Review: The Tommy Allen Band – BJs Blues Club at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Friday, Jul 20, 2012

Thursday, 12th July, 2012

Hi everybody – just back off holiday to enjoy a blistering blues performance from three very talented musicians. The Tommy Allen Blues Band had hit town and what a band. From the off you could see and hear a solid, good tight band musically superb and vocally just brilliant.

Tommy Allen, front man and founder of the band, played lead guitar and sang lead vocals; the rhythm section was handled by bassist Chris Lomas, and on the drums, Micky Barker. This fantastic trio have been together for about five years and have performed all over the country at various venues.

They are what you call a blues band with guts, and something for everyone. “Rock Steady” was one of their numbers and they were, throughout this performance. “Crazy in Love” was another number they did and the good humoured, enthusiastic packed crowd was crazy for more the first set was a blur.

Tommy with his great guitar work was stunning and was applauded accordingly. Micky Barker on a simple kit was just fantastic and the pounding steady bass of Chris Lomas was just ace. This band is well worth a look they are what blues is all about – rollicking good music!

Tommy Allen has set up a charity for his three year old son Charlie – he has Kabuki Syndrome. Please check out the web site to learn more:

www.kabukiuk.com

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National and International Music Reviewer

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