Live review: Chris Bevington & Friends – Bluefunk at Poynton Legion: 15th October

Posted on: Thursday, Oct 22, 2015

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Live gig review for ‘CHRIS BEVINGTON & FRIENDS’ by Rosy Greer -Lancashire Blues Archive @ Bluefunk R&B Club, Poynton Legion, Poynton, Cheshire – 15/10/15 http://www.chrisbevingtonmusic.co.uk/

This was my first visit to the Bluefunk R&B Club in its Poynton home, and what an excellent venue!

Tonight was going to be something of a treat, with the big band sound of Chris Bevington & Friends -and we were certainly not disappointed!

Opening the evening, with a full on Stevie Ray Vaughan number, ‘The House Is A Rocking’, they gave us a flavour of what was to come. Scott Ralph fronted the band on superb vocals and guitar, Jim Kirkpatrick on amazing guitar, slide and vocals, Chris Bevington showing how a bass should be played and Andy Carr on pounding drums. Also tonight there was Aiden Goldstraw on keys, Adrian Gibson on trumpet, Mick Yorke on sax, with Sarah Miller and Kate Gibson on backing vocals and a guest Paul Westwell on harp.

Some excellent guitar work on ‘Let Me Know’ , taken from the superb current album ‘Chris Bevington & Friends’. This was followed by a Walter Trout number also on the album, ‘All I Want Is You’, a very jazzy blues with powerful trumpet and backing vocals.

A change in tempo with an interesting take of a Hendrix number ‘Bold As Love’, with Chris Bevington on bass and Andy Carr on drums tying it all together, excellent. A bit of standard blues with a dash of swing to follow, on the BB Kings classic ‘Everyday I Have The Blues’ .

Super slide guitar from Jim Kirkpatrick on a great take of the classic Robert Johnson number ‘Crossroads’, another number from the album, also Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s ‘Blue On Black’, with Jim on cracking vocals having that ‘Southern rock’ feel with a classic guitar solo.

Kate Gibson was now given centre stage on vocals with ‘Road’s My Middle Name’, a basic blues with some super honky tonk piano and a New Orleans flavour, with the added bonus of guest Paul Westwell on blues harp. Finishing off the first set ‘You Better Start Cooking’, a good honest 12 bar R&B number, with well put together solos from the brass section. The track will be on the band’s new album which will hopefully be released at the end of 2015 or early 2016.

Opening the second set some more tracks from the exceptional current album. A tight brilliantly performed number with both lead guitars doing their thing on ‘The Dark Side Of Love’. Funking it up with ‘I Don’t Need No Doctor’ and a superb trumpet solo from Adrian Gibson. Jim on vocals for the excellent ‘Heart Of Blues’ leaning towards Americana.

Sarah Miller was key to the Dusty Springfield number ,’Where Is A Woman To Go’, a great country blues and so well performed. Next giving Aiden Goldstraw a solo spot on keys with a Hammond sound, on ‘Got To Be The Boogie Man’. Both the girls did an amazing job on the Prince’s classic ‘Purple Rain’, epic!

Some more from the album with ‘Somehow, Somewhere, Someway’, a classic Chicago style blues with fabulous vocals. A Buddy Guy number ‘She’s Out There Somewhere’, an up tempo 12 bar with excellent sax from Mick Yorke. With the final number ‘Party’, a full on rock ‘n roll track.

A well deserved encore gave us the funky ‘Standing On Shakey Ground’ and the classic Stevie Ray Vaughan number ‘Pride And Joy’ giving all the band members a chance for a ‘show off’

A brilliant evening with a splendid band, so well done to Chris Bevington for getting it all together and I will look forward to the forthcoming new album.

Thanks go to the host Garry White for ‘Keeping Live Music Alive’, promoting and providing a platform for good quality blues based bands at the Bluefunk R&B Club, a top class, well supported blues club. Long may it continue!

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive

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