Review : Ian Siegal – Warrington Blues Club – 10 Feb 2006

Posted on: Monday, Feb 13, 2006

Grahame Rhodes kindly wrote an Ian Siegal review. Glad to see that Grahame agrees with me; Ian Siegal is really good….

Ian Siegal
Warrington Blues Club at Warrington Town FC: 10.02.06

One of my favourite blues releases of 2005 was the excellent “Meat & Potatoes” by Ian Siegal – a heady mix of blues, soul and just superb songs and playing – therefore it was a joy to catch the man in action for the first time at Warrington Blues Club.

After gathering some great reviews from critics and fellow musicians – all positively glowing – the crowd were shown exactly why he is held in such high esteem – indeed, this was possibly the most rousing, committed and passionate performance I have ever seen from a British bluesman!

Siegal not only possesses the most incredible voice – a mix of Tom Waits and Howlin’ Wolf, but incredibly soulful as well when required; but is a quite superb guitarist – from exquisite bluesy chords and solos to some of the best slide work I have witnessed.

In the company of his regular rhythm section of Andy Graham (bass) and Nikolaj Bjerre (drums) he tore into a trio of songs from “Meat & Potatoes” before pausing for breath! Starting with the up-tempo “Sugar Rush”, followed by the brooding “Revelator” and the rambling “She’s Got The Devil In Her” – all featuring his amazing vocals, and some lowdown dirty guitar work!

He showed his soul side on a version of Johnny Taylor’s “Part-Time Love” and a scarily-authentic take on Tom Waits “Jockey Full Of Bourbon”, before wrapping up the first set with his own “Bloodshot” – a nod to the influence of one Mr. Chester Burnett vocally and the guitar of Hubert Sumlin – a mid-tempo piece again delivered with grit and passion!

The second set featured some slide guitar work of the highest order – particularly on the classic Muddy Waters song “Long Distance Call” and the Howlin’ Wolf favourite “Meet Me At The Bottom”, with possibly the best saved for the encore, the deep soul of “Falling On Down Again”, recalling the great Otis Redding at his peak!

With Ian Siegal and his band booked for two sets at this year’s Burnley Blues Festival – on their own and backing no less a name than Big Bill Morganfield – some of the big names present will have to be on top form to avoid being blown off stage! Catch him if you can – you are in for a treat!


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