Review: Fuschi3 – BJ’s Blues at Hop Pocket, Chorley – 07 July 2011

Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011

Fuschi3 Blues Funk Band.
At the Hop Pocket Public House, Chorley  on Thursday the 7th of July 2011.
BJ’s Blues Club presented  by music guru Lucas Campbell.

At this supreme Northwest venue on Thursday night 07 of July 2011 a very talented band of musicians graced the stage.

Fuschi3 a Blues Funk band from the Manchester area are fronted by the man himself the Anglo Italian, Paulo Fuschi.

Paulo on lead guitar and lead vocals has quite a unique set up in that the band has deep roots in the blues genre,but with his own arrangements and some played with a funk jazz feel, it makes very interesting listening.

The band doesn’t like to be pigeon holed in any particular way, they just do their thing and it seems to work very well indeed.

As many a budding musician has, Paulo has his favourite music idols of which many are Blues / Jazz related. I know that he is a fan of the great B B KING who he saw in concert not so long ago.

The band was formed by Paulo back in 2007 and has had many versions of the band over a period of time.

David Lloyd,an extraordinary bass guitarist as been associated with Paulo for some time now, David is very well suited to this form of Blues /Jazz playing and sound, he gave a good account of himself with a virtuoso performance – Simply stunning!

The most recent band member, debuting in fact, is 23 year old Adam W. Dawson who has recently received a first class honours degree in music as Salford University.  Adam took up the position when Rick Hughes left the band due to other professional commitments.

Adam has a very good grounding and can, under the wing of Paulo, only further his musical career – He has the talent.

Also new to the band was tenor saxophonist Joe Betts but unfortunately he had picked up a virus and could not make the gig.  As they say one door shuts another one opens, step forward Tim Moscrop aged 21, who I would say has a very bright future ahead of him in this cut throat music business.  A baptism of fire for him but he had the confidence and talent to give a very good display of his musical talent, encouraged unselfishly by Paulo who stood toe to toe with him and exchanged the lead guitar role time after time.  The riffs between them were sensational.

Paulo has this knack of surrounding himself with very talented musicians the sky’s the limit for him and his associates.  Paulo is a musician first and foremost, he will be playing at this years Colne Blues Festival in August doing a solo, acoustic set at the British stage – Not to be missed!
Fuschi Four, I’ll call them that for now, are in the throws of a new era and one can only wonder what is in store for these guys.  After the gig I spoke to Paulo – He told me that the new CD is still in the process of being made and the band is working hard to finish the project before the end of the Summer.

The music played are the blues classics that everyone knows, the twist is that you hear them in a different way.

Paulo and his band played two sets of the blues and the crowd were with them all the way. Songs like The Hunter, The Thrill Has Gone, Crossroads,Hoochie Coochie Man, I Shot The Sheriff all went down a storm.  During the instrumental Summertime you could hear a pin drop.  Superb!

I have no doubt that this hard working band  have the makings of great success and I wish them all the best.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE
Music reviewer, Northwest

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