Live review: The Marauders at BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 29th January

Posted on: Saturday, Jan 31, 2015


Review for ‘THE MARAUDERS’ @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, The Minstrel, Chorley – 29/01/15

Another great night at BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club at The Minstrel in Chorley. The Lancashire based rhythm and blues band the Marauders, were back to rock the joint. That they did, with their takes of classic harp driven rhythm and blues, swing and rock ‘n roll. Fronting the band on vocals and master of the harmonica, Chris ‘Wizz’ Gee, with Pete Konnanov on excellent guitar. The powerhouse rhythm section of Andy Schemet on bass and Jon Lowe on drums completed the line up of this long serving band.

Kicking off the evening in great style with Bo Diddley’s ‘I Can Tell’ then onto a bit of the Wolf man’s ‘Pretty Baby’, set the scene for the evening. Giving us a few self penned works including a rockabilly number ‘Chevrolet’ shows the versatility of the band.

Adding a touch of Creedence Clear Water ‘Born On The Bayou’ and a dash of Jimmy Reeds ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’ we moved on to some classic blues and some harp driven rockin’ rhythm and blues. They finished off the first set with superb slide guitar on Feelgood’s ‘Back In The Night’ and more.

The second set was as equally ‘full on’ with some up tempo rockin’ numbers. A great take of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘I Believe I’m In Love With You’ and a couple of Stevie Ray Vaughan tracks. Adding to the repertoire, a bit of country blues with ZZ Tops ‘Sharp Dressed Man’ and some class, harp driven swing. ‘Cadillac’ gave us super slide on this rockabilly track and led into some classic Dr Feelgood.

The final number of the set was ‘My Babe’, with a well earned encore of ‘Bright Lights, Big City’ (could this be Chorley?) and the classic Stevie Ray Vaughan number ‘The House Is A Rockin”. Plenty of dancing was going on and a great time was had by all, including the band!

The Marauders are a classic rhythm and blues band at its best and wowed the audience at the Great British R&B Festival in Colne last year, where they appeared on the British Stage.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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