Review: The Bonnie Mac Band – The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013

Thursday, 6th June, 2013

I was delighted to meet the band who travelled all the way from West Yorkshire to debut here in Chorley at BJ’s. This five piece band really delivered the goods a mixture of classic blues covers. The lovely Sheila Mac took centre stage with her sultry subtle blues delivery and has been recognised for her vocal renditions within the music business by recently being an inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame as Great Blues Artist.

“The Flood”, the bands new original single, is an excellent number and shows the many skills the band has. I was impressed in that they had only been together for two years such is the bands understanding and feeling the groove. Talking of feeling the groove step forward Ian Scaife – a great harmonica player and a nugget of a find –  he was brilliant, his playing of “ On The Road Again” by Canned Heat, was spot on, and “Down In The Dirt” by Nine Below Zero was exceptional.

The rhythm section was the backbone throughout the entire performance Craig (Boom) Jackson on a cracking bass guitar; and on the skins John (Razor) Sharp; and lastly the man on lead guitar with his riffs and flicks and effects was Geoff Waddington – a compendium of talent from him. The covers the band performed were from Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Lucille Bogan, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore and Koko Taylor – the list went on, marvellous stuff. This honest blues band earned their corn they were better than terrific.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & International music reviewer  

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