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….
Warrington Blues Club at Warrington Town FC: 10.02.06
One of my favourite blues releases of 2005 was the excellent â€œMeat & Potatoesâ€ by Ian Siegal â€“ a heady mix of blues, soul and just superb songs and playing â€“ 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 â€“ all positively glowing â€“ the crowd were shown exactly why he is held in such high esteem â€“ 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 â€“ a mix of Tom Waits and Howlinâ€™ Wolf, but incredibly soulful as well when required; but is a quite superb guitarist â€“ 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 â€œMeat & Potatoesâ€ before pausing for breath! Starting with the up-tempo â€œSugar Rushâ€, followed by the brooding â€œRevelatorâ€ and the rambling â€œSheâ€™s Got The Devil In Herâ€ â€“ all featuring his amazing vocals, and some lowdown dirty guitar work!
He showed his soul side on a version of Johnny Taylorâ€™s â€œPart-Time Loveâ€ and a scarily-authentic take on Tom Waits â€œJockey Full Of Bourbonâ€, before wrapping up the first set with his own â€œBloodshotâ€ â€“ a nod to the influence of one Mr. Chester Burnett vocally and the guitar of Hubert Sumlin â€“ 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 â€œLong Distance Callâ€ and the Howlinâ€™ Wolf favourite â€œMeet Me At The Bottomâ€, with possibly the best saved for the encore, the deep soul of â€œFalling On Down Againâ€, recalling the great Otis Redding at his peak!
With Ian Siegal and his band booked for two sets at this yearâ€™s Burnley Blues Festival â€“ on their own and backing no less a name than Big Bill Morganfield â€“ some of the big names present will have to be on top form to avoid being blown off stage! Catch him if you can â€“ you are in for a treat!
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