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

Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 25, 2012

Thursday, 19th April, 2012

This five piece blues band, based in Leeds, gave a cracking gig. The place was jumping from the very first number and the atmosphere was electric. Paddy Wells, the bands front man – on lead vocal and blues harp – took centre stage and sweated blood – what a performer and a terrific voice.

Gary Whitaker on guitar was fabulous. He is a brilliant musician and his riffs and licks were tremendous. Tim Frith on guitar – he and Gary switched lead roles time after time – another talent in the band.  Fred Hiebler on bass guitar – what a sound, and a very talented musician and just one half of a very effective rhythm section-  on the drums was Brett Biggs, a good solid performance and backing vocalist.

The band has been together for three years and are a must-see band and a safe bet at any venue. They are a genuine band that works hard to entertain. The band concentrate on the Chicago Blues genre and they have an extensive repertoire. Their rendition of “Nickel and Dimes”, “Killing Floor”, “Shame Shame, Shame”,  “Mellow Down Easy”,  and “Stormy Monday” were all terrific and took the roof off.

The band was having a good time you could tell, and the packed crowd were shouting for more even after two encores. The band has some more engagements and will be playing at Burnley Rock & Blues Festival on the Sunday, 6th May, and on the day before, at The Duck and Drake on Saturday, 5th May, in Leeds.

This band are due to play several large blues festivals this year – all they need is to be in the right place at the right time and they could take off big style.  I have no doubt that they will be back wowing the faithful in the not too distant future.

Keith Blackledge, Independent Music Reviewer for the North West


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