Live review: Cold Flame at BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 26th March

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 28, 2015

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Review for ‘COLD FLAME’ @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club @ The Minstrel, Chorley – 26.03.15 http://www.cold-flame.co.uk/

COLD FLAME have been on fire for 30 years and hail from Derbyshire. As a five piece tonight, they play their own style of blues and folk rock with a collection of self penned works and some covers.

Playing at the premier venue of BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club at the Minstrel in Chorley, the band line up was – Rob Barns on guitar and vocals, Pat Rowbottom on bass and vocals, Joe Orban on keys, Phil Marke on drums with Mark Parkinson from Chorley, guesting on flute.

Kicking off with a medley of Jethro Tull songs – giving the flute a high profile – the scene was set for a great evening. Giving Mark a rest, they also gave us some original songs, including an up tempo rockin’ number ‘End Of The Line’, with great keys and guitar input and a classic blues rock ‘Blues For The Cats’. We had a ‘rockin’ end to the first set .

The second set began with some more folk rock with Tull influence, then on to one of my favourites, the great rhythms of the Ian Anderson’s number ‘New Day Yesterday’ with a great bass line from Pat. Rob made great use of a multi track pedal to give a full on sound on the Cold Flame take of Hendrix’s ‘All Along The Watch Tower’. They also introduced a new self penned number to the set, ‘Thoughts From The Heart’, a great rockin’ track.

To finish off the evening a class cover of the Deep Purple classic ‘Hush’, a touch of classical piano with some more original material, a dash of Tull and final song of the evening, the classic Peter Green number ‘Oh Well’. Superb!

These guys are class musicians, whether playing their own material or covers and we will look forward to their return to BJ’s next year.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive http://www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive

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