Review: The Eddie Martin Band at The Harbourside Club, Liverpool – 8 November 2007
Posted on: Monday, Nov 12, 2007
This was not only Eddie Martin’s first visit to the Harbourside Club, it was also his first visit to Liverpool. We can only hope that he was as impressed with the city as the audience was with his performance.
Eddie began in solo format, delivering two numbers armed with a steel guitar and a rack harp. He followed his own lively composition, “Somebody’s Making Money But I Know It Isn’t Me” with Robert Johnson’s “Queen Of Spades” before inviting his excellent rhythm section of Marion Dalton and Tim Price to join him. The set continued with the upbeat “Blues Took Me By The Hand” and a terrific tribute to Sonny Terry, with Marion on upright, electric bass.
At that point, Eddie donned an electric guitar and added a mic to his harp and Marion switched to bass guitar. “Living For The Weekend”, which was featured on a recent edition of the Paul Jones radio programme and is a track on the band’s latest Cd, embraced a Bo Diddley beat. There was a medium-paced shuffle, a helping of wah wah guitar and the smouldering rocker, “Something About You, Baby”, also off the new Cd. The set ended with the hard-driving “Give It Time”, on which a fine guitar solo was brilliantly underpinned by the rhythm section.
The second set opened with a slow blues, which led into a marvellous version of “Who’s Lovin’ You Tonight?”, which featured a well-received guest appearance from Trafficker frontman, Tommy Allen, on guitar. The rest of the set delivered more original numbers from the new album, including the slow-burning “Watching The Weather”, “Better The Devil You Know”, a medium fast shuffle, and “Month Of Mondays”, a wonderful upbeat rocker. Very appropriately, the loudly demanded encore was the title song of the album, “Contrary Mary”.
Eddie Martin is an impressively versatile performer, equally at home with acoustic and electric blues. He is also a highly personable character, all of which guarantees top quality entertainment. The Harbourside regulars will accept nothing less.