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PAPA GEORGE and MICKY MOODY — Live in Staines

Award-winning bluesman PAPA GEORGE and legendary guitarist MICKY MOODY played a live concert at the fabulous STAINES RIVERSIDE CLUB on Thursday night. Rock vocalist and talented composer ALI MAAS joined them onstage as a special guest.

The duo played a selection of blues, rhythm and blues, soul and gospel songs that included some choice cover songs as well as a selection of Papa George’s own first-class numbers.

Songs like Little Feat’s “Sailin’ Shoes” had the crowd swaying along with its indolent lurching pace — the lethargic guitars and fervent passion of the lyrics penetrated every moment.

George’s fine picking on “You Can Love Yourself” ( by contemporary Delta blues artist Keb’ Mo’) was praiseworthy. As was the liquid bottleneck slide work from Micky.

Here George’s voice was wood-tar and old brandy seeing him perfectly capable of producing cream-hazelnut highs — husky-textured but sweet, sweet, sweet — from those incredible vocal folds.

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Papa George at Staines Riverside Club — here with Ali Maas

Jesus on the Mainline”  ( Ry Cooder)  was finely picked.

This gradually evolving Gospel number is a crowd favorite.

Encouraged to sing, the crowd at Staines joined-in enthusiasticall with the good-natured call and response.

Who likes John Lee Hooker?” cried Papa George. There was a yell of support so the musicians launched into “Crawling King Snake.

This a delta-blues song from the 1920’s that is almost always identified with Hooker. George’s voice on the piece was curmudgeonly and appropriately raw — but the guitarists had a whole lotta fun with the arrangement when they stumbled upon Muddy Waters’ “You Need Love” [the precursor to “Whole Lotta Love”]

The dynamic interaction and interdependence between these two consummate guitarists — plus their whiskey ‘n’ dry voices, with velvet textures — along with a canny song choice and the highlight ALI MAAS appearance — meant that this was a night to remember.

Words & Pictures: Neil Mach 2017 ©

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New Album from ROBIN BIBI

ROBIN BIBI is one of the best blues guitarists in the United Kingdom and paid his dues working with names lik Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Ben.E.King, The Pretty Things and Helen Shapiro. He launched the Robin Bibi Band in the late 1990s…

Bibi is an outstanding performer – much sought after at festivals and clubs — and often takes his guitar into the audience to play “Up close and personal” – even getting up on top of tables to play.

When we saw Bibi play in STAINES we described his guitar-play as “Melt in the air moments […] like miniature sonic tear-drops… with atmospheric blues vapour absorbed into each smoky chord.”

Now he is about to release his first album of original songs, titled “No More a Secret” [Friday 8th July on Ashwood Records] and is joined by Tony Marten (bass guitar/vox) and Craig Bacon (drums.) The recording has been given some extra wellie by the Blackjack Horns comprising of Gary Barnacle, Nik Carter and Jack Birchwood.

bibi 2We had a listen:

The disc begins with the coltish and bright track “Play!” This has elongated twists of grain starch guitar and some roughly-hewn vocals that are as rough ‘n’ raspy as a railroad track down Leflore County way. Add to that the shuffleboard beat and you got yourself a Biloxi moonshine party.

Then we find Bibi “In too Deep” with a chortling riff that chuckles and smiles.

There are sighs in there too, deeper down. So when he sings “You always keep me guessing...” We know that his feelings are fraught. This is about waiting and hesitating … The chorus rings out true and the pace is finger lickin ‘good. This is smoky ‘n’ blue.

Packing My Possessions” is another ta-ra heart-breaker. With meticulous guitar-play and those smoke-filled and hazy Blackjack horns coming in to alleviate the sense of despair. Yes, this is forlorn, but not necessarily sad. Although “icicles fall from trees like love melts to the ground.” Passionate and realistic, this is a heart-breaking treat that relinquishes its energies like a slow-burning fuse.

The album concludes with probably the strongest track “No Label on Me.” This reminds us very much of UK guitarist Larry Miller. The voice has a red berry acidity to it and the melody and lyrical content will surely remind you of the “Ain’t Got No/I Got Life” song from the “Hair” musical, made famous by Nina Simone. But this also has a burnt umber standpoint and slightly angry disposition. And that is why it bites so deep.

Want stinging sounds, poignant feelings and characterful guitar-work? This excellent blues guitarist and exciting singer / songwriter shows how us it’s done. Superior stuff!

For Fans of UK’s Larry Miller.

No More a Secret is out Friday 8th July

Words: @neilmach 2016 ©
Link: https://www.facebook.com/nomoreasecret/

Meantime, check out this old track BLUES by the Robin Bibi Band:

 

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Five Things This Week in Staines and Area

Los at The Hob, Staines

Los
Jan 28 2010
Hobgoblin
Staines

Hollow Limit

Hollow Limit
Jan 28 2010
Town Hall
Staines

Mother Hydra at Staines

Mother Hydra
Jan 31 2010
Hobgoblin
Staines

Robin BiBi Band

Robin Bibi
Jan 30 2010
Bluescene @ The Lion
Teddington


Kiln

Kiln
Jan 30 2010
Fox and Duck
Ham

Gemma Lawrence Trio – Staines Conservative Club

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The Gemma Lawrence Trio – She’s The Bossa

Under the watchful eye of Winston Churchill the sultry sounds of the Gemma Lawrence Trio trilled through the Staines Conservative Club bar. Gemma Lawrence was giving up her smoky best for a handful of true-blue blue-rinse blue-blood Tory ladies and their senior partners, who gave polite but mild applause. The atmosphere was, in every respect, ‘genteel’.

Gemma is a jazzy blues singer with leanings towards Country. A little bit country and a little bit rock n roll, if you like. In fact, she has recorded a Country album in Nashville with some of Tennessee’s musical royalty – including Gordon Mote. The trio is a guitar based combo, perhaps lacking the heartbeat of percussion at times, but never lacking direction or gusto.

The band includes singer/songwriter and all-round renaissance man Jonny Palmer on one guitar (together with his handy synth) along with Mark Dorsett and his fresh-faced blues-style pickin’ on the other.

But the main focus is on the classy lady Gemma and her slinky voice. Gemma reminded me of Diana Krall, not only in appearance but also in style. Like Diana, Gemma is able to ooze out those husky contralto lows and also the nerve tingling highs. Another piano based singer that came to my mind was Vonda Shepard, perhaps because of the mid-tempo jazzy familiarity of the sounds.

Gemma is very much the ‘band leader’ of the trio, constantly pointing direction and motivating the other musicians, getting things moving if needed or slowing things down when the mood requires. Her voice is strong, dense and smooth as an all-over cocoa butter body rub. Sticky and sweet. It gets right into all those aching places. The Southern U.S. swamplands are dark, mysterious places with hidden depths. And those Southern bars are smoky, sultry and  somewhat risky. These are the colours, smells and textures expressed in Gemma’s songs. Deep, deep lows are contrasted against ringing highs and cheerfully sweet melodies.

Gemma’s set started with the somewhat ironic ‘Stealers Wheel’ piece “Stuck in the Middle With You” (possibly more famous these days as a theme from the ‘Reservoir Dogs’.) This song kinda summed up what it was like playing the Staines Con Club on a cool quiet evening in Staines. “It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face…”

The set also included some old favourites like the Hoagy Carmichael ‘Georgia on My Mind’ or ‘Ventura Highway’, ‘Under The Broadwalk’ and even ‘Suspicious Minds’. I particularly liked the upbeat “I Saw Her Standing There” (one of my favourite Beatles numbers) and the Kenny Young / Drifters classic “Under the Boardwalk”.

At times I could have done without the ‘nuts and bolts’ being on show so much. You know the kind of thing, “Another key change now” or “We need more time here” or the fiddling with amps / mike stands etc. In my opinion music, like all craft, should magically conceal the hard work, grease, sweat and effort that goes into making it. The rough edges need to be smoothed out for public consumption. But, maybe I am being too harsh.

Stand out songs for me were the self penned “Always The Same”, a soothing and reliably efficient song (the delivery reminded me of Crystal Gayle,) and the Duffy/Hogarth track “Warwick Avenue”. It is a shame that Gemma didn’t include any Amy Whinehouse in her song-book too but maybe that would have been a step too far for the respectable members of the Con Club!

For funky, jazzy, smooth sounds, the Gemma Lawrence Trio can be thoroughly recommended. Catch them soon at a venue near you or you could see the trio at this years  Walton Soundfest.

© Neil_Mach
May 2009

www.myspace.com/gemmalawrencetrio

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Blue Fuses – Staines 28 MARCH

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SAT 28TH MARCH 2009 – JOLLY FARMER STAINES

The four piece line up of Noel, Doug, Pete and Will lasted 15 years from end of 1994 until 2009, when they became a power trio.

Originally a blues band (THE STAINES DELTA BLUES BAND), they now cover pretty much everything from AC/DC to Frank Zappa, via Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple. In other words, CLASSIC ROCK!

The band delivers a tight, highly entertaining performance, every time. This is not a band that hides in the corner apologising for its existence! They play for the sheer enjoyment of entertaining an audience.

The band has a secret penchant for anything by British Rockers ‘with a colour in their name’. Think pink, black and purple…

ADPONTES describes the band as “impressive guitar…a skilled and compelling live performance…”

See the entire BLUE FUSES Adpontes LIVE REVIEW here >>

Link:

http://www.bluefuses.co.uk/

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5 Things – This Week in Staines

1.

Rattling Good-Time Rock – Live in Staines

Albany Down Staines

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Down
Mar 19 2009
Hobgoblin
Staines


With THE DAQUIRIS

Albany Down can be counted on for pleasure and honest to goodness fun. Here is what ADPONTES had to say about this great band last time they came into town:

The sound of Albany Down is stripped-down-to-the-waist no nonsense rhythm and blues 70’s inspired Brit rock ( the feel of early ‘Free‘ or ‘John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers‘) but with a bit of jazz-funk to mix it up a little…very fine and accomplished performance…insistent guitar hooks, stripped down licks and rattling good-time rock…

Read the full Review here >>>

Link:


www.myspace.com/albanydownofficial

Buckle Up Staines


http://www.buckleuppromotions.com

2.

Authentic Jazz & Blues …  Live at Windsor

King Pleasure - Windsor

King Pleasure
and  The
Biscuit Boys
Mar 21 2009 8:00P
The Auditorium
Firestation Arts Centre
Windsor

“A shot of pure and authentic jazz and blues
from an era when swing was king” – Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2


Quite simply one of the most popular jazz & swing bands in the world, King Pleasure And TheBiscuit Boys have entertained countless thousands around the globe for years.

Rough, tough and always rocking, the legendary King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys’
off-the-wall stage show sometimes belies the fact that here is the finest,
most authentic Rhythm & Blues band ever.

http://www.myspace.com/kingpleasurethebiscuitboys

£12(GA) £10(Conc) £9(Mem)

http://www.firestationartscentre.com


3.

Exciting Grunge / Rock- Live in Staines

Kill The Baddies at Staines


Kill The Baddies
Mar 22 2009
Hobgoblin
Staines

Kill The Baddies formed in 2006 to fight evil and corruption with the power of ROCK! Formerly “And A Thousand Elephants”,

KTB have a breadth of experience playing live shows all over London and the South-East of England whilst based in Surrey.

Kill The Baddies have just finished their 5 track CD, “Who Is This Girl?”. Last year Kill The Baddies were invited to play at Guilfest, which turned out to be an absolutely storming show. A video should be ready soon!! ..

With THE LIKES OF US

Links:

http://www.myspace.com/killthebaddiesmusic

Buckle Up Staines


http://www.buckleuppromotions.com


4.

Live Covers Party Band – Live Windsor

Grouper at Windsor

Grouper
Mar 20 2009
Old Ticket Hall
Windsor

GROUPER play songs from Coldplay Travis The Strokes Stereophonics Wheatus Van Morrisson Wild Cherry James Brown Eagle Eye Cherry Toploader Steelers Wheel Kinks Beatles Dandy Warhols Lenny Kravitz Chilli Peppers Reef… AND MANY,MANY MORE! FOR MORE! + DJ PLAYING 80’s & 90’s HITS – BAR OPEN TILL 2AM

03-20-2009 21:00
THE OLD TICKET HALL, WINDSOR, SL4
Cost: £3

Link:

http://www.grouperband.co.uk/




5.

Classic Soul Sounds –  Live at Ascot

Soul Disciples at Ascot

Soul Disciples
Mar 21 2009
Jagz
Ascot

West London’s Soul Disciples came together late in 2005 with the express wish of bringing the classic soul sounds of the 60’s & 70’s to the dance floors of Britain.

Dismayed at the disservice these great tunes are being paid by many covers bands, we have resolved to make our interpretations as faithful to
the spirit of the originals as possible.

The soulful voice of Miss Clare “Bubbles” Moloney combined with the authentic soul sound of the SD band has to be witnessed to be believed.

The Soul Disciples constantly strive to instill their performances with the spirit and skill which made soul music of the 60’s & 70’s so exciting.

The SD’s have found themselves in the enviable position of having an 8-piece line-up which combines experience, virtuosity, personality & good looks …
All wrapped up with a shared love of Classic Motown, Atlantic, Stax & Northern Soul.

Saturday, 21st March
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7.30pm. £26 for 2 courses and entrance (£30 for 3 courses). Entrance for the bands is £8 but is strictly

limited and on a first come first served basis. Entrance for dining or just the band INCLUDES free entrance to the nightclub

Links:


http://www.jagz.co.uk

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Los – Hobgoblin Staines

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Thursday 19th February 2009

Los at staines

Self-obsession and self-absorption are not kind words for a band…but there is genius afoot here…so these guys can be
forgiven for being a tadge ‘up themselves’. Los is a trio of power-hungry power-rangers. Chris Hamilton (guitars) is the Paul
Benedict (Rev. Lindquist) of the tribe. He rallies and hounds the troops, biting heels like a sheep dog on the loose. Daniel Hale looks like a hairy 1974 version of Jeff Bridges (Thunderbolt & Lightfoot) and provides the substantial percussive element  and then we have the blonde heroine, Helen Sargent, on vocals and synthesizer. It wouldn’t be unfair to describe their sound as a kind of ‘Ting Tings’ for grown-ups with Chris playing the multi parted Jules De Martino character and Helen playing the Katie White role.

The band cites influences from the late Jeff Buckley, Led Zeppelin and Nirvana right through to Nina Simone. Note that all these artists are considered ‘serious’ as in highly academic and ‘significant’. But don’t imagine that Los mitigates any excitement just because they may possess a ‘Guardian Reader’ following and post-graduate credentials. They are more animated than words alone can describe! Think of an army of whirling dervishes together with a host of Cossacks playing rugby football together and you get close to the idea of the mayhem and energy of a Los gig.

Unusually, there is no bass guitar within the Los structure. So Helen provides (at times) some moody keyboard baselines to add some darker colours to the overall texture. But the ace of bass ain’t all that, especially when the extraordinary guitar-work of Chris is enough to satisfy any cravings you may have for deeper contextual tones.  There are imaginative chord  progressions aplenty and occasional funk or jazz elements springing up like unexpected fireworks. The total effect is more substantial than pop art or art-rock … more like the musical equivalent of heavy-duty sculpture.

The melodies are often hidden beneath swathes of disproportionate energy like a nutmeg might be hidden under several layers of a daunting crinoline Elizabethan petticoat. And the organic and frenzied drumming from Daniel is demonstrated like a kids magic show- with sleight-of-hand and colourful tricks, conjured up from nothing, for the adoring crowd.

Softly creeping up on you like a bar-lounge lizard, some of the gentle songs seem to sweetly hypnotize and mystify you and,
before you know where you are, they suck you into their cruel world like a cephalopod might devour her prey- captured and
drained- drawn in by unseen suckers. Without knowing, your are about to be digested in bite sized chunks. It is at these moments when Helen comes into her own and, at the high points, her soulful vocals can be favourably compared to the work of some mighty divas such as Doris Troy.

One of my favourite Los numbers is ‘Ba Ba Ba’. This song is about missing someone so badly that it messes with your head. We
all know the feeling. The rat-a-tat percussive elements from Daniel Hale and the stunts performed by Chris are, this time, outshone by the sheer drama of Helen’s singing. Her face a series of contortions and extortions, she gurns her way through the number and you can share her anxiety and suffering. In fact, you might even somehow feel to blame for the pain of living through it all. My, my…this lot could probably qualify for some sort of Arts Council grant with all those theatricals and histrionics going on.

My only (small) criticisms are that I would like to have seen Chris play ‘to the crowd’ rather than to his band-mates. He seemed, to me, to be too shy to face his audience and too self-conscious to be part of the act. I would also have liked to have heard a lot more keyboard work from Helen. Frankly, it seems a pity to bring your synth all that way and then let it become a shelf for your drinks.

But, all-in-all, this was a powerful piece of work by a great three-part talent. A tipping point maven trap for any person who may genuinely want to witness artistic, non formulaic, rock and jazz-laced blues.

© Neil_Mach
Feb 2009

Reverend Lindquist
[
Rev Linquist]

Link:

www.myspace.com/wearelos

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