Review: The Hamilton Loomis Band at Haig House, Liverpool – 6th June, 2014
Posted on: Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014
The Hamilton Loomis Band at Haig House, Liverpool – 6th June, 2014
The return of Hamilton Loomis and his band to Liverpool was guaranteed to attract a substantial audience to the elegant function room of Haig House, the home of Garston Royal British Legion, where he has become a firm favourite. The singer/guitarist from Galveston, Texas was admirably backed by the latest incarnation of his excellent band: Fabian Hernandez on sax and keyboards, Dante Ware on bass guitar and Armando Aussenac on drums.
The first set drew heavily on the band’s most recent album, Give It Back, opening with a funky instrumental, followed by the medium-paced “Eternally”, complete with some fine vocal harmony. Funk mode was soon restored with “Whatever You Want” before the heavier beating ”Partner In Crime” made way for a splendid version of Mycle Wasman’s slow burning “Smoking Gun”, which featured a superb solo on suitably smoking sax.
The guitarmeister introduced his highly skilled harmonica playing to the proceedings to start the bouncy shuffle “She’s Had Enough” and Dante Ware demonstrated his considerable ability with a terrific bass solo on “Stuck In A Rut”. The fine ballad, “A Woman Like You”, was graced by a beautifully lyrical guitar solo and the slow and funky “Give It Back” by another helping of magic from Fabian Hernandez before the set was concluded with the somewhat heavier “High”.
The second session was set in motion with a funky, upbeat instrumental and the lively “Bad Intentions” as a prelude to the introduction of some old favourites into the mix. “No, No, No” and “Workin’ Real Hard” inspired an enthusiastic occupation of the dance floor, while “Slow Lover”, with some great harp work and a dazzling guitar solo, incorporating echoes of John Lee Hooker and Led Zeppelin and a customary bout of table hopping, brought the house down.
A lively rocker, with all four band members in spectacular form, brought the set to a close and a double encore, comprising a brilliant version of Stevie Wonder’s “Sir Duke” and a marvellous, extended rendition of the enduringly popular “Bow Wow”, rounded off a wonderful evening’s entertainment.