Vintage: April 1999

Posted on: Thursday, Feb 14, 2008 vintage review

Telford’s Warehouse, Chester: April 1999

Britain’s premier young blues band, The Hoax, made a welcome fourth visit to Telford’s Warehouse – which was as packed as ever.

The boys from rural Wiltshire have gathered rave reviews for their live shows. Touring non-stop, they are also festival favourites and have supported the likes of Buddy Guy and BB King.

After two albums on Mike Vernon’s Code Blue label the band released the excellent “Humdinger” on their own Credible Records.

Kicking off with a great double blast of “Twenty Ton Weight” and the strutting “Fistful Of Dirt”, the band – Hugh Coltman (vocals and harmonica), Jon Amor (guitar), Jesse Davey (guitar), Robin Davey (bass) and Mark Barrett (drums) – soon had the audience in the palm of their hands.

The 90 minute set featured all original songs except for a few choice covers in the shape of Slim Harpo’s “Scratch My Back” and Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition”, propelled along by the excellent twin guitars.

Other highlights were the epic “Don’t Shake My Hand” and “Groovebreaker”, both from the last album.

Hugh Coltman’s voice and excellent harmonica playing were on fine form, with the rest of the band as great as ever.

A brilliant night was rounded off with just one encore – Willie Dixon’s “I Want To Be Loved”, and the band were gone – see you next time!


Ken’s addendum

I was there that night and had sampled a few ales by the time the band came on. What a great night.

Just to remind us all what a great band The Hoax were (or t’oaks if you are from the same part of the world as I). Here are a couple of clips of varying vintages.

Here’s a Hoaxlike jam from Dec last year featuring Jesse Davey, with Hugh Coltman and Scott McKeon.

and here is vintage Hoax from 10 years ago!! Live in The Netherlands.

All in all I like the newer clip better, to my ears the band are pushing the beat way too much on the vintage clip. The clip was recorded in 1998 but the kick drum is in 1999.

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