Review: Warrington Rhythm and Blues Festival – Part 2

Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010

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The Nimmo Brothers

The lively set delivered by the Tommy Allen Band was a perfect prelude for the bill toppers from Glasgow, who cranked up the energy even further. Backed by the superb rhythm section of Matt Beable on bass guitar and Craig Blundell on drums, they opened with “All Because Of You” with Alan on vocals before Stevie took centre stage for a splendid rendition of “The Thrill Has Gone”, embellished by terrific guitar solos from both siblings. The driving rocker, “Bad Luck”, made way for the brilliant ballad, “Long Way From Everything”, which featured another brace of guitar-based gems.

There followed a mix of shuffles and ballads, with Alan excelling on “Flat Broke And Dry” and Stevie in great voice on “See Through Your Eyes” and “Driving Down Through Chicago”, which boasted another phenomenal solo from Alan.

The band’s upbeat numbers were accompanied by abundant activity on the dance floor, which swelled to bursting point on the final number of the set, “Doing Pretty Good For The Shape I’m In”, a tasty helping of vibrant rock and roll. As an encore, the climax of the set and of the festival was a trademark version of “Black Cat Bone”, complete with musical duelling and the now obligatory contortion of both brothers simultaneously playing their own and each other’s guitar. It was a real crowd pleaser and a fittingly flamboyant conclusion to a tremendous festival.

Acoustic Stage

Shropshire-based Juke Joint John delivered an excellent set, mingling a range of covers with well-constructed original compositions, such as “Black Dog” and “It’s A Great Day To Die”. He underpinned his fine vocals with considerable artistry on steel and acoustic guitars.

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Pictures kindly provided by John Welsh Jnr.

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Ken

June 2nd, 2010 at 20:31
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A second outing for the great songs “Shape I’m In” and Black Cat Bone”.

Nice to see the festival ending with two songs the same as the first band.

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janet

June 3rd, 2010 at 17:35
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Just curious as to why no review on the american Midnite Johnny who was the final act on the acoustic stage… and actually played Blues!!

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Ken

June 3rd, 2010 at 17:43
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Hi Janet – you are quite right. Unfortunately it was not possible to see everyone on the day. That is always a shame.

If you have the time or the inclination, please feel free to submit a review and/or pictures to the email address and I will do what I can to get that up on the site.

Many thanks for the comment.

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Grahame

June 5th, 2010 at 11:34
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Hi Janet, thanks for your input . . . as one of the reviewers I would have loved to have seen more on the acoustic stage apart from the couple of numbers I saw from Johnny Hewitt and Tommy Allen. Having been in the main hall from the off and securing a nice table we didn’t want to lose it. Like Ken says please send a few words in, always appreciated.