 'I've Got My Mojo Working' for a bit of audience participation. Guest Beryl was invited to the stage with her tambourine yet again!

For the penultimate number of the evening, rockin' 'Sweet Home Chicago',  got the dancers up. The final number, the classic Doors track 'Road House Blues',  was a fantastic finish to great evening. Here's hoping we will see the amazing 'Rhythm Zoo' back at BJ's next year.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer      http://www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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The Shakers, 11th September 2014   http://www.theshakersbluesband.co.uk/

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The SHAKERS describe themselves as -  "a hard rockin' rhythm & blues band, from deep down in the Fylde Coast Delta" - and I'll go with that!

Playing at the prestigious BJ's 'Rock in the Blues' Club, Chorley, they gave the crowd a full on performance of their 'Shakerboogie' with some classic covers.  Fronting the band on vocals, slide guitar, guitar and harmonica was John Carroll, on rhythm and excellent lead guitar was Chris Peacock.  Keeping that rhythm going was Brian Hunter on bass and vocals with the powerhouse of Craig Holland on drums.

The evening kicked off with a great 12 bar blues and classic number 'Sweet Home Chicago'. Taking the slide guitar into the audience, John set the scene for the evening. A great guitar solo from Chris gave us the 'full on' power opener.

A couple of Hendrix classics followed with 'Foxy Lady' and 'Red House', then a change with a Ray Charles number 'Unchain My Heart' with Brian on well sung vocals. John brought in the harmonica for the Little Walter number 'My Baby', again with Brian on vocals which had a leaning towards jazz.

A bit of harp led blues boogie with the John Lee Hooker classic 'Dimples', then on to the final number of the first set, 'Stormy Monday', with guest guitarist Javon Aziz. A nice bit of the 'youth of blues' as this young man is only 17!

Classic 'Crossroads' opened the second set, followed by 'Little Red Rooster' with great slide guitar. Another guest, Beryl, took to the stage with her tambourine, for 'I've Got My Mojo Working', then onto a 12 bar blues, 'Framed'.

Some harp driven classic Howlin' Wolf,  with 'Who's Been Talking', nice funky overtones and good guitar solo. Then moving on to a Peter Green classic 'Oh Well', drummer Craig kept the power house going. To finish off the evening a couple of R&B numbers 'Walking The Dog' and 'Treat Her Right' with an encore of 'Hoochie Coochie Man'.

A great evening's entertainment with classic 'Shakerboogie' rhythm and blues.

Rosy Greer - Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer      http://www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive
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Doctor Truth, 4th September 2014

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This five piece band based in the Manchester area have had a few changes to their personnel over the years, but now it seems they have settled down to incorporate the wonderful soul blues voice of Jocelyn Knight, who has an impressive CV, working in the past with M People no less.  With other top bands seeking her vocal services and for work in the recording studios this lady of the blues is busy making music.   Chris Roach on lead guitar is well known on the Manchester band scene, a musician who works his guitar with that picking Blues/Jazz feel at times. The rhythm section is as good as it gets with Rick Lacey on the drums and Mike Collinge on bass guitar.  Rick is a top musician, again a drummer who has many styles to suit the band type you can see him play in a few Northwest bands when the need arises. Mike Collinge a well-respected bassist and a perfect match for Rick that is hard to beat. Mike has a solid sound and an easy going style that lends itself to the blues genre. The one element that was missing from this impressive line-up was keys man Paul Ashton who was on holiday.  The band played original works off their CD “Code for the Road”.   Doctor Truth heels the soul, and a tonic for them blues.

Keith Blackledge.

National & International Music Reviewer.
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Stealer, 28th August 2014

STEALER are a four piece rock/blues cover band that pride themselves on performing authentic renditions of the vintage bands from the 60’s and 70’s. They do it with a no-nonsense matter of fact approach.  Steve Clegg lead vocal and frontman for the band is a veteran vocalist who thrives on the pub rock scene and the intimacy of the audience, he engages them with a little light banter has he introduces cover after classic cover.   Steve G on lead guitar is a class musician his rendition of Parisienne Walkway’s amongst others was spot on.  Steve B is their bass player and backing vocalist, he has a relaxed manner and his bass line on Keep on Running was brilliant, alongside him completing the rhythm section was Anthony Da Souza a hell of a drummer and he kept it together for the band, White Room, and Substitute and Fool For Your Loving stood out for me.  The classic covers kept coming, in their second set, The Seeker, Rosalee, and Wishing Well, and a lot more just fantastic.  This band gives you a show, the audience wanted more, and the band went home happy playing to a crowd that appreciates its classics.

Keith Blackledge

National and International Music Reviewer.
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