BLUES MATTERS REVIEW: CARLISLE ROCK AND BLUES FESTIVAL

Blues Matters Review Carlisle Blues Festival October 2021

The amazing Climax Blues Band always gives a full-on professional set and tonight’s was something incredibly special indeed from this six-piece band.

They always give a full-on professional set and tonight’s was something incredibly special indeed from this six-piece band. The mercurial lead singer and frontman Graham Dee is just such a focus, and his vocal range is formidable, especially on songs like Kick in the Head, Spoonful and Hard Luck, not to mention the band’s anthemic evergreen rhythm laden version of Couldn’t Get It Right. They burst onto the stage and got the party started with, Straight Down The Middle. The rhythm section of Roy Adams on drums and bass player Geoff Ockenden are the souls of the band. Add to this George Glover’s keyboard skills, saxophonist Chris Aldridge and guitarist Dan Machin, they gave a statement of intent to a listening audience who gave them a great ovation. The final tune, Wrong Time Wrong Place was an exhibition of full force energy and class musicianship blending energy into this anthemic and memorable tune. A testament to their longevity and keeping their music fresh for a new generation of blues lovers, what more could you ask for, amazing musicians and a superb set.

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