Review: Lymm Festival Blues Night – 30 June 2010
Posted on: Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010
The encouragingly high attendance at the Golf Club confirmed that the blues night has become one of the most popular features of the annual Lymm Festival. On this occasion, the headline act was locally-based The Escape Committee, who had graced the main stage of the Warrington Blues Festival in both 2009 and 2010.
Eighteen-year old Lucy Zirins from Burnley opened the show with a very accomplished and self –assured acoustic set, in which she accompanied her impressive vocals first on acoustic and later on steel guitars. Showing commendable confidence for one so young, she delivered an entertaining mixture of blues standards and original compositions. The covers included excellent renditions of “Feeling Good” and Son House’s “Death Letter Blues” and a rousing performance of “Little Red Rooster”, which prompted enthusiastic audience participation. A clear indication of her burgeoning reputation is her forthcoming appearance on the acoustic stage of the Great British R&B Festival in Colne in August.
The Escape Committee announced their arrival with “Never Make Your Move Too Soon” followed by “Long Time Gone” before delivering a fabulous version of “Georgia On My Mind”, which provided terrific vocals and guitar work from Peter Frampton matched by equal brilliance from George Glover on keys. The set also included fine versions of “Nobody Knows you When You’re Down And Out” and “How Long”.
Ray Charles’s “Unchain My Heart” opened the second set, which went on to comprise a nicely varied combination of two Bob Dylan numbers, an upbeat, jazzy rendition of the aforementioned “Little Red Rooster” and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “The House Is Rocking”, embellished by rip-roaring solos from Frampton and Glover. There were also splendid versions of “You Can’t Do That”, Bonnie Raitt’s “Love Sneaking Up On You” and, to close the set, “Bo Diddley’s “Before You Accuse Me”.
But the pick of the second session was a superb delivery of Steve Winwood’s “Can’t Find My Way Home” with Peter Frampton excelling on both vocals and guitar. Given the extensive occupation of the dance floor for the majority of the set, it was no surprise that an encore was loudly demanded. The choice of “Let The Good Times Roll” to meet that demand was particularly appropriate – the good times had rolled throughout the evening.
Beyond the Warrington area, in which it is held in great esteem and appreciation, The Escape Committee is a largely unsung band. Peter Frampton and George Glover are both class acts and they are backed by the highly competent rhythm section of Steve Foster on bass guitar and Phil Wright on drums. Greater exposure would undoubtedly enhance their reputation and bring them the recognition that they deserve.