Live review: The Bonnie Mac Band at BJs Rock In The Blues, The Minstrel, Chorley: 11th June

Posted on: Wednesday, Jun 17, 2015

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The Bonnie Mac Band returned to The Minstrel to give a fantastic show of blues/rock. They travelled from Leeds and Huddersfield to entertain a packed crowd in Chorley. This four-piece band have over the last two years or so entertained in venues both sides of The Pennines, in pubs and blues festivals, and will be at the Great British R & B Festival, Colne, which takes place from 28th-31st August.

The band line-up is spearheaded by Sheila McFarlane on vocals, with her ever increasing vocal range, which certainly suits the bands move to more of a rock/blues genre. The maestro on lead guitar/rhythm guitar is Geoff Waddington – he nails the riffs superbly, a musician of the highest calibre, whether its blues or rock. The ‘boiler house’, the rhythm section of Craig Jackson on a thumping bass and John Sharpe on drums, were brilliant and consistent, no let up here.

The band’s first set hit us with “Little by Little”, “Breeze”, “Blues is My Business”, “Trouble No More”, that set the bar high. The second set included covers by Gary Moore, Free, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Doobie Brothers, Z Z Top and more – just brilliant – finishing off with “Sweet Home Chicago” and “Road Runner”.

This band is growing from strength to strength and in the not too distant future we should be seeing a new CD with original tracks penned by the band.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

Independent national and international music reviewer

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