Review: Willie Nile / George Borowski & The Fabulous Wonderfuls – Bluefunk at The Snowgoose Live, Macclesfield

Posted on: Monday, Apr 29, 2013

Friday, 26th April, 2013

So glad we made the decision to head out to Macclesfield for a most enjoyable evening at The Snowgoose Live … one of the venues used by the Bluefunk Rhythm and Blues Club. We did, however, initially end up in the wrong place .. there is The Snowgoose Café Bar that also has live music on, so be careful what you put in your sat nav!!! We eventually found the venue, arriving half way through the first bands set, and I finally met up with Garry White who runs the Bluefunk Blues. It’s always good to put a face to a name.

On the stage were George Borowski & The Fabulous Wonderfuls. What a great atmosphere was created with this local band. The excellent George Borowski fronts the band on guitar and vocals, with Gaynor Wilson also on vocals with a unexpectedly powerful voice. On the guitar was Trish Watt, a young lady who just has that ‘certain something’ when performing the lead solo. Her phrasing was superb and played with great empathy in each track … a lady to watch out for! The power house rhythm section were Tom Hastings on bass and vocals and Fran Johnson on drums.

It was certainly a very strong performance with some class harmonies. George has great rapport and engaged well with the audience providing a well put together and memorable performance. A band that I would have on my ‘must see’ list!

After a short break, the main act of the evening, Willie Nile, took to the stage. What a ‘full on’ performance … this band are so well tuned together (if a tad loud) that each track played would have got a large festival audience on their feet!! Great charisma from front man Willie Nile with plenty of showmanship from guitarist Matt Hogan and John Pisano on bass. The drummer, Alex Alexander was in a class of his own with an ease of playing, but also a hard hitting powerhouse. Willie is a seasoned singer songwriter, born in Buffalo NY and has been associated with many top class musicians over the years.

We were able to catch up and have a chat with Willie after the gig, at another Bluefunk venue, Cabin 5150. He is a very mild man with no airs and graces. Although his music is not traditionally steeped in the blues, there is a deep seat to the roots of rock and folk rock. It was a pleasure to meet and to talk to him and I hope to catch the band again in the future when they visit Britain again. His new album ‘American Ride’ is due for release in June.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive

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