Memo G in Warrington – First thoughts

Posted on: Sunday, Sep 16, 2007

Wow! What a great way to start off the autumn season at Warrington. Memo and the Bluescasters were as great as ever, in fact I think that they could have been even better than before.

I am sure that my good friend Grahame will be writing a few words as a proper review however here are my thoughts. It was brilliant to see a club full of blues fans enjoying themselves. Memo Gonzalez and the Bluescasters yet again showed themselves to be at the pinnacle of European blues bands, with more guys like that on this continenent we wouldn’t really need US imports. Great songs, great delivery, great performance, Kai Strauss on the guitar is amazing and the rhythm section are the best. It was great to see Memo’s fabulous mayor, hot-tub and city hall story upstaged from the crowd.

From the Band of Thieves point of view we were amazed by the reception thet we received. We chatted after the gig and have decided that we will continue to do some blues work. Watch this space for more details. For those of you not familiar with the band, Neil and I used to play together many years ago in a band called Down at Antones. In the ten-plus years since the band folded Neil has been carving a career playing soul and funk in various Liverpool based bands and my amp has been collecting dust while I brought up a family and concentrated on my career. The Warrington gig was very much a trial for us to see if we still wanted to play blues and also to see if anyone wanted to hear our blues style. I think that the answer to both those questions appears to be yes.

I normally post a link to some photos and YouTube clips, but in this case I was enjoying Memo so much that I actually forgot about my camera and neglected to take any photos of the band.

To compensate here’s a YouTube from a recent Memo gig in France.



September 16th, 2007 at 10:22
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I tell a lie. My wife captured a few pics and one video clip (mainly of Band of Thieves though, not of Memo G). I have pulled them from the camera and will upload to the usual places later today. Keep an eye on for more these clips.



September 16th, 2007 at 17:06
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A cracking night to start off Ray and Barb’s new season – review to follow soon! Nice video from Mrs. Peace – great groove from the lads on that tune!