Review: The New Brunswick Battle Of The Bands – The Final

Posted on: Monday, Apr 1, 2013

The New Brunswick Battle Of The Bands – The Final

Scala, Kings Cross, London:  Tuesday, 26th March, 2013

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The time had arrived for the five talented heat winners from the length and breadth of the U.K. plus a sixth judges selection to entertain a packed crowd at the Scala and win the opportunity of a lifetime to springboard their musical careers to a new level and perform at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton from the 10th-15th September, 2013, in Canada.

David Migden and The Dirty Words Small for web.jpg

The festival now in its 23rd year, has for the last three years included acts from the U.K. – 24 Pesos won it in 2011; The Groove-A-Matics in 2012; and this year’s winners are DAVID MIGDEN AND THE DIRTY WORDS (pictured above) from Tunbridge Wells, who won the Southern heat. This talented five piece band were David Migden on lead vocal, Phil Scragg on bass guitar, James Sedge on drums and percussion, Joe Gibson on guitar and Graham Mann on keyboard – just a terrific all round sound and performing original material from their second album entitled “KILLING IT”. They treated us to three of the tracks: “REVEREND JACK CROW”, a soulful blues number; “HEAVEN” and “DESERT INSIDE”, a mid tempo rocky blues number with a country twist; the number “SECOND HAND TATTOO” was the title track from another album cut in 2011.

It’s hard to put their music in a particular box as it does tend to cross over and twist its way through, rock /jazz/ soul/blues and country something for every taste and they manage it superbly. This is a band that has no boundaries and shrewdly selects pieces of music that they then mould and blend to suit and I for one think they have what it takes.

www.davidmigdenandthedirtywords.com  -WINNERS OF THE FINAL

The Laurence Jones Band: www.laurencejonesmusic.com – with bags of potential and winners of the North West Heat. At the TRUE BLUES CLUB Newton-le-Willows.

The Dove & Boweevil Band: www.doveandboweevil.co.uk – winners of the South East heat.

STREET CORNER BLUES: Chris James & Martin Fletcher –  winners of the North East heat.

Ben Smith: www.bensmithguitar.com Sawston Cambridgeshire (judges choice)

The Boston Tea Party: www.facebook.com/TheBostonTeaParty winners of the Scottish heat.

It takes talent and all these bands have the talent and they will go on performing doing what they do best playing fantastic music for us to enjoy.

Keith Blackledge

National & International Music Reviewer

(Based in the North West)

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