Live review: Marcus Bonfanti at Studio 2, Liverpool – 27th November 2014

Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014

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Marcus Bonfanti at Studio 2, Liverpool – 27th November 2014

After a fine opening to the evening’s entertainment by two impressive local bands, New Heys and Midnight Ramble, Marcus Bonfanti took to the stage, supported by an excellent rhythm section of Matthew Waer on bass guitar and Craig Connet on drums.

In a single, typically energetic set, the increasingly popular bluesman from London grabbed the substantial audience by the throat right from the start with a number of songs from Shake The Walls, his most recent album. After the sweet-tasting “Honey”, the wiles of a couple of less honourable ladies were portrayed in the shape of “Jezebel” and the hard-rocking “Devil Woman”. The bouncing rocker, “Cheap Whisky” made way for “Blind Alley”, a love song with a country feel, before the pace was ramped up again with another fast-moving number and the equally upbeat “My Baby Don’t Dance”.

Two encores fulfilled the urgent demands of the enthusiastic audience – “Give Me Your Cash” and Charlie Daniels’s “Leave This Long Haired Country Boy Alone”, complete with a tremendous guitar solo. As ever, Marcus Bonfanti charmed the gathered throng with his powerful vocals, his warm, engaging banter and, not least, a genuine expression of his love for the people and city of Liverpool.

LIONEL ROSS

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