|Golden Fleece Blues Rock Night|
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Blues Rock Night
Colin told me a couple of his mates were playing some blues at the Fleece, so we decided to pop along. We were accompanied by Maurice and party animal Nick. I normally don’t like going to the Fleece, not because it’s a bad pub, or the music's bad, but because the beers quite bad. Much to my surprise there were 3 handpumps on show at the bar, I’m sure they weren’t there when we saw the “Fancy Dress P arty” (that’s the name off a band, not one of Boundys mucky fantasies) a couple of weeks before. The bad news was that one was a cider which I ordered by mistake (it was ok but I don’t normally drink it) , one of the others was Adnams Broadside, which was off, but the last one came from the excellent Brentwood Brewery. The first time I have seen this for sale outside of a beer festival.
The night comprised of 5 acts, the first 2 were accoustic, Rough Cut Stone, a girl and a guitarist, good stuff. The second was Jamie Williams http://www.myspace.com/jamiewilliamssolo . Good stuff also, he played mainly his own stuff but Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” and also “Natural Born Woman,” which I think is a cover of Humble Pie. I’m probably wrong and if it’s one of his own I apologise. He also had a mate come on playing harmonica. A good set, I really enjoyed it.
The bands then came on after this starting with Society, they came from Reading and played what seemed like 70’s rock like the Eagles. They were ok and played their own compositions. A bit laid back for me, more what I would listen to at home. The next band were more my cup of tea, Essex R&B group Dirty Work, these were Colins friends and were the perfect way a group should be made up for live music, Drummer, Bass, Guitar and a singer who plays the Harmonica, they played rhthym and blues which included a couple of Feelgood numbers including “Take a Tip” an unusual one as it’s a b side.
After this came P-A-U-L a rock band from Detroit. Didnt know what to expect but they were the best band of the night. http://www.myspace.com/paullamb They were a 3 piece, a superb girl drummer with long dreadlocks, bass guitarist with loads of curly hair and sunglasses perched on top of his head and guitarist Paul Lamb resplendant in a cowboy hat. They play really fast rock music with a bit of rhythm. Possibly due to Tamla being made there. They had a CD on sale and I didn’t have enough money to get one, but I think I will buy one of the net. Every song was blistering, they remind me of a group that I reviewed the CD of “Brain Bucket” but P-A-U-L were more frenetic. They played one slower one “Gunshot lullaby,” It’s a shame that Spen, Jim & Boundy were not here as I am sure the track would have reminded them off their homes at Meadgate. They finnished the set with the immortal words “Awesome night, Awesome town.” He can’t have been to Chelmsford before, but apparently they have as they played the Bassment last year. To my surprise they played a second set, great stuff but it was a Thursday night and I didn’t get home till about 2 o’clock. Much to my amazement unless I was mistaken they played “Take a tip” which Dirty Work played earlier. It’s not surprising that they would play this song, as it is good, but that they knew it, as it was written by Lee Brilleaux and Gypie Mayo. They probably didn’t play it, just my fertile imagination (too much beer). They definatley did “Superstition” though, a good version.
A good night out for midwweek.
Duncan Oct 2009