Review: The Shakers – BJs Rock In The Blues Club @ The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 19.09.13

Posted on: Monday, Sep 23, 2013

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At this popular venue for blues fans, hosted by Lucas Campbell, ‘The Shakers’ from the Fylde gave a well received performance.

The Lancashire blues band describe themselves as “a hard rockin’ rhythm & blues band from deep in the Fylde Coast Delta” and did not fall short of that! With John Caroll fronting the band on guitar, vocals and harmonica, Chris Peacock on guitar, Brian Hunter on bass and vocals and Craig Holland on drums, the band gave a rockin’ show.

Kicking off the evening a Clapton style instrumental blues ‘Stepping Out’, John set the scene by taking his guitar into the audience. A great beginning to a fun evening. Next ‘King Bee’, with a masterful guitar solo from John, which got the dancers up early!

They gave a nice rendition of the John Lee Hooker number ‘Dimples’, with John on harp, followed by a T Bone Walker slow blues ‘Stormy Monday’. Then a change of tempo with ‘Unchain My Heart’, a well put together track with Brian on vocals and a great guitar solo.

The standard ‘I’ve Got My Mojo Working’, but performed in a ‘bluegrass’ style made a refreshing change with Brian on vocals and John on harp. Then on to my favourite track of the evening Howlin Wolf’s, ‘Little Red Rooster’ . A brilliant performance of this number … and they even invited Beryl up on stage with her tambourine, excellent!

A couple of well performed classic numbers to end the first set, ‘Crossroads’ followed by ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’

After the break John did a solo blues number on his resonator guitar, with some great slide. The band then went into a classic Hendrix number ‘Foxy Lady’. Followed by a standard 12 bar blues ‘Before You Accuse Me’.

Another Hendrix number ‘Red House’ , with some great slide guitar from John as he disappeared into the audience yet again. The next number was more pop than blues, ‘ Feel Like Making Love’, but was popular with the dancers. As was the next up tempo soul number.

A good cover of the Otis Rush track ‘All Your Love’ in a Mayall style, then on to the last number of the set, a nice version of the up tempo ‘Treat Her Right’ … with the added bonus of Beryl again!

A well deserved encore gave us ‘Superstition’, which was played to a packed dance floor. A good end to a fun night. The Shakers don’t claim to be the best blues band in the world, but with great interaction with the audience, they made this a memorable evening. Let’s hope we see them back at BJ’s next year.

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Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive – ‘KEEPING LIVE MUSIC ALIVE’

For information on blues based gigs in the local area and around the NW check my website: www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive

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