Review: Elliot and Tweeddale – Worthenbury – 21 Sep

Posted on: Tuesday, Oct 2, 2007

Tim Elliott and Sandy Tweeddale


21 September 2007

Ian Williams took some excellent photographs of the Tim Elliott and Sandy Tweeddale gig in Worthenbury. Here is the review from Pete Evans.

Another good crowd greeted Tim Elliott and Sandy Tweeddale for the opening gig of the autumn schedule of Worthenbury’s Goin’ up The Country Blues & Roots Club.
The two members of legendary Scottish band Blues’n’Trouble rarely travel this far south and more’s the pity, as they produced a superb set of outstanding acoustic blues with Tim on harp and Sandy on steel and acoustic guitar.

They opened up with a cracking boogie number dedicated to Tommy Ellis with Tim blowing great harp and he then showed his versatility when he picked up his old battered Italian guitar to play slide on Elmore James’ Dust My Broom.
Sandy was demonstrating what a superb guitarist he is backing up Tim’s harp especially so on Little Red Rooster and their self penned Tennessee Whiskey.
The first set finished brilliantly with Bo Diddley’s Cadillac inspite of Sandy’s electrics playing up.

Tim’s main influence whilst growing up in Rhodesia from the occasional LP that arrived in colonial Africa was Sonny Boy Williamson II but it was Little Walter’s My Babe that opened the 2nd set and this was followed by the self penned Salt Peanuts with the Marine Band 12 hole harp.

Sandy contributed with vocals on a number of tracks before the Victoria Spivey track Blues’n’ Trouble demonstrated how the band derived it’s name; the set came to a conclusion with a rousing Got My Mojo Working before they were called back for an encore of the self penned House Rockin’ Boogie.

It’s quite easy to see why Paul Jones rates Tim as the UK’s best harp player and why Sandy is thought of so highly by his peers. I strongly recommend that if an opportunity presents to see these guys or for a promoter to book them then that opportunity should be grabbed with both hands. They are absolutely superb.


The rest of the pictures can be found at the picture archive at Flickr



October 8th, 2007 at 20:06
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Had the pleasure of seeing Blues N Trouble and spending some time with Tim and Sandy. Both excellent musicians and fine guys too boot.