Review : Nimmo Brothers and Ian Siegal – 07 Oct

Posted on: Sunday, Oct 8, 2006

Ian Siegal and The Nimmo Brothers
Alford Hall, Warrington: 07/10/06

The second of Ray and Barbara O’Hare’s ‘double-headers’ at the spacious Alford Hall saw a return to Warrington of the brilliant Ian Siegal and, back together, The Nimmo Brothers – a bill which attracted an excellent Saturday night turn-out!

Opening the show was Ian Siegal and his band, returning to Warrington after a stunning show in February. As I went overboard on his performance then it was no surprise that he delivered another incredible set – from his superb vocals to his great guitar playing – he is the real deal!

Again in the company of his long-time band – Andy Graham (bass) and Nikolaj Bjerre (drums) – he was down to business with a trio of songs from his “Meat & Potatoes” album. Kicking off with the strutting “Sugar Rush”, the brooding blues of “Revelator” and the positively lowdown “She’s Got The Devil In Her” – all cracking stuff, with trademark guitar and vocals.

He showed off his immense slide licks on a few covers – “Ride On Josephine” and a take on Muddy Waters’ “Long Distance Call” – with the Tom Waits tune, “Jockey Full Of Bourbon” seeing Siegal uncannily replicating the author’s vocal.

However, the best was saved for last again – the encore being the gorgeous soul ballad “Falling On Down Again”, with another vocal tour-de-force – what a set and what a great musician this guy is!

After a short break The Nimmo Brothers blasted open their set with a crunchy rocker, showing that the time apart has done them no harm – with Stevie on Gibson Les Paul as ever, and Alan on his trusty Fender Stratocaster, both fine players, whether soloing or playing rhythm.

Backed by the crack British rhythm section of Mat Beable (bass) and Dave Raeburn (drums) the Glasgow brothers delivered a few new tunes and played highlights from the back catalogue – standouts being the Texas shuffle of “Flat Broke” and a fine vocal from Alan on the excellent “In My Mind”.

Stevie Nimmo provided a fine vocal on “Long Way From Everything”, with the boys rocking again on the much-covered “The Shape I’m In,” I think from the pen of Delbert McClinton. A couple of blues classics that feature in most shows saw powerful versions of “The Thrill Is Gone” and “Help Me” – showing that the boys are most certainly back in town!


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