Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015

 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Northsyde @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Stark @ The Convent, Stroud – December 2015
Chantel McGregor @ The Tunnels Bristol – December 2015
Waterboys @ Colston Hall, Bristol – December 2015
Planet Rockstock 
Jamie Smith’s Mabon @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff – November 2015
The Grahams @ The Convent, Stroud via Netgig November 2015
Spikedrivers ~ Pontardawre Arts Centre – Pontardawre November 2015
Joe Satriani with special guest Dan Patlansky ~ Live at St David’s Hall, Cardiff Nov 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Steve Hackett ~ Live at Colston Hall Bristol October 2015
Joe Bonamassa Live @ Motorpoint, Cardiff October 2015
Glenn Hughes & Special Guest Jared James Nichols @ Robin 2, Bilston – October 2015
Steve Earle @ Colston Hall Bristol – October 2015
Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons @ St Davids Hall Cardiff October 2015
Simon Campbell & Suzy Starlite @ The Convent, Stroud – September 2015
Crosby Stills & Nash @ The Motorpoint, Cardiff – September 2015
Kirk Fletcher @ The Convent Club, Stroud – September 2015
Aynsley Lister @ The Tunnels, Bristol – August 2015
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015Babajack & Marcus Bonfanti @ The Cube, Malvern – July 2015
Cara Dillon @ The Convent Club, Stroud
James Hunter Six @ The Lantern, Colston Hall, Bristol
Brother Strut @ The Globe Cardiff, July 2015
Coolhand Album Launch @ The Globe, Cardiff July 2015
The Jar Family @ The Convent Club, Stroud, July 2015
Amy Wadge & Pete Riley @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Elvis Costello @ St David’s Hall, July 2015
Suzanne Vega @ Colston Hall, July 2015
Dave Arcari @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale June 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Doug MacLeod @ The Convent Nr, Stroud, Glos June 2015
Blues on The Farm
Ben Poole supported by The Della Grants @ The Flowerpot, Derby May 2015
Larry Miller @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale May 2015
Dana Fuchs Live @ The Tunnels, Bristol May 2015
Gill Landry Guest of Laura Marling @ Colston Hall May 2015
Kara Grainger: Live @ The Convent Club May 2015
Beth Hart: Live @ Colston Hall May 2015
Dan Patlansky with Tristan MacKay Opening @ The Borderline, London April 2015<a
Mike and The Mechanics @ St David’s Hall. Cardiff April 2015
Band Of Friends @ The Globe, Cardiff April 2015
Duke Garwood @ The Louisiana, Bristol April 2015
Kenny Wayne Shepherd @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Ben Poole @ City Hall, Salisbury, April 2015
Grand Opening @The Convent Club, Stroud, April 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Tunnels, Bristol March 2015
The Handsome Family @ The Globe, Cardiff March 2015Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2015
Ian Siegal @ The Flowerpot, Derby – March 2015
Oysterband @ The Garage, Swansea – March 2015
King King with support from Laurence Jones @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2015
Joan Armatrading @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
10cc @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – March 2015
JAKS & Introducing Stage @ Great British Blues Festival ~ Skegness 2015 – January 2015
Thomas Ford @ West End Club Barry
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff – February 2015
Marcus Bonfanti @ The Prince Of Wales, Ledbury – February 2015
Chantel McGregor @ Beaufort Ballroom, Ebbw Vale – Jan 2015
Paul Carrack @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff
Johnny Cash Roadshow @ St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

GIG & FESTIVAL REVIEWS 

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016

FESTIVALS

Rock & Blues Weekend – Friday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Saturday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
Rock & Blues Weekend – Sunday – Butlins Skegness – January 2016
HRH Blues – O2 Academy Sheffield – April 2016
Blues On The Farm Pump Bottom Farm – June 16th – 19th June
Steelhouse, Ebbw Vale July 2016
Old Bush Blues, Callow End August 2016
3rd UK Blues Challenge @ Robin 2 November 2016
Planet Rockstock 2016 @Trecco Bay – December 2016

Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016GIGS

Alter Bridge with support from Like A Storm – Gojira – Volbeat @ Motorpoint Cardiff – Nov 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Tunnels, Bristol – November 2016
Black Stone Cherry @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff, November 2016
Planet Rock Roadstars – Aaron Keylock, Federal Charm, SIMO @ The Globe, Cardiff – November 2016
Beth Hart @ Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
Ian Siegal – Twenty Five Years Touring @ The Convent, Stroud November 2016
Saxon, Fastway GirlsSchool @O2Bristol November 2016
UFO @Tramshed Cardiff November 2016
Walter Trout, Jared James Nichols @Tramshed Cardiff October 2016
The Tubes @The Globe Cardiff October 2016
Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia & Will Wilde @ The Scene, Swansea September 2016
Sari Schorr & The Engine Room@ The Tunnels, Bristol – September 2016
Mitch Malloy @ The Globe, Cardiff – September 2016
The Dead Daisies @DCU Centre Worcester, Massachusetts – September 2016
Devon Allman @ The Scene Swansea – August 2016
LaVendore Rogue @The Convent, Stroud – August 2016
Sisters Bring Blues and Friendship To The Convent – July 2016
Lisa Mann – The Convent via netgig, July 2016
Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion @ Colston Hall, Bristol – July 2016Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016
Kaz Hawkins Band @ The Convent, June 2016
Vintage Trouble – The Tramshed Cardiff June 2016
Joe Louis Walker -The Convent June 2016
Michael Messer’s Mitra – The Convent – June 2016
Tristan McKay opening for Dan Patlansky – The Globe, Cardiff June 2016
Bonnie Rait – Colston Hall, Bristol June 2016
JJ Grey & Mofro – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Ian Siegal & Jimbo Mathus – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Stevie Nimmo Trio & Ben Poole Band – the Flowerpot, Derby May 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016King King supported by Dan Patlansky – Civic Centre, Salisbury May 2016
King King, Dan Patlansky & Cake – Salisbury May 2016
Simon McBride – The Tunnels, Bristol May 2016
Gov’t Mule – O2 Academy, Bristol May 2016
Magnum – Tramshed, Cardiff May 2016
Ryan McGarvey – The Scene Swansea May 2016
Yes – Colston Hall, Bristol May 2016
Fish – Robin 2, Bilston May 2016
Chris Cornell – Colston Hall, Bristol April 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Dr. John Cooper Clarke – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
Hawkwind – Tramshed, Cardiff April 2016
JW Jones – The Garage, Swansea April 2016
The Sheepdogs with support from The People The Poet – The Globe, Cardiff
Karnataka – The Globe, Cardiff – April 2016
Tracer, Federal Charm & Everyday Circus – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Reef & Tax The Heat – Tramshed, Cardiff March 2016
Ian Siegal – ‘The Lantern Colston Hall – Bristol Jazz Festival March 2016
King King with support Laurence Jones – @ The Globe, Cardiff – March 2016
Mary Coughlan – @ Roots Unearthed – St David’s Hall, Cardiff, March 2016
Jack Savoretti – supported by Earl – @ Tramshed, Cardiff – March 2016
Bluesdoodles Listening to Live Music 2016Devon Allman – supported by Kev Andrews @ The Flowerpot Derby – February 2016
Inglorious – supported by Ali Clinton @ The Flowerpot, Derby – February 2016
Runrig @ Colston Hall – February 2016
King King, Terrorvision & Thunder @ Colston Hall – February 2016
Whiskey Myers opening For Cadillac Three @ Tramshed, Cardiff – February 2016
Inglorious Opening For The Winery Dogs @ O2 Academy, Bristol – February 2016
RavenEye @ Fuel Rock Club, Cardiff – January 2016
Oyster 3 @ St Davids Hall, Cardiff – January 2016

Ben Poole support Della Grants Live @ The Flowerpot

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Ben Poole Band with support from Della Grants
Flowerpot, Derby
30th May 2015

 

 

Once again, RAWpromo have delivered an evening of quality live music that bought summer fun to The Flowerpot opening with a young band who once again impressed me with a mighty fine set, reaffirming the thoughts I had when I heard them back in January on the Introducing stage, Rock & Blues Weekend in Skegness. On a crowded stage the Della Grants, a four piece Della Grants - Flowerpot - May 2015_0081lband delivering their own brand of blues they have knitted together combining rocky beats, with swampy harp and a pair of vocalist who shape the vocals so that you are held in the sway of the song. Tonight we were treated to a selection of self-penned numbers that are on their debut album Time For Change; though they did also include a wonderful cover of a Keb Mo’s Am I Wrong, with Tom taking over on the vocals that suited his voice adding another tonal colour and range to an entertaining set. We heard a new slide guitar number Back Biter Blues that certainly had a bite that hooked you in as the glass slide made the strings have a singing tone and Max’s glorious vocal tones a mix of a young Marcus Bonfanti meeting Ian Siegal full of warmth and that snarl that makes blues work. The highlight though was Greed To Feed a number that had that special element that makes it stand out from the crowd and definitely single material. Look out for Della Grants, get your local venue to book them they will delight you with the music that flows whether fast, slow or with a rocky tempo as they mingle and merge Blues and Rock n’ Roll to great effect.

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Ben Poole - Flowerpot - May 2015_0078lAfter a short break and time to reflect on the quality of the opening act Ben Poole, closing his current tour of 55 gigs in 9 countries, stepped on the stage with his band and it was ready steady go for a guitar spectacular as they delivered song after song building the energy in The Flowerpot tonight. The set list was a stylish, accomplished mix of Ben Poole’s own numbers and re-arrangements of songs that fitted seamlessly into the flow of the music. Always a stand out number, Nobody No More that bends and blends Ben’s stellar guitar playing with emotional lyrics of pain with a guitar solo that guarantees, Ben will always be a guitar player that hits the right groove every time. No guitarist can deliver his fiery magic without a band that adds to the power and depth of tone his rhythm section delivered with Sam Wade on drums, though the cymbals did at times over power the stage at this small venue and Brad Davies on bass who certainly keep the deep note groove going. Ben Poole tonight nailed every song he played his many fans were enthralled and new ones delighted to be in the company of blues guitar played with poise and timing as the tempo ebbed and flowed. However good recorded music is, even if it is a live concert like Ben’s latest, Live At The Royal Albert Hall, they do not have the zinging fresh feel of watching a band live with all the quirks of playing in front of an audience. Tonight it was Sam Mason on keys who had to cope with the gremlins as one of his keyboards faded away during a lengthy absorbing reworking of the now blues classic number Have You Ever Loved a Woman with the Ben Poole stamp firmly placed on a rendition that many of the audience proclaimed the best they have ever heard.
Ben Poole - Flowerpot - May 2015_0087lFinishing the evening with a fitting jam of BB King Numbers we all thought about the power that is Riley and how he will live forever at live music venues across the world. Ben Poole is one of the many fine blues guitarists playing across U.K. and Europe that have energy, style, skills and that blues magic dust that makes his show a tingling good event.

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Aynsley Lister Band with Support from Rita Payne

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The Flowerpot, Derby
12th December 2014

Rita Payne - The Flowerpot - Dec 2014 - _0032lAn acoustic duo from Doncaster opened who delighted with a number of meaningful self-penned lyric driven tunes that straddle the genres, combining country with folk, swirling in some blues and combine this powerful cocktail with a generous measure of Rita Payne eccentricities creating a sound that is easy on the ear and brings pleasure to the audience who enjoy live music with an edge. Rita Payne - The Flowerpot - Dec 2014 - _0005lThey deliver some interesting covers, Rhiannon who plays guitar, suitcase bass and sings accompanied by Peter who sings and plays a scintillating tambourine they are Rita Payne producing live music that makes you smile. We heard among the varied set, Sail Boat and The Patchwork Song. Demonstrating a great rapport with each other on stage that warms the audience to the music which can be found on their current EP We Are Getting There, Aren’t We? A superb start to the evening.

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Aynsley Lister - The Flowerpot - Dec 2014 - _0059lShort break, and Aynsley walked on stage and was warmly welcomed back to The Flowerpot, accompanied with his band Andre Bassing on keys and a rhythm section, Steve Amadeo, Bass and Beoneto Dtzyden, Drums that provides a solid base for Aynsley to make his guitar swish with imaginative licks full if zing. The set list was one favourite after another as he mixed the old with the new from his award-winning album Home, when you hear these tracks live you realise how special they are from the title track, Insatiable, Inside Out and Hyde 262; it is understandable why this was the album of the year for many.

Aynsley Lister - The Flowerpot - Dec 2014 - _0002lThe popular tracks certainly got the music pumping in your veins, whether the stylish instrumental, Quiet Boy or a song dedicated to Sid on the mixing desk – Sound Man; and the question Aynsley always asks What’s It All About? Tonight it was all about musicianship and a band of musicians loving every moment they were delivering music to a crowd that wanted to listen, we had keyboard playing from Andre which took your breath away or as was ironically understated by a member of the audience to Aynsley “He’s quite good really”

Aynsley Lister - The Flowerpot - Dec 2014 - _0025lAynsley also delivered some classy blues he is a guitarist who delivers the notes with a simplicity he has a subtlety in his approach as he re-models the blues adding some Lister tweaks that gives the music a unique tone.
The encore was a request and he duly delivered Purple Rain, he has made this Prince track his own and a superb way to end the evening that was from beginning to the end live music at its best.

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Stevie Nimmo @ The Flowerpot Derby

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The Flowerpot, Derby with RAWPromo
22nd November 2014

 

 

Ali Clinton Band - The Flowerpot - Nov 2014_0222lAli Clinton Band opened the evening of live music at The Flowerpot tonight, along with the excellent choice in real ale we’re in for a high-octane rock driven set delivered with confidence and raw talent from this young band. Upfront delivering red-hot full-throttle guitar is Ali Clinton. This is a young band in a hurry to be noticed and they should be as they deliver a high quality set full of rock that is gritty, melodic and at times a dirty guitar sound. This was a great time to promote their new EP and this was successfully achieved a real reflection to the quality of music we heard as they sold out of all their copies and leaving people signing up for when they get some more. They delivered a mix of self-penned numbers including Second Time Around and Leave Me Alone and a couple of covers Deep Purple’s, Black Knight and a wonderful medley of Led Zeppelin. This is a must-go-and-see band and you will not be disappointed as they just keep getting better delivering guitar driven rock.

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Stevie Nimmo Trio - The Flowerpot - Nov 2014_0048lThe ever popular Stevie Nimmo trio were given a rousing welcome back to The Flowerpot, we knew this was going to be a full-on electric no holds barred dynamic blues from the elder half of the Nimmo brothers. This new project is full of excitement, his natural way with the crowds, full of banter combined with guitar playing and his vocals with a grittier edge no wonder everyone was full of delight to be listening to a set full of music. This is a trio that really works with Stevie out front and then a rhythm section that understand each other and deliver every note on the musical journey of the songs delivered with Craig Bacon, Drums and Matt Beable, Bass. This is a trio who love playing together with some fantastic interplay between them creating a wall of sound deceptively simple to enjoy but made from layers of tones and textures. The stars of the show were the lead breaks from Stevie on guitar combined with his vocals, making this trio stand out from the crowded arena of electric blues. We had a glorious rendition of Big George’s, who as a huge influence on Stevie, The Storm. I loved Good Day for the Blues from Stevie’s latest album The Wynds of Life and the other tracks that were given electric treatment tonight.

Electric blues were really showcased with class tonight at The Flowerpot, Derby this is a trio that delights every time.

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Ian Siegal and The Mississippi Mudbloods @The Garage, Islington

Ian Siegal and The Mississippi Mudbloods @ The Garage, Islington 8th May 2013


The support tonight was provided by a micro version of Dave Migden & The Dirty Words, comprising Dave accompanied by guitarist Joe Gibson, and what a fine duo they make delivering some superb covers including Taj Mahal’s ‘Fishing Blues’ interspersed with stripped back versions of numbers from ‘Killing It’, their recent acclaimed CD; with Reverend Jack Crow being quite sublime in this pared back acoustic version. This was a great performance including some new tracks demonstrating once again why they are storming the circuit at the moment and were definitely an ideal opening act, with Dave’s voice and their own unique and stylish take on the blues, for the only UK gig of Ian Siegal and The Mississippi Mudbloods. This was a sizzling evening which started on top form as the band opened up with ‘Picnic Jam’; featuring Luther’s slide guitar skills and great harmonising interplay between Ian and Luther. And layered on top of this wall of sound is Ian’s voice what a start to a set that just got better and better with the bar being constantly raised as they just played to ever higher standards. This is a band that enjoys the music and interplay between them and they never forget that it is audience they have to please so this is not a self-indulgent performance but one that takes the crowd with them who enjoyed every note and would have been happy if there had been no curfew and the band could have played on through the night.

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The performance of ‘I am The Train’, which has developed into a great live number and is simply just fantastic and shows why this track has been nominated in the 2013 British Blues Awards, shows why the song has become synonymous with the latest album ‘Candy Store Kid’; This format with Luther on guitar allows Ian freedom that is not always available in the trio format, so his voice can really dominate and the extra guitar gives another layer of sound and when Luther plays the slide there is a rawness that slinks and slithers you all the way back to the darkest depths of a dirty prehistoric swamp… with the support of a superb rhythm section comprising Cody Dickinson (drums) and Carwyn Ellis (bass) to complete the sound sketching that draws you ever deeper into the darkness of a swampy bayou; as evidenced by the low down dirty rendition of ‘King Fish’. Then my head almost exploded as an old Siegal favourite ‘She’s Got The Devil in Her’ hit the airwaves; which has appeared on many a live set list and always performed differently as the story and musical techniques are developed – tonight was a simply superb version – for me it was sex on a guitar! The ending of for me an all too short set was a jam with Luther being experimental with the creative use of feedback creating a hauntingly effect an resulted in an unexpected creative finish. The evening would not have been complete without Ian; finishing with a moving tribute to Big George a truly fine Glaswegian bluesman, who has been an important part of Ian’s life; ‘Take a walk in The Wilderness’. The encore a clever rendition of ‘Hard Pressed’; with various tunes threaded through including Prince’s Sign of The Times; and closing with a beautiful version of ‘Forever Young’… phew what a fizzing evening of music which delivered the full gamut of emotions, the atmosphere was hot and steamy and everyone was energized by a great event of live music.
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There is no doubt that the music played tonight by both acts is blues that is relevant modern and the sound of now, it is not trying to recreate a sound of yesteryear but taking the genre to places that need to be explored. This is music that is a live sound thus firmly rooted to the original bluesmen and women who toured and played to live audiences using equipment and techniques available; think what their talent would be producing if they had the resources available in the twenty-first century! I am pretty darn sure it would be very different from the traditional and dare I say it often bluesy Blues being produced by bands that are scared to loosen the apron strings of ‘blues tradition….

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Missed this brilliant gig – Ian Siegal and The Mississippi Mudbloods are back in UK later this year appearing at various venues including at Gloucester Guildhall, 7th November 2013 The Flowerpot, Derby on 8th November 2013, courtesy of RAW Promo and Carlisle Rock & Blues Festival 8 – 10th November 2013, which includes two performances including the Mudbloods unplugged.

Larry Miller – Flowerpot, Derby

Larry Miller - Flowerpot, Derby

Larry Miller – Flowerpot, Derby

Yet again the Flowerpot have found the right artist for that dead zone between Christmas and New Years Eve, that kept the partying spirit alive with Larry as ever on fine form full of energy and lots of chat with an audience that were definitely there for a good time. Larry was his usual ebullient self full of witty dialogue and ready for a good time combined with some skilful and awesomely good guitar playing and his voice was in tip top form. As usual Larry was loud and brash and played old favourites such as ‘‘Mad Dog’; and included ‘Outlaw Blues’ re-arranged as an acoustic number demonstrating slide guitar skills on an old 1931 National.. Larry never sold his CD’s he let the music do that for him combining strong guitar playing that draws comparison with the great late Rory Gallagher, as he so deftly showcased with a real crowd pleaser Rory Gallagher’s ‘Cruel World’ and his take on Hendrix’s ‘Voodoo Chile’. The real stars of the night were not these late great iconic musicians but Larry and his solid foundation of a band creating their own style, the Miller way with the core element of ‘Storm Warning’ including Derek White (Bass) & Ian Salisbury (Keys) and good old Simon Baker (Drums). The whole set was a masterclass in live music full of energy, vitality with every song played with a freshness. This was a band delivering the music they love because they want to play. Tonight, whether you were hearing Larry for the umpteenth time or the first you were treated to Larry’s guitar playing with all that verve and energy, no wonder people said that this guy should be a superstar. Larry is a superstar on the live music circuit at festivals and venues across Britain he entertains everyone with his rip-roaring rocket propelled guitar playing as witnessed during this exhibition of controlled aggression of the highest class. What a great night out, proving once again that live music is unbeatable and as usual Larry had the crowd eating out of his hand from beginning to end with his mesmerising take on rock Blues – the song that sums him up as ‘When The Bluesman Walked The Earth’ Larry is that man and is definitely high in the constellation of excellence – of what a brilliant last gig of 2012 and a reminder why there will be many more in 2013.

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