Review: Bonnie Mac Band – Pleasures And Pains

Posted on: Friday, Jul 18, 2014

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Review for BONNIE MAC BAND – CD – ‘PLEASURES AND PAINS’ – 2014 Self Release

The first album ‘Pleasures And Pains’ from this popular band, is set to cause a stir. The Bonnie Mac Band hail from Leeds and fronting the band on excellent vocals is Sheila McFarlane. On superb guitars is Geoff Waddington, with Ian Scaif bluesing it on harmonicas, Craig Jackson on pounding bass and John Sharp on power house drums. Pete Kenyon guested on keys. All the numbers on the album are self penned and it was produced by Red Fox Productions.

The first track on this debut album is ‘Queen Jealousy’, a down to earth blues with excellent harp and vocals. Following is a lovely track, ‘The Flood’. This was put out as a single last year and is a great harp driven blues.

‘Heart And Soul’ is an up tempo track with a hint of ZZ Top and great vocals, love it! Slowing the pace next, with an easy listen number ‘Time Again’. Then back to a well done classic blues, ‘Little By Little’. leading into a slower tempo number, ‘Double Crossed’ with haunting harp playing.

A great Chicago style blues which is harp led, with ‘Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean’. Then raising the tempo a foot tapping rockin’ blues, ‘Get It Right’, great rhythm and blues. A change on the next track ‘Ain’t No Fool’ which is funking’ it up with nice rhythms and some great guitar work.

The final track on this very competent album, and probably my favourite, is ‘Ball And Chain’ with driving bass and super raw acoustic guitar, great harp playing and vocals.

All in all a good album and well worth a play. The Bonnie Mac Band also play a ‘class’ live set, so if you get the chance to see them , take it!

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive

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