Review: Simon Honeyboy Hickling at The Harbourside Club, Liverpool – 10 April 2007
Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 11, 2007
On this their second appearance at the Harbourside Club, Simon Honeyboy Hickling and the DTs maintained their impeccable record of never failing to delight. With two storming sets, they wowed the audience and extended the feelgood factor of the Easter weekend by a very welcome extra day.
The first set admirably established the mood, encompassing boogie beats, shuffles, funk in the shape of “Broke And Hungry” and unashamed rock and roll, including the self-penned “Much Too Much” and some well-received Chuck Berry.
The bar was raised even higher in the second set, starting with a terrific version of “Goin’ Up The Country” and the bouncing “Mama Luchie”. The much-loved “Wonderful Night” was followed by a superb delivery of the haunting “Christo Redemptor”, after which guitarist Bob Wilson took centre stage with his excellent interpretation of “The Stumble” while the Honeyboy got his breath back. Local thespian and musician Ozzie Yue then joined the band on “That’s Alright” and “Mystery Train” and subsequently delivered lead vocals on a splendid rendition of “Help Me”. “Promised Land” afforded a second helping of Chuck Berry to end the programme before a magnificent version of Steve Marriott’s “Big Train” put the icing on the cake by way of an encore.
As ever, the frontline brilliance of Simon Hickling on harp and Bob Wilson on guitar was underpinned by the excellent foundation provided by drummer Tony Baylis and Tony Stuart on bass guitar. The whole performance exuded energy, artistry and good humour. There was never a dull moment and every face bore a smile of satisfaction. Depressing, the blues – you must be joking.
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