Review: Paul James Unlimited Blues – The Red Herring, Coppull: 24.08.13

Posted on: Thursday, Sep 5, 2013

The Red Herring in Coppull, managed by Steve Cranshaw, is a new venue to me, so it was with great pleasure that I accepted an invitation from Ian Sharrock from the band Free Fall, whom I had seen gig one Saturday night at the Hop Pocket in Chorley some months previous.

Ian has managed to persuade two of his band members from Free Fall to join him in this new venture namely, Colin Smith on drums and Paul Atherton, front man/ lead vocal and lead guitar, and they have been joined by veteran bassist Kevin Thomson a highly sought after musician with a great sounding five-string Yamaha rig, known to Ian for some years when they played together in a rock band.

The band struck up and I can say without a shadow of a doubt that when they have ironed out a few wrinkles here and there this band will be in high demand. The band selects some well-known covers and then reconfigures it to suit their needs, plus classic covers from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore, Cream, and many more. Several bands are doing this to keep the original cover interesting and fresh. I for one liked what they did and so did the audience as they filed out passing positive comments to Ian as we sat chatting.

The formula for any successful band is musicianship, stage presence, plus a selection of music to entertain, something you will remember, and this band have it in spades, I will remember Paul James Unlimited, no ‘red herrings’ just honest blues music.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & International music reviewer

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