Pictures from tonight’s gig

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 21, 2009

I have just returned from an excellent gig at Overton-on-Dee Village Hall organised by the Worthenbury Blues and Roots guys.  A superb sold out house saw a great show of classic Chicago blues mainly inspired by the songs of Mud’s dad McKinley Morganfield.

Mud Morganfield and Big Joe Louis and the Blues Kings

More of my pics at the bluesinthenorthwest.com photo archive.  Review and more pics to follow.  If you spot a YouTube, please post as a comment or contact me with the URL.



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Grahame

March 21st, 2009 at 10:28
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Can only really echo what Ken has said . . . a superb night all round . . . lovely hall, great people, fine opening set from Tommy Allen and Johny Hewitt . . . and close on two hours of the finest blues I’ve heard in a long time, courtesy of Mud Morganfield and what must be one of the best bands that have ever backed him! Big Joe Louis as great as ever, Steve Weston playing some of the most thrilling harmonica I can remember, the top notch rhythm section of Matt Radford and Pete Greatorex . . . and, oh boy, the Italian guy on piano was something else, Eric, apologies for no surname at this time! Well done Pete, Paul and Ian as ever . . . a triumph of monumental proportions. Full review to follow!

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CK What

March 21st, 2009 at 10:39
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I’m pretty certain that must be Eric Ranzoni on piano cos there aint that many Italian piano players living in London called Eric!

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Pete Evans

March 22nd, 2009 at 17:31
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In our 13th year of promoting blues in Wrexham, Worthenbury and now Overton, that gig has to be one of the best.

Some sceptics might have said that Mud is cashing in on his Dad’s reputation – I don’t think so.He has the voice and the appearance and is enabling us to get some sort of idea about what a Muddy Waters gig might have been like. Incidentally, two people were there who informed me that they had seen the great man himself in the 70s -envy!!

And as for the band – Big Joe Louis and The Blues Kings were superb -it could have ben John Primer, Willie”Big Eyes” Smith, Pinetop Perkins, Calvin Jones and James Cotton up there on the stage or any one of Muddy’s various band members over the years.

And incidentally Grahame and CK – it was Eric Ranzoni – what a pianist.

I sincerely hope we can have thenm back one day – they certainly want to come back – they were blown away by the reception they got… and to see Mud suddenly jump off the stage and start dancing with Chris Harropp!!! Her face was a picture!

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Ken

March 22nd, 2009 at 19:36
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Oh yes indeedy. I had a few concerns before the show that it would be a cash in exercise by way of a dodgy tribute act. But how wrong was I.

I second what the fine Mr. Evans said – one of the best nights I have had at the Wrexham/Worthenbury venues.

Fabulous! Grahame is had at work on a review. Watch this space for details.

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Grahame

March 22nd, 2009 at 20:23
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Review is certainly pending. Pete, must just add that I was lucky enough to see the great man, supporting Eric Clapton at the Manchester Apollo, think it was 1979, but could have been 1977. What we saw on Friday was pretty special, and as close as you will get now to ‘Pops’ as Mud called him.

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Lionel

March 22nd, 2009 at 21:21
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It was a fabulous night. Mud was excellent and the band supported him superbly. The responsive crowd also contributed greatly to the success of the evening. Nice opening by Tommy and Jonny too.