Live review: The Stumble @ The Live Lounge, The Bears Paw, Preston – Sunday, 14th December

Posted on: Monday, Dec 15, 2014


Review for THE STUMBLE @ The Live Lounge, The Bears Paw, Preston – 14/12/14

As Christmas draws near, the excellent Prestonian Chicago style rhythm & blues band ‘The Stumble’, held a Christmas Party event at the Live Lounge of the Bears Paw in Preston.

As a powerful six piece band, The Stumble – are Paul Melville on amazing charismatic vocals, Colin Black on excellent and technically brilliant guitar and harmonica, Ant Scapens on superb guitar, Simon Anthony Dixon on the most sexy sax I’ve heard, Cameron Sweetman on rhythmic bass and Boyd Tonner on power drums and vocals.

They played a selection of numbers from all three of their excellent albums and some more songs from album number four, which is in the making. The set included the up tempo BB King number ‘The World Is Tough’, which has become one of The Stumble trademark tracks along with ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘All Over Again’.

The set included some slow sexy sax on ‘Evening’ and a powerful anthem ‘Freedom Like A Woman’, both fantastic new takes. These were played alongside the up tempo Americana number, ‘360 Degree Blues’ and ‘Houngan’, with great guest slide guitar from an ex Stumble member and Colin on formidable harp. There were plenty more familiar tunes, giving us the power that is ‘The Stumble’.

The band have an undoubted charisma, with class musicianship in all they play and provided a great afternoon of entertainment and varied Rhythm and Blues. They have decided to hold a regular ‘Stumble Sunday’ event every three months in Preston, so bringing the power of ‘The Stumble’ back to their roots!

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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