***** Rating Review and photos by Chaz Brooks 951 years after William The Conqueror marched into Guildford and built a castle the Indie-Americana band of the same name took the town by storm playing a brand of country rock blues with a … Continue reading Live review — William The Conqueror – the band’s first sell-out gig
This was a Loose Music double act to savour …. Most of the band drifted onto the stage to tinker with their instruments during the break. Danny spotted several friendly faces in the crowd and glad-handed the front row on … Continue reading LIVE: DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD: SCALA, LONDON 20/9/17
Packed with talent, the Guy Barker Big Band opened up with a powerful, swinging instrumental version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” with the only thing missing being Ray Charles. Fame began with an energetic “Yeh Yeh” which he revealed … Continue reading LIVE: GEORGIE FAME & THE GUY BARKER BIG BAND: RONNIE SCOTT’S, LONDON 5/10/17
**** Rating Live photos and review by Chaz Brooks Singer-songwriter Martin Longstaff from Sunderland of The Lake Poets laid his soul bare with a compelling, emotional and at times disturbing opening set. With quiet determination Longstaff gave an intensely personal performance of his wistful … Continue reading The Secret Sisters – Live at London’s Union Chapel – passion, vitriol and completing a Dylan song
***** Rating Photos and review by Chaz Brooks “It’s good to be back in London” says Andrew Combs at the Dalston Victoria. He means it as it’s only six months since his last UK tour. Alone on stage with his acoustic guitar Combs … Continue reading Review: Andrew Combs – Solo – Live in London
Review and photos by Chaz Brooks A packed Borderline club saw the stratospheric rise of The Wandering Heartscontinue with the group’s first headline gig at a major London venue. This sold out weeks ago and the band’s reputation is growing fast. Support came from Eleanor Nelly who, like The Wandering Hearts, is signed to Decca Records. If you didn’t know she was 17 you wouldn’t have guessed it. Her performance in a half-hour solo support set was outstanding, with maturity far beyond her years but not her experience, as she’s been gigging since she was 13. Playing a set of original material Nelly received an increasingly warm reception. To … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts – Live at the Borderline – Review
Guildford Jazz Festival. Many top names of the British jazz and blues scene descended on Guildford for three days last weekend for the town’s inaugural jazz and blues festival. A stellar line-up included Courtney Pine, Martin Shaw, Matt Bianco and … Continue reading Guildford Jazz Festival review. Surrey Advertiser.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Live at the Borderline, London Images and words by Chaz Brooks There was an expectant buzz around the Borderline before Lukas Nelson came on stage in a simply lit basement venue. Guitars everywhere on the stage, at least six. Touring as headline for the first time in Europe, Nelson gave a mind-blowing performance accompanied by his band of slide/pedal guitar, bass and drums. Starting with Die Alone the band immediately hit top gear not cruise control. Loud, rockin’ and funky with shades of Little Feat and the Allman Brothers. Four Letter Word is a brilliant boogie country drawl, with Nelson’s rasping voice … Continue reading The prince of country rocks London
Words and images by Chaz Brooks This was a LooseMusic double act to savour. WilliamTheConqueror opened with a pulsating support set. RuarriJoseph, HarryHarding and NaomiHolmes produced a stonking sound, playing several tracks from their great new album “Proud Disturber of the Peace”. As appetisers go William the Conqueror served up a … Continue reading Danny and the Champions of the World conquer London with high energy Scala show.
Chaz Brooks looks at the forthcoming Guildford Jazz Festival for “What’s On” and spotlights Matt Bianco, one of the festival’s leading acts. This is a three-day celebration showcasing some of the finest home grown and international jazz and blues talent, … Continue reading Guildford Jazz Festival. 20-22 October 2017. Surrey Advertiser.