Review: T C & The Moneymakers – Live At Scarborough Blues Club

Posted on: Sunday, Feb 1, 2015

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Review for T C & THE MONEYMAKERS – CD – ‘Live At Scarborough Blues Club’ – 2012 Self Release

Although this superb album, ‘Live At Scarborough Blues Club’, was released a while ago, ‘T C & The Moneymakers’, from York, have certainly been causing a stir on the blues scene of late. Having seen them at Preston Blues Festivals in May 2014 and again at Carlisle Blues Festival in November 2014, with a slightly different line up, my opinion is still the same, – they are by far one of the best, highly skilled, harp driven classic blues bands on the circuit today. This album gives a flavour of what live music is all about.

Fronting the band, with brilliant harmonica playing and vocals is Tom Cocks, with Karl Moon on great down to earth guitar. The powerhouse rhythm section on this album were Lee Parry on bass and Andy Westbrook on drums.

The first track is a self penned number, ‘Money Maker Boogie’. It is an excellent instrumental harp driven 12 bar boogie blues and sets the scene for the calibre of the rest of the album. This is followed by some classic Chicago blues with John Brims ‘Ice Cream Man’ and another classic ‘Catfish Blues’, a great take with superb vocals.

‘Annie Lee’ is a slow blues with great harp, then it was onto a fabulous 12 bar with ‘I Cry For You’. Some great guitar sound and ‘talking’ harp on ‘I’m The One’, then well a put together Willie Dixon classic, ‘My Babe’ .

Rockin’ it up with ‘Rock With Me’ with some classic rhythm and blues. Then slowing the pace down on the penultimate number ‘Blue Minor’, a haunting track with Tom playing the harp with passion. The final track, ‘The Sun Is Shining’, was a great 12 bar rhythm and blues with terrific up tempo harp intro. A brilliant take of the Jimmy Reed number.

T C & The Moneymakers take classic blues to a new level, with tight precision playing and back to the roots of blues. A class band and well worth seeing live for the full experience. You can catch them at the Top Secret Blues Festival in Scarborough in March 2015 and the Ashburton Blues Festival, Devon in May 2015 or playing locally, in and around York. They will be putting out a new CD later this year. Just excellent!!!

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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