Live review: The Escape Committee at BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 16th April

Posted on: Monday, Apr 20, 2015


Review for ‘THE ESCAPE COMMITTEE’ @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, The Minstrel, Chorley – 16.4.15

To cheer up a Thursday night, we had a welcome return to BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues Club’ at The Minstrel in Chorley, the premier Warrington based band, ‘The Escape Committee’.

As a trio tonight – with Pete ‘Sarge’ Frampton fronting the band on excellent guitar and vocals, with the solid rhythm section of John Gibson on bass and Paul Burgess (10cc) on drums – they gave us a varied selection of 60’s & 70’s classic songs with a definite penchant for Eric Clapton.

Kicking off the evening with a BB King number and a bit of slide guitar, the quality of the band was laid down. Continuing with some classic takes of Dylan’s ‘I Shall Be Released’, Clapton style ‘I Shot The Sheriff’ and a superb version of Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’, they rounded off the first set with a great version of the standard ‘Rock Me Baby’.

The second set brought a plethora of standards with ‘Keys To The Highway’, ‘Nobody Knows You When You Are Down And Out’, ‘Georgia’, ‘Before You Accuse Me’ and ‘Crossroads’. They performed an epic version of ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ with superb guitar work from Pete, which was just brilliant.

Changing the pace with some rocky Americana and slide guitar and a dash of rock ‘n roll, which led nicely into a great version of ‘Cocaine’ and ‘Badge’. To wind up the evening, Blind Faith’s ‘Can’t Find My Way Home’ and the finale of Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ In The Free World’ ending, what was, a great gig.

The excellent musicianship was evident and we will look forward to the return of the Escape Committee next year at BJ’s.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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