Live review: Ian Siegal Band – The Live Rooms, Chester – 17th March

Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015

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A superb evening’s entertainment last night at Chester’s excellent Live Rooms. Ian Siegal brought his crack European band to town to start the UK leg of his huge European tour. Surprisingly Siegal’s first ever Chester gig.

There was not a roots music genre untouched in two hours of the finest entertainment – blues, soul, funk, Americana, country, latin – all were covered.

Although sparse in number, the crowd were enthusiastic and it was great to see some friendly familiar faces from rural Wales to the big city Liverpool.

Due to the fewer numbers than anticipated the event was held in the small room – it was my first visit and I liked it as much as the big room – the lighting was good and the sound excellent.  Well done Live Rooms.

The band were tight and relaxed. Clearly having fun. Everyone mentions the guitar skills of Dusty Ciggar. I’m no exception. His fabulous toned lead (on standard Tele and a baritone Danelectro (possibly)) was excellent, mixed with the super tight rhythm guitar of Siegal and the crack band.

I hope they found some good quality late night food. Come back to Chester.

KEN PEACE (Words & pictures)

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Pete Evans

March 19th, 2015 at 07:48
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It certainly was a great night Ken with Ian not only promoting his new cd but also delving into his back catalogue. His tribute to the blues men of the North Mississippi Hill Country, R L Burnside, Junior Kimbrough and recently deceased Robert Belfour with She’s Got The Devil In Her was the highlight of the night. His band were superb and tight throughout the whole show which is no surprise as they’ve been together for 12 years and in Dusty Ciggar, they have a real star.