Review – The Spikedrivers – Alexanders, Chester – 19 April 2007

Posted on: Thursday, Apr 26, 2007

Pete Evans sends in the following review of The Spikedrivers at Alexanders Jazz Cafe, Chester on 19 April 2007.

Went to Alexanders last thursday for the first time in ages to see The Spikedrivers. Ian Paul and I took the total in attendance to 21, a good crowd for Alexanders these days, I’m told.Having said that, I’m delighted that the venue is non smoking before its due date and the beer was good.

The band really were excellent with Ben Tyzack showing some excellent skill on guitar (particularly slide) backed up by Constance Redgrave on bass and various other instruments of different description (including a plover egg whisk for her washboard!) and Maurice McElroy on drums and various percussion instruments.

A good number of the songs were from their latest cd”Ain’t It Real” including Devil’s Breath, Mornin’ Train and Blues To The River all featuring Ben’s excellent vocals. However, Constance took the lead on the haunting Angel Of Blue with it’s underlying voodoo like rhythms and sounds and Maurice took the lead took the lead sat on his percussion box, a cajon, on Goodbye Mr Blues.

Covers included Dust My Broom and Kind Hearted Woman Blues by Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters’ Can’t Be Satisfied but the pick of the night was Little Red Rooster with brilliant slide by Ben.

An excellent night’s entertainment by a really good tight trio with plenty of variety and interest.

Hopefully you can see them again soon at Worthenbury once a date can be finalised.

Ian Williams kindy sent some excellent pictures.


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