Review: Papa Legba – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 26th June

Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014

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Another great evening at the prestigious BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club hosted by Lucas Campbell at The Minstrel in Chorley.

Papa Legba are a rockin’ three piece band from the Liverpool area … and ‘rock’ the place they did!!!

With the magic fingers of Alan Crawford on guitar and vocals, Scott Crawford on pounding bass and backing vocals, and Graham Brighouse on powerhouse drums and harmonica, they took the club by storm, kicking off the evening with Deep Purple’s ‘Hush’.

A great rendition of ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby’ followed, with superb guitar and drum work, with Alan showing true professionalism as he carried on with a broken string! An interesting take on the Amy Winehouse classic ‘Back On Black’ , then back to Zeppelin’s ‘Dazed And Confused’, with brilliant drumming from Graham. This led straight into a terrific version of ‘Crossroads’ with super hot guitar from Alan.

Slowing the pace down with Eddie Boyd’s ‘Five Long Years’ in the Clapton style, then back to rockin’ it up with the Howlin Wolf classic, ‘Killing Floor’. To finish off the first set, Cream’s ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’, just excellent!

A mixed bag in the second half, with some classic Led Zeppelin, ‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’, INXS’s ‘You’ll Never Tear Us Apart’ and Sonny Boy Williamson’s ‘Bring It On Home’ with Graham leaving his drums to play a mean blues harp! This was interspersed with Zeppelin’s ‘Heartbreaker’, an excellent take.

They performed a great version of Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’ with Scot taking lead vocals. Some classics followed with ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’, ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ and a very interesting rockin’ version of ‘Jolene’!

The final song for the evening Fleetwood Mac’s, ‘The Chain’ with Scot showing off his bass talents. They performed a well deserved encore with a mixed bag of Hendrix, Thin Lizzy, Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free and even a bit of Beatles!

A brilliant end to a buzzin’ evening from these talented young men. If you like rockin’ blues these guys do it all!

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive

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