Live review: Ramshackle – BJs Rock In The Blues at The Minstrel, Chorley: 16th July

Posted on: Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

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On their return to Chorley, Ramshackle took to the stage and performed a fabulous show with a mix of covers and original works. Simon Noble fronts the band on lead guitar and lead vocals, with Andy Lewis on keys and vocals, a busy rhythm section are Craig Robinson on a mature sounding bass, and John A Hilton on drums. These four cracking musicians make up Ramshackle – one of the best live bands playing on today’s circuit.

The selection of covers from the likes of Bill Perry, Walter Trout, Bernard Allison, The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Johnny Lang, and Eric Clapton certainly set the scene. The second set would have to be something special, and as it turns out it was. BB King’s “The Thrill Is Gone” opened the second set, a fitting tribute to a great bluesman; “Lie To Me” by Jonny Lang, Susan Tedeschi “Little By Little”, with more covers from Bill Perry, Freddie Kings “Tore Down”, “Leaving Mood” by Toronzo Cannon, with other covers by Otis Rush, Junior Parker, Oli Brown and several original numbers starting with “Little Angel”, “Mad Man On My Mind”, “Blind Date With The Blues”, “It’s Over” and “Long Way Home” – superb works by Simon and the band which you can listen to on Soundcloud.

The crowd shouted for more and the band obliged with Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Tightrope” and “The Road Never Ends” from Mike Zito. This was a brilliant show by a band that puts the ROCK into the BLUES nothing ramshackle about the bands performance, exceptional.

KEITH BLACKLEDGE

Independent national & international music reviewer

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