Live review: The Stumble at Stumble Sunday, The Tonic Live Louunge, The Bears Paw, Preston: 26th April

Posted on: Thursday, Apr 30, 2015


Review for THE STUMBLE @ Stumble Sunday, The Tonic Live Lounge, The Bears Paw, Preston – 26/04/15

The Stumble are a powerful six piece Chicago style rhythm and blues band, based in Preston and the North West. They are Paul Melville on amazing charismatic vocals, Colin Black on excellent and technically brilliant guitar, slide and harmonica, Ant Scapens on superb guitar, Simon Anthony Dixon on the most sexy sax I’ve heard, Cameron Sweetman on rhythmic bass and Boyd Tonner on power drums and vocals.

Stumble Sunday is to become a regular event, giving the folk of Preston a chance to have an ‘up close’ and entertaining afternoon with their best kept secret, ‘The Stumble’ in this intimate venue in the heart of Preston.

They opened the afternoon with classic Stumble standards, this lead on to some excellent new material which will appear on their forthcoming album. The quality of the musicianship of the band is evident, with some incredible guitar work from Colin Black and superb sax playing from Simon Anthony Dixon. Paul Melville is an amazing front man, not only providing powerful vocals but also keeping the audience engaged.

Drummer Boyd Tonner, I discovered, writes material for the band, as well as providing the superb rhythm section duo with Cameron Sweetman on bass. Relative newcomer Ant Scapens also showed his worth on guitar. Throughout the afternoon guests were invited to take to the stage providing harmonica, bass and slide guitar input.

The pièce de résistance for me, was BB King’s ‘I’ve Got A Mind To Give Up The Living’, brilliantly performed with an astounding guitar solo and sax playing to die for. The whole afternoon was a resounding success, giving the band a great platform to play their wonderful music. They will hold a regular ‘Stumble Sunday’ event every three months or so, in Preston, so bringing the power of ‘The Stumble’ back to their roots!

The excellent venue, The Tonic Live Lounge at the Bears Paw in Preston, will also play host to the second Preston Blues Festival, that takes place on Saturday 30th May 2015.

ROSY GREER – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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