Review: The Escape Committee – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 17th April, 2014

Posted on: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014

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A welcome return of this band from the Warrington area, The Escape Committee, that came to entertain the packed crowd here at BJ’s.

The band was formed more than 30 years ago by frontman and lead guitarist and lead vocalist Peter “Sarge “Frampton. Peter has been a beacon for the blues /rock genre here in the North West and musically has no boundaries, such is the dedication and talents of the man.

Peter, now retired from teaching, has time now to concentrate on his music and will enter into a variety of musical projects. The band over the years has taken many turns and has had the best of musicians with him on stage. The rhythm section was Paul Burgess on the drums – and if the name rings a bell then you will know that he played with the famous band 10cc. On the bass guitar was John Gibson – a brilliant musician and has that easy style about him a solid line – and along with Paul were absolutely spot on.

Peter, with his voice range a cross between Stevie Winwood and Eric Clapton, gets into the heart of the song, a natural – with covers by Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jimi Hendrix , Cream, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and many more –  just fantastic and technically superb,  it just blended.

An entertaining evening with a band that sets the bench mark, cracking!

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

 National & international music reviewer

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