Review: Paul Judge and The Jackals at Warrington RnB Club – Friday, 15th June 2007

Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 27, 2007


This was the Yorkshire-based band’s first appearance at the Warrington club, but one which promoter, Ray O’Hare, had long been seeking after seeing Paul Judge perform on the acoustic stage a couple of years ago at the Colne Blues Festival.

Paul opened the show in solo mode, delivering a mix of mainly original vocals and instrumentals and accompanying himself on steel guitar. He was then joined by tenor saxophonist Matt Smith on a Lightnin’ Hopkins slow shuffle before switching to his Fender guitar and introducing the rest of the band – guitarist Nick Thompson, drummer Chris Sykes and double bass player Paul Baxter – for a Little Feat instrumental. To complete the first set, two more original numbers were interpolated between “Every Day I Have The Blues” and Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?”, the latter enhanced by a fine sax solo from Matt Smith.

The second set opened with a lively shuffle, followed by Tampa Red’s “It Hurts Me Too” and an original slow blues that featured another superb saxophone solo. An excellently played version of a Freddy King instrumental was nicely contrasted with the slow blues, “Just Walk On By”, another Judge original, before the energetic set was concluded with a rock and roll trilogy comprising “Good Rocking Tonight”, the Fabulous Thunderbirds classic, “Why Get Up?”, and Fats Domino’s “I’m Ready”. As an encore, the well-received performance ended with enthusiastic audience participation on Elmore James’s “Talk To Me, Baby”.

Lionel Ross
[photograph by Gordon Ariss]

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