Gig: Mick Pini – Brickyard, Carlisle – 27 Nov 2010
Posted on: Saturday, Nov 13, 2010
Band: Mick Pini
Date: Saturday 27th November 2010
Venue: The Brickyard, Fisher Street, Carlisle
Lucky Carlisle – only a couple of weeks after the fourth Carlisle Blues Festival another great Blues legend arrives in the city on a rare tour from his adopted home country of Germany. Guitarist Mick Pini, who has been compared to the great Peter Green, lives, breathes, plays and sings the blues with genuine passion……..
Watching Mick Pini live you are guaranteed the real deal; no pedals, no effects, just a (rare) 54 Strat (stroked) played by a bluesmeister and how he makes it plead, bleed, sing, scream, cry – and smoke!
With a life time in music you’ll hear echoes and influences from the whole tradition of the blues in Pini’s playing. His uncompromising adherence to a genuine belief in his music has never been deflected. His distinctive raw, attacking riffs and phrases are reminiscent of such legendary names as Freddie King, Albert Collins or T-Bone Walker. They hit you with aggression not unlike a ton of bricks, then in a moment, he’ll melt your heart with a sweeping phrase of pure beauty. These are the hallmarks of Mick Pini: to encounter him live is a joy not to be missed – it’s a blues master class!
Mick Pini started playing guitar as a young boy back in 1960. Since then he’s paid his dues in pubs, clubs, festivals, concert halls – even busking on the streets. Over a lifetime he’s worked with all sorts: BB King, Doctor Ross, Professor Longhair, Rich Grech, Mojo Buford, Louisana Red, Dick Heckstall-Smith, Chris Farlowe, Mike Vernon, Luther Allison – and more than a few others. Pini has more recently worked with Roy Estrada (Little Feat) and Jimmy Carl Black (Frank Zappa).
Live he’s simply brilliant supported by a backing band of true class including keyboard player Jools Grudgings who has played with a host of top names including Diana Braithwaite and Sherman Robertson. Eric Clapton called him the “legitimate successor to Peter Green”, while Mick Vernon described him as “having the energy and attack that made Freddie King one of the greats. There are too few great guitarists working the European scene. Sure there are many good ones, but only a few have the potential to make a mark in a way Peter Green did many years ago.” A recent gig produced the newspaper headline: “An honour to see blues legend in action.”
After the unfortunate cancellation of the Peter Green gig at the Brickyard a few months ago this is a great opportunity to catch another legendary guitar player.
The doors open at 8.00 with support.