Review: The Walter Trout Benefit Night – True Blues at Earlestown Conservative Club, Newton-le-Willows: Saturday, 17th May

Posted on: Monday, May 26, 2014

The idea was born and acted upon and I can say that the night was a great success. When the word spread about Walter Trout’s illness – a liver transplant is needed for this great American guitarist  – bands contacted Graham to play and pray for Walter. Brian Filson a friend of the great man contacted Graham and the ball was truly rolling.

Double Cut – a band of veteran musicians including Brian Filson on guitar, Neil Scallion on keys, Steve Smith on bass guitar and John Taylor on drums opened the event which started at 2 pm. Blackstone & the Bandits, Hoochie Coochie Band and Preston’s After Hours Blues Band with Lee Wharton on lead guitar and vocals, Doug Long on bass guitar and Ann Batty on drums, who have played this brilliant venue more than once concluded the first part of this bonanza of blues.

The Buzzz were up next with Simon Lynd on lead vocals and lead guitar, Ben Hindley on a superb bass and completing the line- up Ken ‘Dixie’ Hancock. Jon Casey Blues with Jon front and centre on lead vocal, what a voice, on lead guitar, on bass Steve Faulkner and Jimmy Mac on drums.

An added surprise to the proceeding for me was the arrival of Peter ‘Sarge’ Frampton a fantastic musician who I have had the pleasure of reviewing before; he was accompanying MaKuini who shortly will be in a brand new production of the ‘Etta James Story’ later this year. The Extras –  another great band of excellent musicians from the Southport area gave us some hot R&B from the 70s Canvey Island era, with Joan Bimson on bass, Dave Woods on lead guitar, Mark Prescott on drums and the return of Darren Lee, front man and lead vocal.

A new young hot talent and guest musician hit the stage brought in by Brian Filson, his name Dave Sutton. He played rhythm and lead guitar and was invited by various bands to join them on stage, a name for the future I think.

With raffles, an auction of memorabilia, a picture of Walter, the entrance money, and an on-line raffle prize of a donated guitar by Trevor Wilkinson signed by all the participants from Shepherds Bush and Glasgow fundraisers, over £1,000 was raised on the night for Walter; and anybody wishing to donate should contact Graham Woodhouse on Facebook, at the True Blues Club –  www.facebook.com/pages/True-blues-Club/166719596676406

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & International music reviewer

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