The opening band were
The Wildcards from
Plymouth consisting of two guitars, bass and drums serving up a wide
range of songs from Duke Ellington and Roy Brown to originals in early
rock’n’roll, rockabilly and swing formats. Songs included within the set
were “Fools Advice”, “Doing The Chocolate Shake”, “Drunk” from their
second album, “Hoodoo Preacher”, “Gal From Kokomo” a jump blues, “She
Can Rock”, “Welcome To The Snake Pit” a song about a local venue in
Plymouth from their new album. Giles King
took the stage to add harp on “A Home Is Not A Home Without Your Love”.
The set closed with the classic “St James Infirmary”.
guitar and vocals, supported by bass and drums were up next and featured
a set of mostly originals interspersed with new arrangements of blues
classics. Ian playing his vintage Harmony guitars and using his well
known Howlin' Wolf vocal inflections served up “Groundhog Blues” during
which he craftily slipped in the James Bond theme, “The Skinny” the
title track of his new album and others.
Giles King joined the band on harp for
“Devil On My Shoulder”, “Hard Pressed To Find Another Man Like Me” and
“The Revelator”. “Talk A Walk” was followed by the final number, a jam,
on “I Shall Not Be Moved/Mystery Train/Folsom Prison Blues”. The
audience pleaded for more but the MC would not allow it and was rightly
The family band of guitar,
bass and drums, Trampled Under Foot
from Kansas City, USA, took to the stage, or should I be more accurate
and state that the guitarist, Nick Schnebelen, took to the stage behind
the drums and played a solo blues “Take Sick And Die One Of These Days”.
Nick was once voted the best up and coming blues guitarist by winning
the Albert King award at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Nick was then joined by sister Danielle on bass and brother Kris on
drums and delivered a set of mainly originals from their current album
“Wrong Side Of The Blues”. Songs included the funky “I’ve Got To Go”,
“We’ve Gotta Change Our Ways”, “The Better Life”, and “Wrong Side Of The
Blues”. Covers included “I’d Rather Go Blind” with impassioned vocals
from Danielle and Howlin' Wolf’s “Killing Floor” which included the
obligatory behind the head guitar solo. This was Trampled Under Foot’s
first appearance in the UK and I’m sure that they will be welcomed back.
One item of note, it has taken until 6pm on Sunday for the first “Y’all”
to be uttered.
Dana Fuchs and her
band of Jon Diamond on guitar supported by bass and drums from New York
City hit the stage making their first appearance in the UK. Dana has a
vocal style influenced by Janis Joplin and the first number sounded like
Janis Joplin fronting the Rolling Stones. Songs featured during set were
from her first album “First Time” and “Lonely For A Life Time”, “Love To
Beg”, “Song Bird Fly Me To Sleep” inspired by the death of her siblings,
a religious section followed with “Bible Baby” which included “Ring Of
Fire” with excellent country/rockabilly riffing from Jon Diamond on his
Telecaster and “Gods Own”. The two covers in the set were “Helter
Skelter” by the Beatles and Freddie King’s “Going Down”. During the set
Dana made several references to her surname including growing up in
southern red-neck country with a name similar to word that rhymes with