Review: The Voodoo Hogs – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: Thursday, 5th June

Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014

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The Voodoo Hogs travelled from the Greater Manchester/Cheshire region of the North West on their debut, to entertain a packed crowd  in Chorley.

Graham Hetherington, front man and veteran lead vocalist, started the first set in a no-nonsense fashion with his trade mark gruff, guttural voice presenting classic blues covers – opening the first set with ‘Killing Floor’, ‘White Room’ and ‘Sharp Dressed Man’. That set the benchmark – concluding with ‘Let’s Work Together’.

On lead guitar was Gary Diack – a performance which was strong and steady from the first chord. The rhythm section was, on bass guitar Phil Marsland, and on the drums an energetic Gary Burgess.

The band made steady progress in the second set with ‘Purple Haze’ and ‘Foxy Lady’ and my favourite of the night ‘Like a Hurricane’, and finished with a few rock ‘n’ roll numbers to rousing applause. Since forming 18 months ago and performing on the North West circuit the word will spread further afield – who let the Hog out?

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

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