Review: The Jay Tamkin Band – Sorted

Posted on: Friday, May 15, 2009



(Rokoko Records – distributed through Weinerworld: WNRCCD5045)

Hailing from ‘The English Riviera’ town of Torquay comes this first release from The Jay Tamkin Band – fronted by the 22 years old guitarist and vocalist, with the rhythm section of Pete Searle (bass) and Nick Ramos Pinto (drums) – firmly in the blues-rock camp, but with enough variation and subtlety to make it an interesting listen.

Jay Tamkin seems to be well on the way to establishing himself and band firmly on the scene, with support slots already with Ian Siegal, Sherman Robertson and Chris Farlowe, and a healthy number of gigs forthcoming – including three at the prestigious Maryport Blues Festival in July.

Those admirers of the likes of Aynsley Lister, Ian Parker and Oli Brown will find plenty to like in the twelve tracks on offer here, kicking off with the melodic rocker “Get In Your Way”, followed by the moody blues of “I Remember When” and the funky groove of “Love Don’t Keep Me Down” – with its spiky lead lines and Tamkin’s gutsy vocals.

The two tracks that show his diversity are “Intermission One – Nice ‘N’ Jazzy” – an acoustic Django Reinhardt-style instrumental; and later, “Intermission Two – La Frescura”, another delightful acoustic piece with a nice Latin tinge to it, and some very fine fingerpicked guitar work.

Elsewhere the band rock hard on “Jedi”, and Tamkin lays down a Texas shuffle on “Troubles” – and he freely admits that listening to the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan inspired him to pick up a guitar. Another tough rocker is “Your Friends Are Mine”, with more funk grooves on “Tomorrow” – showing off his fluid guitar lines.

The SRV influence is stamped on “Got A New Reason” and the closing “Leavin’ This Town” – two driving blues-rockers, but containing enough ‘light and shade’ to make them not self indulgent, with the solid rhythm section of Pete Searle and Nick Ramos Pinto being really tight behind Tamkin.


Jay has dates in the northwest…..

  • 28th May – The Norfolk, Stoke-on-Trent – CANCELLED
  • 28th May – Fenton, Leeds
  • 29th May – John Paul Jones Tavern, Whitehaven
  • 30th May – The Central, Egremont
  • 31st May – The Fletcher Christian, Cockermouth
  • 23rd July – Alexander’s, Chester
  • 24th-26th July – Maryport Blues Festival



May 20th, 2009 at 18:59
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Please note Stoke on Trent gig is cancelled. On that night Jay will now be playing at The Fenton in Leeds.