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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.

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 ©

Link: https://www.facebook.com/StainesRiversideClub/



CASE HARDIN — Live in Staines

You didn’t see it. You weren’t there. You can only imagine — You shoulda been there, man…

For those people who still support live music in Staines, last night’s show at the RIVERSIDE CLUB was a treat.

The terrific CASE HARDIN were in town — they are signed to Clubhouse Records, named after a character in Boston Teran’s thriller “God Is A Bullet” and onto their fourth album “Colours Simple.”

This was the standout gig of the year.

We had already seen this band [whose main songwriter Pete Gow has been described by Q magazine as “a songwriter like no other”] at the “Down By The Riverside” blue-grass night. Then we were totally immersed in the Vermilion River muddiness, and the sweetly drooled guitar. We thought their songs “convinced and anointed us...”

We have been looking forwards to the return of these Americana & country rock paragons.

Case Hardin - lyrics were filled with potential heartache. Every note shook us with emotion upset... Photo Credit: @neilmach 2016 ©
Case Hardin – lyrics were filled with potential heartache. Every note shook us with emotion upset… Photo Credit: @neilmach 2016 ©

After a rousing start, the band brought us into a private world of feverish imagination — “Fiction Writer” — one of a selection of numbers from the new songbook.

This brushed across the room, soft yet edgy. The lyrics were filled with potential heartache. Every note shook us with emotional upset.

We also enjoyed “First to Know”  — the ever-building song from the “Every Dirty Mirror” album that includes the scrabble word “stanchions.”     The choppy texture of guitar on this number reminded us of Denny Laine.

After discussing the merits of Scottish gin [Isle of Harris is apparently taken with a slice of pineapple on the Outer Hebrides ] we savoured the hoppy upbeat number “The Streets are Where the Cars Are (The Bars are Where the Girls Will Be.)

This has super-efficient keyboard work from Roland and schmaltzy lines of guitar from the talented Jim Maving. This band’s sounds are distinctively dry with a peppery aftertaste and gooseberry hints. Maybe HARDIN CASE are the musical equivalent of a sip of gin on the bitter Western Isles

“Warren Zevon is a great inspiration and influence for us.”
“Warren Zevon is a great inspiration and influence for us.”
After the break the band returned to treat us to a selection of acoustic covers. They ventured “into the crowd” — up-close and personal. It was a moving experience. The first song they played was “Carmelita”.

Warren Zevon is a great inspiration and influence for us.” Said vocalist and frontman Pete Gow. “And if you don’t know who he is — then maybe the last hour has been a complete mystery to you…

This number was brilliantly performed and properly ardent.In fact, it was the most exciting song of the night. Tim Emery played upright bass [“Cor that’s a big one...” shouted one wisecracker) while Roland Kemp, the band keyboardist played timbrel and provided sweet backing vocals.

If you can imagine something like the poetry of Bob Dylan peformed with the heart of Tom Petty and, perhaps, the merest hint of super-dry Johnny Cash with the fruitful finish of Leonard Cohen, then you might get somewhere near to the angled beauty and detailed instrumentation of CASE HARDIN.

But, in reality, these guys are like nothing else …

It’s a shame — you were not there!

Words & Images: Neil Mach 2016 ©




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KAT & Co — Live in Staines

KAT & CO introduce their audience to an expressive musical style… reminiscent of the Blues tradition — for example, they employ cigar box guitar, washboard, shakers etc — but they also focus on the gradual transition of the blues by developing something that is far more sophisticated and is, very obviously, ‘night-club ready.’

Their songs exude class and they commonly focus on metropolitan life. Using contemporary beats and modern production techniques they create a sound that they can safely claim is rare and distinct.

We saw Kat & Co [Kathleen Pearson on lead vocals and assorted percussion, Francesco Accurso on guitar, Federico Parodi on the keys, Nick Owsianka on drums and Marco Marzola on bass] at our local live music venue — the wonderful Riverside Club in Staines.

Kat & Co - extremely high quality & ultra-shiny ...
Kat & Co – extremely high quality & ultra-shiny …

How ya doing Riverside?” Yelled the blues singer Kat, in her drawl. She comes from a long line of Gospel singers, Blues hummers and Soul vocalisers and her fine pedigree shows. She mews, squeaks, howls and purrs in all the right places. A consummate performer, she commanded the stage in Staines. She is incredibly omniscient. In fact, at regular intervals, she stepped away from the others, so that the audience could focus on the detail and the realization of her band, who played with extraordinary skill and exciting emotion.

Songs included a couple of covers, but most were original numbers from the first album “I Kat the Blues – Kat & Co” including the track recorded with Mud Morganfield (the eldest son of Muddy Waters ) and titled “Paying My Dues.”

The male vocals were provided by Francesco. This song was crawling with organ notes, filled with shards of guitar and, of course, the smoke and husky passion of Kat on lead vocals. The guitar-work on this number, and others in their repertoire, was elegant and highly strung. It reminded us of Santana.

I Kat the Blues - Kat & Co
I Kat the Blues – Kat & Co

The band also played some fresh numbers from their forthcoming album, details yet to be announced.

One of our favourite songs was “Your Own Sweet Way” which had comfortable folds of synth and slowly stepping drums. The buttery-smooth guitar enveloped Kat’s raspy and slightly fragile voice — reminding us of Macy Gray. Well, that is, until she reached those dramatic highs.Then the theatricality and power reminded us of Tina Turner.

What a real pleasure this show in Staines was!

The second part of the show (after the raffle) was slightly superior, more gutsy and rootsy. The musicians loosened up, and the passion seemed authentic.

If you like extremely high quality & ultra-shiny blue / jazz acts then I strongly recommend that you catch Kat & Co when they are playing at a venue near you. They play the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May and the Ealing Blues Festival in July plus regular dates throughout the year. Check their site for details.

Once again we must thank the people at the Riverside Club Staines for hosting such a high-caliber, highly visual and absolutely unforgettable evening.

Words & Photos: @neilmach 2016 ©
Link: https://www.facebook.com/KathleenPearsonandCompany

Shifty Little Sister

Shifty Little Sister is a 4 piece band from Surrey.

Comprising of Christina Al-Wakil (vocals) Moby Pomerence (guitar) David Knowles (bass) and Tony Chick (drums).

They play an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, and fruity Latin grooves.

Christinas voice is deep and mysterious. And so damned slinky.  It sizzles
Christinas voice is deep and mysterious. And so damned slinky. It sizzles
The first time we saw this band was at the Riverside Club, Staines.

It was an experience that we have not forgotten!

The organizers were very happy that SLS just slotted in at the last moment (for another band) – but they played a wonderful show.

The centre piece of the performance was the curvaceous voice of Christina.

But if that wasn’t enough … she also played some wonderful twisting, yielding trumpet. What a star!

Songs like ‘I Said It’ have tidy rhythms and agile guitars.

These enhance the super-smooth vocal performances of Christina.

Her  voice is deeply mysterious. And so damn slinky. It sizzles.

As pure as a black negligee – the vocal hangs around the accompaniment – before temptingly dropping lower – to reveal even more bendsome and voluptuous charms.

You’ve got to check this band out.

@neilmach © 2014

Link: https://www.facebook.com/shiftylittlesister

Riverside Club, Staines,
6 Laleham Road, Staines, Surrey TW18 2DX

Also check them at Jagz Ascot, Berkshire SL5 9EG

Hanging Tree Band – Staines Riverside Club

Fire on the mountain, run boys run…

After a clunky start the Hanging Tree Band settled down to provide a generous concert in ‘three halves’ at the Riverside Club, Staines. For those with a keen ear for bariolage and a predilection for folk and rebel songs, this concert was a treat. For those who just enjoy a toe-tapping evening and a jubilant jig,  this was a joy.

The HTB is a duo. Gangling, lanky ‘front man’ Francis MacNamara simply amazes with the violin and provides most of the voice. He also pulls out some whistles for a couple of songs.  Daffydd Tavinor seated throughout, plays guitar and sings too.  But above all, he provides the percussive element, with hits, punches and chops on guitar – performed like a flamenco player-  and he also thrums a djambe drum or taps a tambo from time-to-time.

The two singers are balanced, and although not surprisingly good, however, are ready and effective in their delivery. (Although, to be fair, the sound quality of their vocals may have had more to do with the poor microphones they were using on the night rather than limitations with their vocal ability.)  For comparisons think ‘The Pogues’ mixed with the ‘Foggy Mountain Boys’. Abundant lyrical melodies and purposeful harmonies provided a fresh and lively show.

Standard fayre included crowd pleasers like “Whiskey in the Jar” and “The Irish Rover”, but the band often amazed the happy crowd with sensitive and riveting versions of songs like “Paint It, Black” (The Rolling Stones) and “Eleanor Rigby” (The Beatles). They even performed their own hummable version of “Jolene” (Dolly Parton) – sung by Daffydd.

Throughout the concert, Francis provided convincing and blazing violin. From pulsating vibrato to wistful harmonics, his ‘rate of attack’ can be alarmingly fast (jigs) and yet at other times eloquently drawn out (ballads), with plenty of show-off shuffles along the way. Obviously, he could perform fiddle attacks on songs like “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”  (Charlie Daniels Band)  but was also highly entertaining in songs like “Ring of Fire” (Johnny Cash) where the violin sensually entwines and weaves around the guitar, illuminating the melody. Striking fluctuations in tempo were often achieved and HTB were equally at home in the jazz/light pop world as they were in folk/country territory. For example, “Ain’t No Sunshine” (Bill Withers) allowed the duo to  show off their sensitive side and create some catchy and complex textures.

A thoroughly enjoyable performance, and I hope these boys find time to ‘Hang Out’ in Staines again soon!

© Neil_Mach
August 2010



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