Live review: Sly Fox at BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley – 12th February

Posted on: Saturday, Feb 14, 2015

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Review for ‘SLY FOX’ @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, The Minstrel, Chorley – 12/02/15 http://www.sly-fox.org/

Another great rockin’ evening at BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club at the Minstrel, Chorley, with Oldham based band ‘Sly Fox’. A welcome return for this band who play a diverse mix of covers.

Fronting the band on superb lead vocals and guitar was David Bridge, with Michael Walsh on excellent lead guitar and vocals. On bass – and what a bass player he is – was Tony ‘Fox’ Cooper (also trading as the bands mascot in fox head and tail!) Finally the skin man on electric drums, Ian Fletcher.

The first set gave us a mix of music from Etta James to the Everly Brothers and from the Eagles ‘In The Fast Lane’ to the Beatles, ‘Come Together’. They also did a great take in a Django Reinhardt style of gypsy swing. With a dash of Jimmy Witherspoon they then finished the first set with a couple of classic Status Quo numbers.

The second set was equally mixed including a classic take of The Doors ‘Roadhouse Blues’. With a touch of Rory Gallager and Phil Collins and a great Status Quo cover of ‘In My Chair’ and a Pink Floyd classic, ‘Comfortably Numb’, the evening was brought to a close with Tom Petty’s ‘Running Down The Dream’ with a well deserved encore of Gary Moore’s ‘Tell Me Woman’.

Certainly ‘Sly Fox’ are a band to keep your feet tapping and with the variety and diversity of music they play there is no time to get bored. An excellent evening and an excellent band!

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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