The Blues Band were back in town on Friday night and what a welcome they received with a fabulous turnout at The Riverfront Theatre.
Paul Jones, Tom McGuinness, Dave Kelly, Gary Fletcher and Rob Townsend play a variety of blues styles in such a way that they deliver with ebb and flow whilst pulling their audience in with them for the journey.
Such was the case with a concert that began taking inspiration from their latest CD/DVD release pf their televised concert Live At The Rockpalast 1980 with Come On In and Talk To Me.
The focus then shifted onto individual members solo recordings performing very much as a team effort with every individual band member bringing their own unique musical talent to the party. Tom McGuinness’s rendition of The Wrong Woman, Gary Fletcher’s bittersweet take on political spin with I Am the Doctor, Dave Kelly recalling playing with Howlin’ Wolf on Dustman Blues and Paul Jones encouraging audience participation on Suddenly I Like It.
Following a brief interval in which the Blues Band met fans and signed copies of their albums, it was back to business with an upbeat second half.
Tom lead the band with the blues wailing Sitting on top of the World while Paul delivered a sublime version of Sonny Boy Williamson (his personal harmonica tribute to the Blues legend) and Gary lead on Ukulele with Say You Will.
The audience by now were not averse to joining in with some numbers and followed Dave’s lead on Can’t get my ass in gear and also Paul on Let the good times roll.
With music coming to an end after two and a half incredible hours it has to be said The Blues Band certainly delivered the goods and Newport lapped it all up! A good show all round!
- In Concert: The Blues Band, Newport Riverfront, 2007
- In Concert: The Blues Band, Newport Riverfront, 2011
- The Blues Band Official Website
- A version of this review by Andy Howells appeared on The South Wales Argus website on February 23, 2015