Review: The Bridgewater Blues Band – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: Thursday, 7th August

Posted on: Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

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Travelling from the south Manchester area The Bridgewater Blues Band came to Chorley and played their blues to an audience that just lapped it up from beginning to end. This talented four are top notch musicians that have been together since 2008 playing the North West pub and club circuit and festivals up and down the country. This band played a plethora of covers from Freddie King to ZZ Top – from the Rolling Stones to The Allman Brothers – just fantastic, end to end blues classics.

The band’s frontman on blues harp and lead vocals was Damian Mead – he sold every cover and his rendition of “Gimme Shelter” by The Rolling Stones was superb with excellent harp playing it was dynamite. Jon Ingham on lead and slide guitar was brilliant, a master of his trade, he went walk about weaving in and out of the tables for some close up play, his style although laid back it’s gripping stuff.

The rhythm section with Chris Millward on bass guitar and Andy Hart on drums, they gave a tight and driven performance, Cream’s hit,” Sunshine Of Your love” was spot-on and showed the individual musicianship of these two top musicians. The band’s second set had covers by John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, BB King, Paul Butterfield, and George Thorogood – all absolutely knockout. This band love to entertain and that job they did in spades. They love their music and gave the audience 100% – just brilliant.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

National & international music reviewer

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