Live review: Slack Alice – The Grand, Clitheroe: 19th September

Posted on: Sunday, Oct 4, 2015

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Live Review for SLACK ALICE @ The Grand, Clitheroe – Saturday 19th September 2015

A great evening of entertainment was on offer at the fantastic purpose built venue, The Grand in Clitheroe, Lancashire, with the amazing Slack Alice.

Supporting this evening were Solid Rock, a local six piece band, performing well grounded pop rock, Americana and Southern rock.

Slack Alice, from Lancashire, always give one hundred per cent and tonight was no exception. Fronting the band on amazing vocals was the legendary Cliff Stocker, with two class guitarists, Chris Preston and Colin Redmond and exceptional bass player Alan Sagar and drummer Liam Barber. They were also joined on stage by the incredible twelve year old saxophonist Maddy G.

Cliff gave his all with his superb gravel voice, kicking off with ‘Honky Tonk’, with him on cowbell. Some great guitar input from Chris and Colin. With the addition of a bit of good old up tempo rock ‘n roll, the crowd were getting in the groove.

A fantastic rendition of ‘Take A Little Piece of My Heart’ then onto ‘Don’t Come A Knockin’ When The Van Is A Rockin’, with the addition on Maddy G on sax and Cliff on harp, just excellent. More rock ‘n roll on the table with ‘Let It Rock’, a fantastic sound and great sax from Maddy. Both exceptional lead guitarists working well and the backline bass and drums keeping the pounding beat.

From the current album ‘Never, Ever, Ever Give Up’ soon to be released on vinyl, a great take of ‘Profits’ , a deep rock track with Cliff on harp and super sax from Maddy. At this point half the band left the stage, leaving bass player Alan and drummer Liam to perform another track from the album. ‘Conversations’ showcasing the expert solo bass playing with funky rhythms and slap bass.

A touch of country stomp on ‘Preacher’ with banjo and resonator slide and continuing the theme, tracks from older albums with ‘Get Your Shoes On’ and ‘Pick Up The Hearts’ giving some great country rock.

Some brilliant interplay on with lead guitars and bass on ‘Liar’ with an excellent guitar solo from Chris. Then bringing the tempo down with a slow blues ‘The Bottle Song’.

Coming towards the end of the set there had to be some heavy rock and ‘Let The Rock Roll’ did just that. The final number of the evening ‘Monday Morning Blues’ was just epic, with superb slide guitar from Chris and an excellent guitar solo from Colin. With Cliff on harp and magic vocals the crowd gave a standing ovation. A great evening from a great band!

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer

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