Nearly a year ago Bluesdoodles discovered two greats a venue and a guitarist and tonight they are re-united as Kirk Fletcher and his band once again stepped in front of the Alter at The convent to share with a much larger audience than last time reflecting the impact Kirk made in 2014 and far and wide via live-streaming from Netgig.
The Convent and audiences are ready!
Opening with an instrumental shuffle the band were chasing and capturing the tempo through the strings and beats; Wes Johnson on drums kept the twin guitarists, Kirk & Dudley upfront and in order and the rhythm section was full of funky bass interest thanks to Joe Sam on Bass. The instrumental was full of texture and tonal depths hinting at the stupendous musical journey we were all going to enjoy tonight as Kirk’s six strings explored the forms and structures of blues, soul and funk to create music that touched your musical inner core.
The guitar from Kirk was silky smooth with an inner steel as he explored the groove the tone grown, explored and played with by British Blues Award nominated guitarist Dudley Ross, at times it was a duel, others a compact of friendship and then the moments where the harmonies touched perfection. The tempo changed but there was a constant Kirk Fletcher delivery of scintillating riffs, licks, lead breaks and clever hooks for the bass to take the lead and explore the lower cadences and frequencies that Joe’s five-strings could develop. The version tonight of Bobby Womack’s I’m In Love was special full of feeling the emotions were held captive and then let free in a lead break from Kirk no one wanted to end; the passion rose as Dudley & Joe added layers of tonal excitement.
We heard and enjoyed the hefty drivin’ rhythms of My Turn, a song to really to get the juices running with some great interchanges between Dudley & Joe, featuring a Wah pedal Bass stunning!
This was a band that knew how to entertain with a modern fresh re-working of modern music engaging with the roots of the sound but never finding themselves trapped in a boring loop of conformity. Kirk was brilliant last year tonight he was scintillating he and his guitar were one it was a true communion of the power of music to talk to the heart of everyone who takes a moment to quieten their thoughts, engage with the flow of the sound and have a journey where emotional highs and lows explored. The whole set was phenomenal, the crowd tonight were privileged to be treated to such a masterclass in Blues musicianship by the whole band and Kirk he was sensational. The encore Let Me Have It was a tour-de-force and then the music died away for the last time.