Review: The Nimmo Brothers at the Rolls Royce Club, Barnoldswick – 13th October 2012

Posted on: Thursday, Oct 18, 2012

Nimmo Brothers at Barnoldswick

 

The Nimmos Brothers at the Rolls Royce Club, Barnoldswick – 13 October 2012

It was ten years since the Nimmo Brothers last appeared at the Rolls Royce Club and it took a special occasion to get them there again – the special birthday celebrations of Ruby Demain. Organised by Ruby’s husband, Des, the event attracted an enthusiastic audience of Nimmo fans to the very tastefully refurbished venue.

Backed by their now well-established rhythm section of Dave Raeburn on drums and Mat Beable on bass guitar, the brothers charged into action with the first of six numbers from their superb and most recent album, Brother To Brother, which were spread through the hour and three quarter-long set. Intermingled with those numbers was a selection of old favourites, including “Flat Broke” with Alan on lead vocals and the splendid ballad, “If I Could See Through Your Eyes” with Stevie in the driving seat.

The new album was represented by the lively “Still Here Strummin’”, the wonderfully poignant “Living Again” and the openly defiant “Never Gonna Walk On Me” while the earlier songbook delivered another gem in the shape of “Long Way From Everything”. There was also a terrific version of “Need Your Love So Bad”, chosen by Ruby as a touching reminder of the evening when she and Des first met.

Other delights included “Waiting For My Heart To Fall”, which highlighted the complementary vocal skills of Alan and Stevie, and “Shape I’m In”, the foot-tapping rocker penned by Marc Benno, Doyle Bramhall and Doyle Bramhall II. A great rendition of “Black Cat Bone topped off the brilliant performance, which confirmed that this magnificent band has lost none of its spectacular ability and infectious energy and still retains its position at the peak of the UK’s blues-rock contenders. In particular, the singing and guitar playing of the brothers was truly exceptional.

LIONEL ROSS

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