Live review: The Early Mac Band at BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 7th May

Posted on: Sunday, May 10, 2015

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Review for THE EARLY MAC BAND @ BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club, The Minstrel, Chorley – 8.5.15

A welcome return to BJ’s ‘Rock in the Blues’ Club at the Minstrel in Chorley, of The Early Mac Band. As the name implies their roots lie in the classic music of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, much of which was performed to perfection.

From the Leeds area, they are Luke Smithson on vocals and guitar, Joel Dowson on guitar, Ol Jessop on bass with Peter Tallent on drums and vocals.

On yet another lively Thursday evening, the band began the set with a tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac. They played the most haunting version of ‘Albatross’ I have heard, which was well appreciated by the audience. With ‘If You Be My Baby’, a slow powerful 12 bar blues, the two guitarist complimented each other brilliantly. A touch of Gary Moore completed the first, well put together set.

The second set brought us some foot tapping 12 bar standard blues with Peter Green’s ‘Stop Messing Around’, then on to a classic Hendrix number ‘Little Wing’, which the guys did real justice to, with superb guitars throughout.

Performing in their own style, the band played the classic Robert Johnson number ‘Crossroads’, This led on to another Hendrix classic of ‘Hey Joe’ . Returning to the Fleetwood Mac flavour with a great take of ‘Oh Well’ and one of my favourite tracks ever, ‘Need Your Love So Bad’, followed by ‘Black Magic Woman’, superb!

The final numbers, ‘It’s All Over Now’ and a stomping version of ‘Johnny B. Goode’, got the dancers up. A great end to an enjoyable evening and The Early Mac Band will definitely be back again at BJ’s next year.

ROSY GREERĀ – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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