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

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 6, 2012

Friday, 29th November, 2012

There were no electric shocks or fuses blown here, all was safe and sound in the hands of Bare Wires from the North West. They have a musical pedigree stretching over 30 years and are well respected and are leading lights on the music circuit for their professionalism and musicianship. Bare Wires were an instant success and gave a direct high voltage performance from start to finish.

The band played a mix of  r&b covers from their extensive repertoire along with several original works. Chris “Whiz” Gee on lead vocal and a scintillating blues harp, stood and delivered, as a good front man does. Paul (Power Pack) Gilchrist on lead guitar /slide guitar and vocals was just superb, and is the main man responsible for the long running success of the band. Paul (Electric Digits) Minshull on electric piano another great performance from him, his solos and fills were excellent, and his layers of sound just embellished the bands overall performance.

The ‘hotwired’ rhythm section were switched on Andy ‘Sparky’ Schemet on bass guitar along with Tim ‘Halogen’ Franks on the drums, they just sparkled. The bands cover selections were from the likes of T Bone Walker, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Robert Johnson, Bo Diddly, Jimmy Witherspoon, Freddie King, Chuck Berry and many more, it was ‘mains power’ all the way to a packed crowd dancing the night away,’ Brilliant’.

Keith Blackledge.

National & International Music reviewer

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