Friday Oct 6th Uncle Buck Featuring Katie Bradley 9pm.
Review from Blues in Britain of our Bullfrog Blues Dockyard Club gig 6 April 2017Despite all their vast experience and undoubted pedigree, the band, Nick Hyde, guitar & vocals, Russ Brown, bass guitar & vocals, Simon Callow, keyboards & vocals, Peter Miles, drums & percussion, and John Lancaster, keyboards & vocals, were completely new to me. At one end of the musical spectrum there are new young bands to excite, and predict great futures, whilst at the other comes the glorious opportunity to savour the finely honed talents of veterans still bewitched by and in love with their craft.Tonight of course it was the latter, with a mouth-wateringly mellifluous melange, in Nicks own words taking you on a trip around the American soundscape from Detroit to New Orleans taking in Chicago and Memphis
“Digging on JB” was a stonking slab of funky Soul in tribute to James Brown before Nicks stinging and biting guitar work as he “Rocked our pants of”” with “Last Two Dollars”, sadly inspired by a casino in Blackpool and not Las Vegas! Sadly no CDs on sale at the break either and another tasty instrumental got us restarted before another Keb Mo inspired “Rita””.I Dont Want Your Love” featured a superb orchestral sounding backdrop from those twin keyboards before some equally great solo work on the anthemic “I Come In Peace” a la Joe Cocker. More light and shade and rich variety from Sam and Dave before a terrific “Pouring Water On A Drowning Man” for me best associated with Malford Milligan. Well-orchestrated and presented throughout, a fine a capella vocal intro to “Paying The Cost” preceded a special treat with Harp maestro Dave Raphael guesting with the band on the closing Poison In The Well” Stevie Winwoods” Roll With It” provided a fine and well merited encore with a tribute to BB King.
A Soulful marinade of Blues, Jazz and Funk tinged material drawn from some of the forgotten greats and with a deceptive amount of love and care as to the choice of songs. No mere exercise in nostalgia though as the band infuse the material with their own vibrancy and passion bringing the music alive as it should be heard. The sum being even greater than the considerable parts. The only disappointment on the night was not being able to take home a souvenir in the shape of a CD to celebrate a fine nights entertainment.
Some very hot reviews indeed.
Uncle Buck…..a.great great band. Mike Vernon, Producer (Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, Rod Stewart, Muddy Waters, JohnnyÂ Guitar Watson, Dr.Feelgood, Freddie King)
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Buy tickets to see Uncle Buck featuring Katie Bradley Friday October 6th.
Tickets direct from the Club from Sept.
Hill Park Memorial Working Mens Club 78 Highlands Road Fareham.
please note the club is a cash only venue.