In over thirty years The Quireboys have had multiple lineup changes but the core of Spike and Guy has been together for all the albums and has helped to develop their distinctive rock and roll sound.
Support band tonight Preachers Son formed in 2010 as a solo project for bass player/vocalist Brian Hogan (he is actually a Preachers Son!) who had for the 10 years previously played with big names in the Irish folk/trad music scene. His own style is grittier southern blues with the occasional lean towards a slower trad feel.
The band are currently touring their new album ’10 Stories Tall’ which follows their debut release ‘Love, Life And Limb’. Kicking off tonight with ‘Should Have Been Gone’ followed by ‘Somebody Down’ and ‘Angel’.
Ending the set on a real high with ‘Come On’ and ‘Jericho’ they really caught the attention of the crowd tonight.
We’ve seen Vargas Blues Band at HRH Blues last year, the current band was formed back in 1991 by guitarist Javier Vargas and has undergone many changes over the years.
Vocalist Gaz Pearson who bears a passing resemblance to a young Robert Plant has a great vocal range and this linked with the great guitar riffs from Javier works very well; powerful blues rock that seems to go down well with the crowd.
As ever the Quireboys setlist has a wide selection from their albums but with a 2/3 coming from ‘Homewreckers & Hearbreakers’ and ‘A Bit Of What You Fancy’.
The core lineup of the band is sounding and working together very well with guitar duties split between Guy Griffin and Paul Guerin, powerful and tuneful keys from Keith Weir and of course vocals, jokes and mic stand wielding from Spike.
As they hit mid-set the crowd are off and singing along to ‘What Do You Want From Me’, ‘Mona Lisa Smiled, ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’ and of course The Quireboys signature song ‘This Is Rock And Roll’.
One noticeable thing is the crowd: you would expect from a band that has been going for over 30 years a majority of people around the 40+ age group which indeed there was but also there was a large number of younger 25+ year olds which shows the strength of good music and the ability to appeal to all ages.
Spike’s raspy voice is sounding better than ever and as they end the set with ’7 O’Clock’, ‘Dirty Town’ and ‘Sex Party’ he is again ably assisted by the faithful crowd. The Quireboys will be performing a UK wide acoustic tour next year (2015).
Review and photos by Simon Dunkerley
Preachers Son: Should Have Been Gone, Somebody Down, Angel, Weeping World, Johnny’s Alright, This Time Of Life, Come On, Jericho
Quireboys: Trouble, Too Much, Misled, There She Goes Again, Roses & Rings, What Do You Want From Me, This Is Rock & Roll, Mona Lisa Smiled, Whipping Boy, I Don’t Love You Anymore, Tramps And Thieves, Hey You, Stubborn Kinda Guy, Beautiful Curse, Sweet Mary Anne, 7 OClock, Encore: Dirty Town, Sex Party
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