Review: Bluestown – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 27th March, 2014

Posted on: Saturday, Apr 5, 2014

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The return of this new band was eagerly awaited as it was only in October last year they played their debut and brought the house down. This is the brain child of guitarist Paul Gilchrist who was the founder of the Manchester band Bare Wires, but on leaving Manchester to seek retirement in Cumbria, has again come up trumps and formed another excellent band.

They indulge themselves in a mix of soulful blues/Americana and I have to say they do this with clarity and expertise and this is achieved with some skilful playing from Paul Gilchrist on guitar and backing vocals, with a tight rhythm section of Peter Irving on bass guitar and Colin Smith on drums, and the star of the line- up is a brilliant female vocalist by the name of Lwazi, from Durban, South Africa.

Soulful with a capital” S” she has a remarkable voice wrapped in a gentle relaxed style and a very modest presentation, she just nails it. A string of covers in a two set show featured the likes of “Let The Good Times Roll”, “Jump For Joy”, “Little Green Talking Frog”, “Mercedes Benz”, “Nutbush City Limits” to name a few.

Under the wings of Paul Gilchrist the band have a future with a strong possibility of adding some original material to complement this popular genre of music?

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National and international music reviewer

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