Review: The Fuschi Trio – The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 12.09.13
Posted on: Wednesday, Sep 18, 2013
At this popular venue for blues fans, hosted by Lucas Campbell, Paulo Fuschi and his band blew the place away!
A night to remember in the history of BJ’s, with ‘The Fuschi Trio’. Formally Fuschi4, the band has morphed and is now, sadly, no more. Paulo Fuschi, originally from Sicily, now living in Manchester, fronted the band on guitar and vocals, with Justin Hearn on keyboard, Adam Dawson on drums with guesting bass player Ryan Hayes. They were also joined for one number by local musician, guitarist Alex Danson.
Fuschi4 were renowned for their ‘blues/funk’ style, but a change in line up brought a change in style. The evening kicked off with ‘Every Day I Have The Blues’. This was brilliantly performed with a jazzy blues flavour, in the distinctive ‘Fuschi’ style. Some more traditional blues to follow then a bit of classy Reggae, ‘No Woman No Cry’, showed the versatility of these musicians … and they are all ‘class’ musicians of the first order!
A great version of the Bill Withers track, ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’ , certainly a ‘jazzy’ feel, then into an up tempo, funky number , ‘I Should Have Quit You’.
Back to the ‘blues’ with a superb rendition of Willie Dixon’s song ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, then straight into the Free track ‘The Hunter. Wow …what a great first set!!!
The second set brought in yet another side of their musical ability with some 50’s style tracks. Then a fantastic jazzed up version of ‘Sonny’ with some superb keyboard playing from Justin and an excellent jazz drum style by Adam. Great vocals and guitar as usual by Paulo.
Next was Albert Kings ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, with a ‘funky’ edge, a great guitar solo on this. Followed by a BB King standard ‘The Thrill Has Gone’, with superb bass from Ryan. It was at this point that a young local musician, guitarist Alex Danson was invited to play, and gave a well played rendition of ‘Stormy Monday’, with a great guitar solo, so well done Alex.
As the set drew to a close they played some rockin’ R&B which got the dancers up and a great reggae version of ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ . They were given a well deserved encore and played ‘Chicago’. This provided an opportunity for a bit of audience participation and an excuse for a ‘boogie’!
They weren’t going to be let off that easily and for the second encore they played the most superb version of ‘Summertime’. This was Paolo’s pièce de résistance. What a magic evening!
ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive