Review: Rhythm Zoo – The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 05.09.13

Posted on: Saturday, Sep 14, 2013

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At this popular venue for blues fans, hosted by Lucas Campbell, Rhythm Zoo played a brilliant set.

Hailing from Shrewsbury, this excellent blues band returned to the prestigious venue with a fresh line-up. Fronted by Andi Hall on vocals, Phil Dean on guitar with some vocals, Pete Betts on bass and Dermot Hall on drums, they had the audience in the palm of their hands. Andi kicked off the evening with a great opener, ‘Wild Wild Woman’, with a hint of what great guitar solos were in store from Phil.

Playing a mix of blues styles, Andi’s voice has the edge for the sultry end. One of my particular favourites, which Andi dedicated the late Maggie Ross, was ‘I Sing The Blues’ and was sung with passion. She also did the classic, ‘Stormy Monday’. This has been a regular in the set and never fails to please. A superb guitar solo from Phil.

A great number ‘Going Back To Memphis’ with some haunting guitar from Phil, was really well sung by Andi. As was the self-penned number ‘Crazy Kitten Blues’.

Towards the end of the evening the tempo was raised with some great audience participation from ‘I’ve Got My Mojo Working’, getting the dancers up and a superb rendition of ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ with some ‘class’ bass playing from Pete. The final number of the set, The Doors number, ‘Roadhouse Blues’, was a great cover to end the evening.

For the encore, which they well deserved, was a new number in the repertoire. A Beth Hart track, ‘Am I The One’. This was really well sung and played. Andi did have reservations about performing this difficult number, but she shouldn’t have worried. It was a great end to a well put together set from this excellent blues band Rhythm Zoo.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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