Review: Ramshackle – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: Thursday, 31st July

Posted on: Friday, Aug 8, 2014

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Ramshackle are a four-piece blues band from the North West driven by front man Simon Noble on lead guitar and lead vocals, in his gritty style, and a master on the guitar and slide guitar, set the pace as they made their debut in Chorley.

Over the last twelve months the band have been busy gigging and writing new material which they are putting together on a new CD, a work in progress, but should be finished before the end of the Summer, with their busy schedule, they have hit the ground running as they say.

Andy Lewis on keys is a nugget of a fined and brings to the table a wealth of experience and his solos and interplaying with Simon were brilliant, and his vocals on “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney was refreshing and clear.

Next the rhythm section, this well-oiled machine put its foot firmly down and as a pairing did the job with Craig Robinson on bass guitar and backing vocals with superb play on “Matchbox” by Jonny Lang and on the drums, John A Hilton, again brilliant work on “Come Together” by The Beatles.

This was a blues band on fire with other covers from Bill Perry, Walter Trout, Robert Cray, Susan Tedeschi, and two original works “Mad Man on My Mind” and “Long Way Home” cracking stuff. Ramshackle are a band that has grown in stature and matured, I saw them in Preston over 15 months ago when they first got together and they have come on in leaps and bounds as I knew they would, nothing ramshackle about this band. Fantastic.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & International Music Reviewer

www.ramshackleblues.co.uk

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