Review: Paul Lamb and The King Snakes at Warrington RnB CLub – Friday, 19th January 2007

Posted on: Monday, Jan 22, 2007


Following their considerable success at their first appearance at the Warrington RnB Club last year, this return visit was warmly welcomed by an enthusiastic audience. Resplendent in a dusky pink jacket, the pride of the North East fronted his excellent band with his customary panache and showmanship.

After an opening shuffle from The King Snakes, Paul Lamb entered the fray on chromatic harp for the slow blues, “Adopted Child”. He then switched to diatonic blues harp on the Bo Diddley-rhythmed “She’s Crazy” and his own “It’s A Funny World We’re Living In”, which pilloried the Prime Minister in a gently whimsical way. A cracking version of “Baby, Please Don’t Go” was followed by a slow blues instrumental, for much of which the harpmeister remained on bended knees just in front of the stage. A fast-moving instrumental boogie gave way to another slow blues that featured a splendid guitar solo from Raul De Pedro Marinero (aka Yoyola) before Paul Lamb delivered a terrific unaccompanied virtuoso performance of an upbeat instrumental, as he threaded his way among the tables – much to the delight of the enthralled punters. Another highlight saw Paul on rare vocals for “Easy Rider”, with trademark whooping-embellished, Sonny Terry-inspired harmonica magic.

The King Snakes provided admirable support to the main man throughout the energetic and highly entertaining set, with Chad Strentz on vocals and rhythm guitar, Rod Demick on double bass, Sonny Below on drums and the aforementioned young Spaniard on lead guitar. The show also included a very enjoyable bonus in the shape of Colne-based duo Graham Robinson and Dr Ross, who provided a great start to the evening on finger-picked steel guitar (and vocals) and washboard respectively. Their closing version of “Rag Mama Rag” was particularly impressive.

Lionel Ross

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