Review: Forty 4 – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 4, 2012

The return of this talented five-piece band from the Liverpool saw them give a fantastic show at BJ’s Blues Club, Chorley.
The band have been together now for a few years and are well established playing the clubs and pubs  circuit, in the North West region.
The band play blues/soul covers,  with a selection of their own material penned mostly by Neil Partington, on lead vocal and guitar – a great front man for the band and with a powerful, guttural  and expressive voice, ideal for the blues  – a brilliant job done.
The band have been back in the recording studio putting the finishing touches to their new CD which should be finished by the end of the summer – a work very much in progress.
The lead guitar work was exceptional  from Paul Starkey, bringing in his own riffs and work into the mix  – a very refreshing new take and certainly different from the normal run of things.
The rhythm section, the driving force, the beating heart in any band was superb with Nick Lauro on the drums and bass guitarist Steve Brown –  glad to see him back after a spell of ill- health.
On the keyboards and backing vocal was Glen Lewis – a magical musician, his input gives the band an edge, and a fuller back sound a master stroke.
This band just gets better and better, a highly professional and  dedicated  musically inspired band that ooze talent.
I can’t wait for more to come.

Keith Blackledge,  Music Reviewer for the North West.

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