Review: Sly Fox – BJs at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Monday, Mar 26, 2012

This  four piece rock/blues band from the Stalybridge area have been around for the past 30 years and have some standing and following in the North West. The core of the band are David Bridge and Michael Walsh – they are the driving force behind Sly Fox. The rest of the personnel have changed over the years but the bands dedication to producing original works to a high standard is paramount.

David Bridge on rhythm guitar and lead vocal  and the band’s  principal song writer, along with Michael  Walsh on lead guitar and backing vocals are musicians of the highest quality and the buzz the band gets  from an audience is everything.

The rhythm section is in the very capable hands of two great musicians another winning combination,  on  bass guitar is the shy and retiring figure of Tony Cooper….not…. no way Jose.   As his name suggests (Cooper) he  bobs and weaves his way around the stage like a coiled spring,  a bass player with attitude and a  knockout punch,   plus  his long black tailed coat sets him apart as a fashionista this guy is worth watching..  superb.

The latest addition to the band is drummer Carl Fell,  he has been with the band six months, and has a wealth of experience,  he has played on all manner of cruise ships,   which is always a good grounding for a musician, playing all the various genres of music, he has  also a   B. A. Hons Diploma  in music studies from Leeds University.
The band have a new cd out , entitled “Tales  from the  Mill”,  this was completed in June 2011, and cut at the Woodend Mill studios in Mossley.
The C D has five tracks and  typifies what the band is about musically, the first track, “I Just Wanna Make Love To You” is a mid tempo rock blues number about a girl, love and lust.
Track two is again a mid -tempo track,   lucky to have loved and lost.
Track three, an up tempo one this time, Status Quo-esque, the guitar says it all,  and a big finish.
Track four, this is a fun track, a popsicle number to dance to a 50’s style jive, candy sweet, cherry pie, plenty of energy.
Track five, this is my favourite,   a slow blues number,  again a classic Heart Ache and Pain,   and get over it ! Brilliant.
I liked the cd,  it is a good bench mark for this bands creativity and style.
Keith Blackledge,    Independent Music Reviewer,   North West.
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