Review: Tom Doughty & Graham Bellinger – Alexander’s, Rufus Court, Chester: 29.05.13

Posted on: Sunday, Jun 2, 2013

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The duo of Northwich-based slide maestro Tom Doughty, and the almost-resident at the venue, Graham Bellinger – who has been a mainstay on the Chester folk scene for a long, long time and also is a member of such bands as Root Chords and The Deportees – played a sparkling free gig at Alexander’s in Chester, delivering a mix of blues/folk and World music and beyond.

Tom Doughty is without doubt one of the finest acoustic/slide players in the country and has graced festival and club stages for a good many years now, his lap style playing is quite stunning, with beautiful tone to match.

Highlights of a most enjoyable evening were a cracking version of Bob Dylan’s “Girl From The North Country; the powerful and hard-hitting Tom Doughty composition “Zimbabwe” and also “Life Is Just A Journey” brought the audience to their feet. Together, the two musicians combined their talents and different types of music to often improvise and veer slightly away from the norm.

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Pictures & words: Bob & Carole Berg

www.grahambellinger.jimdo.com

www.tomdoughty.com

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