Live review: Gerry Quigley & The Shinkickers – True Blues Club, Newton-le-Willows: 4th September

Posted on: Friday, Sep 11, 2015


Review for Gerry Quigley & The Shinkickers @ True Blues Club, Newton-le-Willows – 4/9/15

Taking a trip to the excellent juke joint of the True Blues Club in Newton-le-Willows, I had an open mind of what was on the table this evening.

Kicking off the evening were a local duo, Tony and Graham, ‘The Flatliners’. Playing an excellent acoustic blues set with guitar and harmonica, they kept the small crowd entertained prior to main act.

Gerry Quigley & The Shinkickers are based in County Cork in Ireland, but the band members are from far reaches of the globe. Gerry Quigley has recently returned to Ireland after 30 year spent in Australia and performed ably on guitars, mandolins and slide. With Ciaran O’Reilly on vocals, Sharon Quigley on keys, Konor O’Brien on drums and Pascale Lutz on bass they provided an evening of rockin’ blues.

Playing a mix of covers from Rory Gallagher, Gary Moore, BB King, Howlin’ Wolf et al, plus some original material they performed a single set with plenty of wailing guitar, mandolin and slide plus showcasing excellent bass playing solos.

With a mix of gritty blues with the likes of ‘Little Red Rooster’ to the classic ‘The Thrill Has Gone’ and Gary Moore’s ‘Don’t Believe A Word’ to Rory Gallagher’s ‘Bullfrog Blues’, they gave the audience a treat of the blues rock experience. Gerry certainly is the expert of the stings, changing guitars frequently to also include a variety of electric mandolins.

The vocals were well presented by Ciaran, with the calmly confident Sharon on keys. The French bass player, Pascale performed a couple of excellent bass solo’s supported ably by the drum master Konor.

They were not the usual style of band we would see at True Blues Club, but a change is as good as a rest and was enjoyed by many.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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