Review: Martin Harley Band – Worthenbury – 16 Jul 2010
Posted on: Saturday, Jul 17, 2010
Due to illness, chief reviews editor Señor Rhodes was unable to make the gig, then on top of this, I raced out minus trusty Canon s90. So the chances of a well written review accompanied by a classy picture are zero (until Pete and Ian do their stuff that is).
So I will just say that the Martin Harley Band were tremendous tonight, keeping the crowd thoroughly entertained with a cosmopolitan mixture of blues, old time, country, rockabilly, rock’n’roll and ballads (did I miss any genres covered?).
Harley himself has a beautiful voice and plays his array of traditional and lap guitars with consummate skill with fingers or slide. Harley is complemented by the brilliant band of Pete Swatton (Drums, balalaika and backing vocals) and Jay Carter (Double bass, guitar and backing vocals).
The majority of the songs were written by Harley himself and this self-penned set was interspersed with a small handful of crafted interpretations of songs by Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Jimi Hendrix amongst others. We were even treated to a busked arrangement, completely acoustic, with the band standing in the middle of the floor, all playing stringed instruments and delivering flawless three part harmonies. Class indeed.
I predict a rapid return. These guys will go far. See them in a club while you still can.
The Worthenbury club has now finished for the summer break. Watch out for some killer shows for autumn and winter…. coming up……
- Michael Burks
- Rev Payton’s Big Damn Band
- Ben Prestage with Ian Siegal
- … and much, much more.