The 2010 Maryport Blues
Festival took place over the weekend of Friday 23rd July to
Sunday 25th July. The main marquee was again at the
Netherhall Rugby Club ground near the River Ellen with Radio 2 recording
the festival for an edited broadcast by Paul Jones.
The event opened, as usual,
with an address by the Mayor of Maryport. The first act were the “Battle
of the Bands” winners Feed Me.
This young Cumbrian band, consisting of J.J.
Fletcher on vocals , Jamie Francis and Kiefer McCrickerd on guitar,
Phil Lowery on bass and Andrew Bates on drums, kicked off with Cocaine with the rock based set featuring a number
of covers and originals such as Inside My Head. [Editors note: A very
talented young group of musicians who consistently deliver - a
"non-Blues Blues Band" -feed me more!].
Gregg Wright Band
from the USA took to the stage next with Gregg playing an upside down
Fender Stratocaster guitar played left handed ably supported by Mart Fry
on bass and Brian Kettle on drums. Although this gave the visual
impression of Jimi Hendrix, Gregg actually plays completely upside down
like Albert King who Gregg once worked with. Gregg’s set consisted of a
selection of original and covers including Last One Baby, Gone With Your
Bad Self (from his current CD), I’m Gonna Cry Myself a River, I’m My Own
Boss Man, Born Under a Bad Sign, Catfish Blues and Hoochie Coochie Man.
Gregg’s set satisfied the audiences hunger for Jimi Hendrix with Greg
employing a number of JH guitar licks and tricks together with behind
the head guitar on Catfish Blues.
Hoax was on next with
this being the last date of their tour with the band members going their
separate ways again. The set was less SRV influenced than their previous
incarnation but again was heavily Texas shuffle based as demonstrated by
Baby I Want to Be Loved. A good feature of the set was the almost
unplugged Baby What You Want Me which included a slide solo by Jesse
Davey. The Beatles Come Together featured an audience walkabout guitar
solo by Jesse Davey. The finale of the set came when Jesse Davey, Jon
Amor and Robin Davey played the same guitar all at the same time with
each taking turns play lead, rhythm and bass runs at the same time.
The Friday headliner was
next, the legendary Paul Carrack
and his band featuring guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, and horns and
backing vocals. Paul apologised for not being a blues singer but that
didn’t matter as he delivered a highly polished and professional set of
the hits he has produced over the years with bands such as Ace, Squeeze,
Mike and the Mechanics and solo. Songs included in the set were No Doubt
About It, Tempted, Another Cup of Coffee, Better Than Nothing, Ain’t No
Love in the Heart of the City, The Living Years, Love Is Thicker Than
Water with the last number being How Long. Paul returned for a well
deserved encore which featured Looking Back and What’s Going On. Paul’s
voice was on fine form and he moved confidently between guitar and
keyboards during the set. He was experiencing problems with his guitar
for the first couple of numbers but this did not distract from a very