Review: Bluestown – BJs Rock In The Blues, The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 17.10.13

Posted on: Monday, Oct 21, 2013

A newly formed blues/soul band Bluestown had its debut at this ever popular music venue in Chorley last Thursday. Paul Gilchrist on lead guitar heads this new band playing only their sixth gig; he was the founder of the band Bare Wires based in Manchester.

Paul has been at the forefront of the music scene here in the North West for a number of years and is still keen to peruse other avenues of music, in doing so he has acquired the outstanding vocal talents of Lwazi, born in Durban, South Africa, but now living in England after studying at Edinburgh University taking her degree.

Lwazi has that rich tone in her voice made to measure for the soulful blues she expresses, but her vocal range lends itself to more up tempo numbers in the set, “Let The Good Times Roll”, “You Give Me Nothing But The Blues”, “Big Boss Man”, “I’m A Woman” and “Rocket In My Pocket”, just to give you a flavour of Lwazi’s range.

Chris Perrin on keys – he has a fantastic sounding set up and I’m sure he will be a great asset to the band and this was his first gig with them and showed what an excellent musician he is. The rhythm section on the drums was Colin Smith – an all-round good performance from him, an excellent time keeper; and on the bass guitar was Peter Irving – a steady performance.

This band with a few more gigs under its collective belt will be the business, and I can tell you it will be sooner rather than later the basic talent is there, now the moulding process begins, collectively they did make an excellent start.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

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