Review: Warrington Rhythm and Blues Festival – Part 2
Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 2, 2010
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.
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.
Pictures kindly provided by John Welsh Jnr.