The Secret Sisters – Live at London’s Union Chapel – passion, vitriol and completing a Dylan song

**** 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

The Wandering Hearts – Live at the Borderline – Review

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

The prince of country rocks London

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

Danny and the Champions of the World conquer London with high energy Scala show.

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.