Lavendore Rogue

Chris James & Martin Fletcher

27th January 2017
Gig Review

A capacity crowd at Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club were treated to an unforgettable evening of captivating entertainment on Friday , this was the kind of event that makes live music so memorable and so worth celebrating. Chris James & Martin Fletcher opened proceedings with a set of fine acoustic blues, Chris’s haunting soulful voice and guitar playing, and Martin’s Blues Harp have long been a favourite of mine and Friday only reinforced that opinion.

It has been a long time in the making to agree the slot for LaVendore Rogue , not everything the band plays can be classed as “authentic blues”, but they are fine musicians that perform a brilliantly entertaining mixture of blues and other genres, and it was well worth the wait and the decision.

The band had the audience spellbound right from the first number with a great mix of vocals, lead guitar, Hammond organ + keyboards, Bass, and Drums, JoJo Burgess has a stage presence and vocal style that is unique and hypnotic, Joel Fisk has long been one of my favourite guitarists, and has been nominated for “Best Guitarist” award several times. His versatility and generosity of style compliment whichever line up he is with. Warren Lynn on keys, Stephen Percy Cutmore on drums, and my mate Rob Tank Tank Barry on Bass combine to provide a great performance that had the audience dancing from early in the first set.

Great to see people from the other local blues clubs there as well, Darlington R&B Club, Saltburn Blues Club, Guisborough Rhythm & Blues Club, Redcar Rhythm & Blues Club, Peterlee, and Hartlepool were all present. The evening also attracted a few local notable blues musicians, which is always a good sign. Special mention to CDB Production Solutions team for the fantastic sound and lighting that complimented and enhanced the experience.

John Finlayson

Many thanks to John Finlayson and Darran Moore for the superb images and video footage.

Jo Jo Burgess
Chris James & Martin Fletcher