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 *****

Kokomo – Live at the Half Moon Putney – Album Review

MARCH 22, 2019 UK SOUL PIONEERS KOKOMO COME ALIVE AT THEIR SPIRITUAL HOME AT THE HALF MOON IN PUTNEY Sparring partners of the Average White Band in the 70s, Kokomo were brought back together again in 2014 and are now regularly playing live. A superb ten-piece soul act, or in this case eleven, this latest album was recorded live at the Half Moonin Putney where the band regularly takes up residency. Reformed and rejuvenated, Kokomo have new blood in two of their three specialist singers, Charlotte Churchman and Helena May Harrison who join founder vocalist Frank Collins and leader and vocalist/keyboardist Tony “Mr Operator” O’Malley in whipping up a soul storm, backed by seven of the best funk musicians. This offering has established band … Continue reading Kokomo – Live at the Half Moon Putney – Album Review

The Urban Voodoo Machine. Live at The Holroyd, Guildford *****

MARCH 15, 2019 The Urban Voodoo Machine’s music is described as bourbon-soaked gypsy blues bop’n’stroll. Imagine a cross between The Pogues, a New Orleans Marching band and a rollicking blues band. Then throw in the odd Latin beat, mix with theatrical pastiche and a Halloween themed stage and you are close to describing one of the most bizarre bands you will ever see. But the Urban Voodoo Machine is not just a stunning stage show, the music is substantial, vibrant and high quality. The band is a fluid musical collective led by master showman Paul-Ronney Angel who was joined by seven of his musical family; two … Continue reading The Urban Voodoo Machine. Live at The Holroyd, Guildford *****

The Wandering Hearts Live at G Live, Guildford ****

FEBRUARY 28, 2019 Hard-working The Wandering Hearts are not content to be the high profile support act of Ward Thomas. On a mission to promote the deluxe version of their debut Wild Silence album they’re fitting in record store appearances all over the country to coincide with the Ward Thomas dates. BOON caught the award-winning Hearts at the recent Ward Thomas gig in Guildford. This is the first tour since the departure of Tim Prottey-Jones from the group. The Hearts played a fabulous half-hour set with vocalists Tara, Chess and AJ supported by guitarist Jack and double bassist Lee Campbell. The group began with Fire & Water and changed up the ending. Til The Day I Die saw AJ on lead vocals and … Continue reading The Wandering Hearts Live at G Live, Guildford ****

The Derek Nash Band. Some Kinda Wonderful, Wilfred Noyce Centre Godalming ****

MARCH 1, 2019 Derek Nash, one of the most highly regarded saxophone players in the UK and leading member of Jools Holland’s band, brought his group of top session musicians to give his “Some Kinda Wonderful” show to an enthusiastic audience. The band featured veteran vocalist Noel McCalla, former singer of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, with original Manfred’s singer and local celebrity Paul Jones in the audience. Signed, Sealed, Delivered opened the show, and it was instantly apparent this is no tribute band. This was an evening of Stevie Wonder songs performed by some of the UK’s top musicians in their own style. McCalla’s soulful voice and powerful delivery shone through … Continue reading The Derek Nash Band. Some Kinda Wonderful, Wilfred Noyce Centre Godalming ****

King King – Live in London **** Review

MARCH 4, 2019 The show at London’s Koko got off to a storming start with the whirling dynamo that is Sari Schorr giving one of her trademark dynamic performances. Backed by her four-piece band Schorr warmed up the crowd for her Manhaton Recordslabel-mates. The atmosphere was charged and the merch table had done brisk business, looking at the number of audience members freshly adorned with King King tees. King King’s walk on music was AC/CD’s “Highway to Hell”, the crowd knew it and were singing along in anticipation. When the band strutted onto the stage singer/guitarist Alan Nimmo pumped his fists and led the audience in the singalong. “Hello London, … Continue reading King King – Live in London **** Review

Ward Thomas Live — G Live, Guildford **** Review

FEBRUARY 27, 2019 Touring to promote their latest album Restless Minds, UK country-pop sensation Ward Thomas played to a packed G Live in Guildford. Hot on the heels of their chart-topping Cartwheels album, Hampshire twins Catherine and Lizzie Ward Thomas are riding the crest of the UK country pop wave. Backed by a band of four musicians the girls confidently strode to the stage to open with Lie Like Me from the new album. Back to familiar territory with the catchy Guilty Flowers and then three more from the new record. The duo gave the band a break to play Cartwheels, showing their versatility and that less can be more. As sisters who … Continue reading Ward Thomas Live — G Live, Guildford **** Review