Posts tagged ‘the hop pocket

The band travelled from Derbyshire to entertain the faithful and entertain is what they did in spades. The band is celebrating 30 years in the business and the man who started it all is Pat Rowbottom – an exceptional entertainer musician and a gentleman. Over the years musicians have come and gone it is the […]

This band based in the Bolton area returned to entertain the crowd and that they did. The double strike force of Rick Lucas and Mark Hopkins-  both excellent lead guitarists and vocalists and masters of the blues/swing/surf genre which has a different take from the normal blues that we are all used to. The rhythm […]

This band, Cry Baby & The Hoochie Coochie Boys,  from the Stoke -on-Trent area came to Chorley to entertain the crowd and that they did. The band has had to come to terms with losing their front man Graham Sells, who for business reasons is in Brazil for the foreseeable future, and I think the band […]

Travelling from the Midlands and making their debut here at BJ’s Slowburner entertained a packed house and played some vintage blues, sprinkled with original material penned by Paul Bridgwater – the founder, frontman and lead vocalist. The band formed in 1987 but has had changes to the personnel over time, now with this present line- […]

To start the month of April off with a bang the band Hard To Handle  travelled from the Manchester area, debuting here in Chorley at BJ’s, entertaining an enthusiastic crowd with their brand of Southern blues/rock covers. Max Cottam some eight years ago founded the band and has along the way played with numerous musicians, […]

The return of this new band was eagerly awaited as it was only in October last year they played their debut and brought the house down. This is the brain child of guitarist Paul Gilchrist who was the founder of the Manchester band Bare Wires, but on leaving Manchester to seek retirement in Cumbria, has […]

The Paddy Maguire band on their debut travelled from Yorkshire to entertain and did that to a packed crowd. It didn’t take long for the band and audience to find their groove – with Paddy front and centre on lead guitar and lead vocals along with a good solid rhythm section to back him up, […]

This band of five excellent musicians from the Liverpool area is now well established here in the North West. They were formed in 2007 and play to audiences far and wide in clubs, pubs and festivals, such is their growing popularity and style of play. The band brings to the table a unique blend of […]

March gigs at BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley, PR7 3JQ: 6TH                  FORTY4 13 TH              AFTER HOURS BLUES BAND 20 TH             PADDY MAGUIRE BAND 27TH               BLUESTOWN Every Thursday – free admission.

The Badgers are a blues rock trio who travelled from the Stockport area to entertain the faithful crowd here in Chorley. Phil Cawsey on lead vocal and bass guitar with Geoff Rees on lead guitar and backing vocals, and on the drums was Lester Cooper. The band gave us a mix of blues / rock […]

At this spiritual home of the blues here in Chorley, Crossfire, from the North West of England, now a quality blues/rock trio have reformed and I have to say they are making a great success of it, because it’s always a challenge to set out your stall when you have parted company with other excellent […]

Gigs: February at The Hop Pocket, Chorley

Posted on: Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014

February gigs at BJs Rock In The Blues at The Hop Pocket, Chorley: 6TH FEB               CROSSFIRE 13 FEB                THE BADGERS 20TH FEB             SLY FOX 27TH FEB             ALAN KENSLEY BAND 9.30 pm start

The Wayne Carrick Band are a talented foursome indeed, hailing from the North West of England, and are renowned for putting on a terrific show and that they did to a packed crowd who had their dancing shoes on. These excellent musicians put on a show which lasted more than two hours over two sets. […]

This five-piece band from the Stockport area returned to rock the house with a plethora of classic blues and rock and roll covers that entertained the crowd, and kick started the 2014 music year. Front man ‘Big Steve Mullen’ swung into action and gave a good account, his vocals, guitar and blues harp playing hit […]