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The Midlands

Barrelhouse Blues Band at The Victory, Hereford
Saturday 4th December 2004

Saturday 4th December and once again The Victory was host to yet another night of great R & B. Our guests were The Barrelhouse Blues Band from that breeding ground of blues music, The Black Country. Since 1993, the line up of:-

Barry Anderson – Bass Guitar
Phil Cunniffe – Drums
Colin Hughes – Guitar and vocals

have driven home R & B as it should be; loud, wild and meaningful - instilling a message full of enthusiasm throughout the midlands. We were treated to covers of ‘Take Me To The River’, Cream’s ‘Crossroads’, ‘White Room’ and ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, Spencer Davis’s ‘Somebody Help Me’, Roy Head’s ‘Treat Her Right’ amongst others and that was just the first set!

The second set vented The Who’s ‘I Can’t Explain’ - a version that took me back to 1965 when, at Brighton’s Chinese Jazz Club at the Aquarium adjacent to the Palace Pier, I saw that number performed live at a gig I can’t forget. The Who were in their infancy, raw but outrageous – other cover followed but Rory Gallagher’s ‘Messin’ With The Kid’ was outstanding. Such was the crowd’s hunger that at the finish three encores followed; the last – Chuck Berry’s ‘Johnny B Good’ had every glass and bottle in the house dancing where they stood.

Steve Wosket

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