Review: The Mal Gibson Project – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Thursday, Mar 1, 2012

This fine trio from the North West came to entertain the packed crowd at BJs and gave a excellent account of themselves.
They played a selection of original works and covers, and rocked the house from beginning to end .
Mal Gibson the front man, and founder of the band, on lead vocal and lead guitar,  drove the band on through two sets of  blues/rock
‘Little Red Rooster’,  Knockin’ On Heavens Door’  ‘All Along The Watchtower’  ‘Gloria’  – all good stuff , and with a rocking rhythm section, of Tony Rainford on bass guitar and Simon Ramus  on the drums, the ‘touch paper’ was lit and the fireworks were truly ignited.
The band formed in 2006,  and went through a few changes of personnel in the early years .
The band played  at Colne , Burnley, and Leeds  blues festivals and many other venues gaining valuable band experience.
Currently there are three albums of original material recorded – ”Born With The Blues” in 2007, ”Still Got The Blues” in 2009 and ” Pop! Goes The Blues”  in 2011.
There is a fourth album due  at the end of March entitled, “Blue Sky Black Rain” and they are working on another album which is very much a work in progress, watch this space.
All the tracks are written and arranged by Mal , with input on the production side of things by the band members.
All enquires  for their albums are on the bands website ,
This band are on the move,  and are well worth a look.
Keith Blackledge, Music Reviewer for the Northwest.
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