Review: Fogpocket – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 8th January

Posted on: Sunday, Jan 11, 2015


Review for ‘FOGPOCKET’ @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, The Minstrel, Chorley – 8.1.15

New to BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, at The Minstrel, Chorley, the newly formed five piece local band Fogpocket – a blues rock band of high calibre.

All are class, veteran musicians. Fronting the band on exceptional vocals was John Scarlett, with Paul Rivans on class guitar, John Winder on keys, with a full Hammond sound, Mark O’Connor on pounding bass and Roy Dennett, keeping that rhythm going on drums.

It was a brilliant opener with an interesting intro on John Lee Hooker’s ‘Burning Hell’, with superb vocals and musicianship that set the scene for the evening. Following with some 60’s classics from Spencer Davies and Cream, they moved onto a number from British Blues Award winners King King, with a fully endorsed cover of ‘What Am I Supposed To Do’. Paul provided a great guitar solo with John giving a superb vocal performance.

A mix of music to follow with Joss Stones ‘Karma’, the Eagles ‘Somebody’ and Jack Bruce’s ‘Neighbour Neighbour’ with the bass man Mark working hard. Then ‘I Put A Spell On You’ and a great take of Robert Cray’s ‘Playing In The Dirt’ and to finish off the great first set, ‘Seesaw’ , with a bit of audience participation!

The second set was as equally varied, kicking off with ‘Homework’, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Crossfire’ then into a funky version of Deep Purple’s ‘Never Before’. Some more class Robert Cray, Bobby Bland and Buddy Guy numbers and another King King number ‘One More Time Around’, all with a bit more of a soul feel.

The final number was a brilliant version of Neil Young’s ‘Rocking In The Free World’, with a well deserved encore of Joe Cocker’s ‘A Little Help From My Friends’.

Bearing in mind this was only their second gig, they certainly gave us a full on sound with an interesting and varied covers set list. They also hope to have their own material in the set soon. Let’s hope we see Fogpocket out and about on the circuit, as this band can offer something a little bit different from the norm. Excellent!

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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