reviews

from Sedgefield Blues Club

Stan the Band + Chris James and Martin Fletcher
May 2019

Great night on Friday with two local acts at Sedgefield Blues Club. A welcome return to Chris and Martin who provided a masterclass in guitar, harmonica and blues vocals, accompanied by Finn McCardle on percussion. Debut performance from Stan the Band who travelled all the way from Tyneside to entertain the appreciative audience, I suspect some of their existing fans travelled down to join the audience. Always nice to see new faces in the audience!

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chris james at Sedgefield Blues Club
stan the band at Sedgefield Blues Club
stan the band at Sedgefield Blues Club
finn mccardle at Sedgefield Blues Club
martin fletcher at Sedgefield Blues Club
martin fletcher at Sedgefield Blues Club

Big Wolf Band + Midnite Blue
April 2019

Another great night at Sedgefield Blues Club with The Big wolf Band supported by Nidnite Blue. Great support set from local band Midnite Blue who really do know how to put on a great show. We first saw The Big Wolf Band at Skegness Blues Festival this year and they created a lasting impression, Jonathan Earp is really outstanding and Zoe Green has to be one of the best female vocalists on the Blues circuit at the moment.

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big wolf band at Sedgefield Blues Club
big wolf band at Sedgefield Blues Club
midnite blue at Sedgefield Blues Club
big wolf bandat Sedgefield Blues Club
midnite blue at Sedgefield Blues Club
big wolf band at Sedgefield Blues Club

Sari Schorr + Lewis Hamilton Band
March 2019

Sari Schorr and The Engine Room finally made it to Sedgefield Blues Club last week after a couple of previous cancellations, the wait was definitely worth it though, her all star band "The Engine Room" contains some of the finest blues musicians in the UK at the moment and they produced a great nights entertainment that was truly memorable. A very welcome return also for Lewis Hamilton (who I am sure we will be seeing again soon) Lewis and the Band have a considerable repertoire of quality own material and Lewis's vocals and stage presence help deliver a great set.

Lewis Hamilton at Sedgefield Blues Club
Sari Schorr at Sedgefield Blues Club
Sari Schorr at Sedgefield Blues Club
Lewis Hamilton at Sedgefield Blues Club
Sari Schorr at Sedgefield Blues Club
Sari Schorr at Sedgefield Blues Club

24 Pesos and Auld Man's Baccie
January 2019

A very welcome return to Sedgefield Blues Club after about 7 years for the hugely talented 24 Pesos. The band play a unique and enjoyable blend of Blues with Jazz and Funk that the audience enjoyed immensely.The band were without their bass player last night due to illness, but the keyboard player and drummer more than made up for any absence in the rhythm section.

Midnite Blue were due to be supporting the band but they were unable to make it last night, Auld Man's Baccie very kindly stepped in at short notice opened proceedings with a very fine set of "Old Timey Mojo Music (their words), or accoustic blues as we would generally describe it, their version of Whole Lotta Rosie is absolutely marvellous!

24 Pesos at Sedgefield Blues Club
24 Pesos at Sedgefield Blues Club
24 Pesos at Sedgefield Blues Club
24 Pesos at Sedgefield Blues Club
Auld Mans Baccie at Sedgefield Blues Club
Auld Mans Baccie at Sedgefield Blues Club

Malone Sibun Band + Howlin' Mat
November 2018

A great night with Malone Sibun Band + Howlin' Mat at Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club last night. Howlin' Mat opened proceedings and regaled us all with tales of a travelling musician and some very tasty blues, always thoroughly entertaining! The Malone Sibun Band were an absolute joy, with Marcus on guitar and vocals and Innes on lead guitar and backing vocals the sound was awesome, with Roger Innis on bass and Chris Nugent on drums - a rhythm section that would be hard to beat.

Dave Kelly & Maggie Bell
October 2018

Friday nights gig at Sedgefield Blues Club was truly remarkable, with just two people keeping the capacity audience spellbound for the whole evening.

Dave Kelly opened the evenings proceedings with a solo set that was a masterclass of blues guitar and vocals, the set comprised mainly of blues standards by Robert Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, and a few others. Between songs Dave regaled us all with tales of his travels in the Southern States and the times he played with Son House, and the times spent with Fred McDowell, and Howlin Wolf, to name but a few. Dave’s soulful vocals and guitar work were simply amazing and the audience loved it all.

The second set saw Dave back on stage with the legendary Maggie Bell on vocals with a truly eclectic mix of material, it was delivered with the style and passion of truly great performers that complement each other’s virtuoso talents.

Dave Kelly & Maggie Bell October 2018 at Sedgefield Blues Club
Dave Kelly & Maggie Bell October 2018 at Sedgefield Blues Club
Dave Kelly & Maggie Bell October 2018 at Sedgefield Blues Club
Dave Kelly & Maggie Bell October 2018 at Sedgefield Blues Club
Dave Kelly & Maggie Bell October 2018 at Sedgefield Blues Club

Chris 'King' Robinson &
The Della Grants
September 2018

Friday nights sell out gig (Chris King Robinson & The Della Grants at Sedgefield Rock and Blues Club was a double header with The Della Grants and Chris King Robinson The Della Grants opened proceedings with a fine set of original material and a few true blues classics. It has been a couple of years since the band were last at Sedgefield and since then they have added to their line up with Tony Robinson on keys (not the Time Team/Blackadder one btw). Hugely enjoyable performance from the DGs featuring material from their “Time for a change” album, and their “First Fix” EP recorded at Abbey Road in 2016. https://www.thedellagrants.com/

Chris King Robinson was on stage after the break and wowed the audience with his guitar and vocals, ably supported by Nig Turner on bass and Tom Relihan on drums. Chris is making quite a name for himself as one of finest young guitarists in the world, and it is easy to see why. A great mixture of original material from his “She’s Got Nine Lives” EP, and blues/rock standards, http://www.chriskingrobinson.com/home.html

Chris King Robinson at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
Chris King Robinson at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
Chris King Robinson at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
Chris King Robinson at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
Chris King Robinson at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
Chris King Robinson at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018
The Della Grants at Sedgefield Blues Club 7th September 2018

Sean Webster/Stoney Broke
April 2018


24th November

Rebecca Downes

Rebecca Downes at Sedgefield Blues Club 2017

Well, I can confirm that lightning does strike the same place twice, although in this case it took [exactly] 2 years between strikes. Rebecca Downes and her guys returned to Sedgefield and once again seared the walls with a blistering set.

Last time they were putting the finishing touches to what became the mighty Believe album, and this time we got treated to 2 new numbers from the next album, still in progress, a very ‘Stonesy Take Me Higher and a change in style, heavy, almost ‘Sabbath sounding If I Go To Sleep; proving that Rebecca and Steve are still looking for those creative boundaries.

M.Craggs
24th November

Benjamin Bassford

Benjamin Bassford at Sedgefield Blues Club 2017

Any guy who can do two appearances at Sedgefield Blues in as many years is worthy of a mention on here, Anyone who can deliver such a quality set of original material with such ease and style is long overdue their own thread. To my detriment I missed him on the previous visit so knowing that he’s been doggedly craving out a solid reputation, this time I wasn’t going to let him slip by.

What can you say; armed with a couple of acoustics and a National Steel, this young guy can seriously pick out a rhythm and strong melody with the best of them. The voice is strong, gritty though not overly forced. His material, culled on Friday mainly from his most recent E.P. Songs from The Blue Door (grab it and it’s predecessor Road Sickness while/if you can) and an upcoming full album, is very much original but with due nods to influences such as Leadbelly and Tampa Red but with a more contemporary edge to Urban Blues. Sure, there are others ploughing a similar furrow, but often mire themselves down “in the mood” where Benjamin lifts this with some asides.

This particular love of the “retro” is reflected in Benjamin’s stage dress, probably to the approval of the “Blues Police”; he looks like he could thump Alan Ladd and run off with Veronica Lake in his 1940 Desoto. (I’m told though he has a Skoda…) This though is only a device to emphasise his blues roots; his material though framed in this style, is very much his own, and when listened to properly, the lad has a great stortteller’s style. I think there’s a new Blues genre coming through here; Ian Siegal & Jesse Davy flirted with it on a colaberation, Aynsley experimented with it recently, Il Grand Mafioso, but I think in terms of style and content, Benjamin has nailed it; I’m going to call it “Blues Noir”. (And copyright it with Steph though Straight Talkin’ Records before Henry Yates gets a sniff of it…) M.Craggs.