Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Eric’s, 23/09/11

New Orleans Comes To Liverpool

Let there be no illusion, my relationship with the active Liverpool music scene is one borne from its lack of ability to offer anything other than the same reconstituted, jingle-jangle-three-chord pop ditties that were its stock-in-trade of 40 years ago. There was a brief period in the late 1970’s when it embraced the new and almost buried the old. [...] 

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Sabian Artisan Clinic, with Ralph Salmins & Karl Brazil – 06/09/11

Reality comes to Liverpool

Four years have past since Liverpool saw its last drum event in the city, so there was no surprise seeing so many bodies packed up to the reclaimed bricks of Liverpool’s most famous musical dungeon. Attendees had been suitably warned in advance that this was not going to be a technique-fest, but rather a chance to see up-close, two of the few remaining busy drummers that work a decimated London ‘session’ scene. Between them, Ralph Salmins and Karl Brazil have notched up a pretty impressive pair of CV’s, graced by names such as Alanis Morisette, Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Elton John, Georgie Fame, Robbie Williams, Van Morrison, George Martin, Tori Amos, Take That, The Waterboys, Westlife, Bjork, Feeder, Leona Lewis, not forgetting Karl’s friend, James Blunt. A mixed set of bed-fellows indeed, testament to the variety of what can still be pulled from a diminishing pool of opportunities for the A-List pro drummer. [...] 

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Hokie Joint, Emperors New Clothes – or Not?

The following review appears on the excellent Blues in the North West website.

Gig Review – Garston RBL, 10 June 2011

The unfortunate cloak of cynicism that envelops us with the passing of time, can become as much an effective weapon in the detection of hype as it is a hindrance to discovery. Keeping this in mind, there have been so many good things spoken about Hokie Joint over the last twelve months, it’s hard to know what to believe. For those still clinging to the last straws of new musical hope, the only logical course of action is to drop the veil of pessimism and go see what the fuss is all about. [...] 

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