Bottleneck Blues Club

Thank you to all who came to see The Spikedrivers last week. Here is a review:

"One of the most professional bands in the Country played at the Bottleneck Blues club on the 30th May. Ben Tyzack on guitars, Constance Redgrave on bass and Maurice McElroy on drums, plus a little bit of help (as Maurice is waiting for an operation) from the great Sam Kelly who helped out on percussion and drums. Now, we have all seen bands where all you can hear is the drummer banging away and making your ears ache, yet here were two drummers, in a small venue, working together a treat. With Ben Tyzack on guitars and Constance playing her bass, making wonderful music, their close harmonies work beautifully. Ben is recognised for his fine guitar playing but he is also a wonderful singer, whether it is the great slow ballads or the rockier numbers. Constance and Maurice also like to sing: Conny with her rattles and metal washboard singing 'Grampa was a Moonshiner' and Maurice singing about his 'Chicken Song' - great fun and entertainment! There were too many highlights to mention! Their fantastic version of 'Little Red Rooster' with Ben's dirty swamp guitar, the fantastic 'Layin' down Lincolns' and when they get the audience to sing along: 'Got me a Ticket' and the crowd sing 'OH YER', and then along come some of their train songs. My personal favourite is the great Jagger-Richard song which they finish with - 'No Expectations' - a soft blues ballad played with passion and skill. This band stand out because they are playing country rock style blues the way they like it, not trying to be somebody else. That is why they will pack a club out on a Tuesday night. Alan Kyle"

For this month, the debut at the club of a guitarist vocalist called Steve Morrison. He comes highly recommended by one of our most long standing regulars, who really knows his onions. I have not personally seen this artist, however, I checked out his website and, other than some great music, there is a video of superstar guitarist George Benson, no less, singing his praises. That's good enough for me! In addition we have a short support from a surprise artist, who I do know very well and is, without doubt, a class act. Due to the support we will starting slightly earlier at 8.30pm. Tickets £12.00, pay on the door. Doors open 7.30pm, band on stage 8.30pm. Good food, reasonably priced, available to eat at your table if required.

So, that's Steve Morrison (plus support) appearing on Tuesday 27th June.

Please do support.

Richard Dobney