Live review: The Maz Mitrenko Band at BJs Rock In The Blues, The Minstrel, Chorley: 18th June

Posted on: Saturday, Jun 20, 2015

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The Maz Mitrenko band returned to Chorley and entertained a packed crowd, who relished the bands mix of classic blues and rock along with original material, from these three exceptional musicians who had travelled from the heart of the West Midlands.

This band always gives a fantastic show and from the very start took command of the proceedings. The first set kicked off with Freddie King’s classic “Going Down” followed by “Deja Blues” – their first of six original numbers. “Tattooed Lady” from Rory Gallagher, and the second original called “Drifter”, with “Before You Accuse Me” from Bo Diddley, and a brilliant rendition of Steve Earle’s “Copperhead Road” – and an echo from the seventies with “ Bridge Of Sighs” from Robin Trower. Just a fantastic first set, the crowd where on their feet, the applause was deafening, tremendous.

The atmosphere was tangible as the crowd settled for the second set. “All Along the Watchtower” by Hendrix started the second set with wonderful guitar work from Maz – I expected nothing less, and a good strong combination from the ‘engine room’, Pete Vickers on bass and Phil Brittle on drums – a very busy pairing indeed throughout the bands performance.

Rory Gallagher’s “Calling Card”  was again a marvellous rendition, followed by “Mississippi Delta” – another original song, with “So Long Chicago”, an original from the band that is on their next CD. The heat was turned up as the band played the Muddy Waters hit “Hoochie Coochie Man” with “Misty Mountain Blue” (co-written with Doug Jones), and the last of the bands original works. “Walk on Hot Coals” from Rory Gallagher, finishing with “Hey Joe” and “Purple Haze”. A crescendo of sound from the very able Maz Mitrenko band, and just fabulous from start to finish.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

Independent national & international music reviewer

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