Review: After Hours – True Blues Club, Newton-le-Willows

Posted on: Monday, May 14, 2012

Friday, 11th May, 2012

What a fantastic night’s entertainment again at this brilliant club. The band After Hours took to the stage and wowed the audience. If you didn’t go you missed a treat.

This blues trio from Preston in Lancashire, played a great mix of blues standards from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush, T –Bone Walker and B.B. King, along with their own original compositions.

Lee Wharton on lead guitar and lead vocal took centre stage – his brilliant renditions of Hendrix’s masterpieces were absolutely marvellous. He is a very talented musician indeed. Lee and his band have been together playing on the North West music circuit and blues festivals and have gained a reputation as one of the best blues trios around.

Lee also writes the bands compositions of which several were played on the night. He has great musicians in his band – on bass guitar was veteran blues man Doug Long. He was just superb and not a bad vocalist in his own right. I particularly liked his rendition of the number “St James Infirmary”, played on his modern long case double bass and a subtle “Summertime” reference midway – just superb as a slow tempo blues number.

On the drums was Ann Batty – a great performance from her, and she has only been with the band about 18 months or so but kept the band on course. This band does what it says on the tin, a hard working band who entertain and play the blues, enough said.

Keith Blackledge, national & international music reviewer, based in the North West

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