Big Boy Bloater – Live at Westival Festival *****

JULY 24, 2019 Westival is a great music and comedy festival held inside a community centre in Aldershot, Hampshire. The building’s interior, with three performance rooms, is turfed for the occasion with real grass to generate a festival atmosphere. Closing Westival on the Sunday night was local boy made good Big Boy Bloater. Originally an Aldershot boy he still lives within a few miles of the town. On gruff blues vocals and stinging guitar, Big Boy Bloater was admirably backed by the powerful rhythm section of Matt Cowley, drums and Steven Oates, bass. Kicking of with Devils and Angels Bloater takes it all the way down … Continue reading Big Boy Bloater – Live at Westival Festival *****

Josh Ritter – Live at Union Chapel, London *****

JULY 24, 2019 Renowned American songwriter Josh Ritter thrilled the adoring Union Chapel faithful with a flawless performance on the first of two shows at the iconic venue. A powerful Delta blues-soaked support set came from Ida Mae, with Chris Turpin getting full volume from his Resonator guitar and gritty, plaintive vocals that belie his years, and Stephanie Jean on vocals and percussion. The Nashville-based UK duo featured tracks from their debut Ethan Johns-produced album Chasing Lights, including Reaching, Love Is Still A Long Road and Feel Them Getting Closer. Touring to promote his excellent tenth studio album, Fever Breaks, Josh Ritter bounded on stage with a broad … Continue reading Josh Ritter – Live at Union Chapel, London *****