The Devil Makes Three – Live in London ****

Live Review APRIL 29, 2019 The Devil Makes Three were four as the trio of Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean were augmented by a drummer which drove the performance along like a western steam train. In a 45-minute set as support to American celtic punk outfit Dropkick Murphys, the TDM3 played to a capacity 5000 crowd at London’s Brixton O2 Academy. The group soon got the crowd onside and made plenty of new fans. Kicking off with The Bullet from the 2002 eponynous album the group delivered a stonking set of their blend of uptempto, swinging bluegrass pop and soon had audience members at the front dancing … Continue reading The Devil Makes Three – Live in London ****

Eric Bibb – Live at Ronnie Scott’s, London *****

Live Review APRIL 29, 2019 Photo by GigsLens Master blues guitarist and vocalist Eric Bibb delivered a blues masterclass at Ronnie Scott’s during a week-long residency at the famous London club. He was accompanied by Staffan Astner on electric guitar, Neville ‘Level’ Malcolm on electric bass and Nina Simone’s drummer of 21 years Paul Robinson. Bibb thrilled the joint with a variety of blues styles, all played to an exceptionally high standard. Bibb played two sets and opened each by appearing on his own. From the first track, Goin’ Down Slow, it was clear that this was going to be a special night. Power without volume, Bibb commanded the venue and held the … Continue reading Eric Bibb – Live at Ronnie Scott’s, London *****

Matt Andersen – Live in London *****

Canadian bluesman extraordinaire Matt Andersen delivered a virtuoso performance at Camden‘s Dingwalls. In the midst of a European solo tour to promote his latest album Halfway Home By Morning Andersen came on stage to an excellent reception. Not many artists can play a two-hour solo set and leave the crowd baying for more. Quite frankly, Andersen was extraordinary. The charismatic bluesman delighted the audience with masterful playing, impassioned singing and relaxed chat. Technically brilliant, delighting with sophisticated guitar solos, not an easy thing to pull off whilst keeping the rhythm going, and vocals reminiscent of Eric Bibb, Andersen proved that less can be much more. From laid-back … Continue reading Matt Andersen – Live in London *****