Review: The Witnesses – The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 08.08.13

Posted on: Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013

Gerry O’Gorman, the frontman of this band, is a talented musician/singer songwriter and has been plying his trade for a number of years and is a well- known figure here in the North West.

This band has a number of musicians who Gerry can call on in an emergency, with the Harries brother’s unavailable, Jimmy Gansler from the band Cheating Hearts stepped in playing guitar, mandolin and vocals and backing vocals – a musician of many talents and an asset to any band; on bass guitar and modern double bass was Frank Brierley, who showed off his own vocal capabilities, and lastly on a mean lead guitar and vocals was Tom O’Gorman.

The band gave us a mix of country, blues, and rock & roll as well as some original works penned by Gerry – superb, something for everyone and the regular dancers were in form as well. Gerry is promoting his new CD entitled “Better to Have Loved”, inspired by the fans and players of Burnley Football Club, with eleven tracks, “A real passionate unique album”, words by BBC Radio Lancashire’s D J Phil Brown.

Gerry will be performing with the Flat Back 4 another arm of Gerry’s band at the Burnley Mechanics Theatre on 31st October, 2013 – www.burnleymechanics.co.uk – for further information.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

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