Review: The Escape Committee – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Sunday, Apr 15, 2012

Thursday, 12th April, 2012

Peter ‘Sarge’ Frampton on lead guitar and vocals formed The Escape Committee some twenty odd years ago, the personnel might have changed over the years but the standard of musicianship has not, this is a ‘power pack’ foursome of the finest quality.

John Gibson on bass guitar has been with the band for several years now and is one of the best bassists I have heard in the North West to date – his steady pace was a delight he is a very unassuming band member, and just to know he’s there batting for you is enough, superb.

On the drums is Paul Burgess – he has been with the band for a while and his association with Peter goes back in time to the 70s and has played in numerous bands and projects, with his relaxed style and competency he is a top draw drummer a talented time keeper, and indeed he has played with the best, including 10CC.

The band also have a keyboard player by the name of George Glover – another veteran of the music business. His style is somewhat laid back but a brilliant musician, and is still involved with the Climax Blues Band. The Escape Committee plays a mix of the best of British and American blues, all great standards for any blues band these days, however Peter has an edge in that he rearranges the music to give a bit of a twist although instantly recognisable as a classic it’s like listening to it for the first time yet somehow familiar.

The band has a following nationwide but they tend to concentrate in the North West where Peter is based, in Warrington. Peter and his band have an understanding telepathy, and I think they have what is described as a tight, well-rehearsed set up and they do three things very well indeed; they are committed as a band to play great music, to entertain, and to create a fantastic atmosphere – what more is there to say!

Keith Blackledge Independent Music Reviewer for the North West

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