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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Mitch Laddie Band @ The Cluny. September 13

Mitch Laddie (guitar & vocals), Rhian Wilkinson (electric bass) & Matt Connor (drums)
(Review by Russell)
The much heralded Mitch Laddie chose the Cluny down in the Ouseburn Delta to record his new ‘live’ album. In his early twenties, Laddie, from County Durham, has quite a pedigree for one so young; two successful CD releases, signed to Provogue (the legendary Walter Trout’s back catalogue is the US label’s cash-cow), gigs across Europe, championed by Mr W.Trout. The Cluny bar was busy, though in the performance space things were somewhat quieter. Two Fender Strats on stands, a gigantic pedal board, Marshall stacks, all the indications were we were in for something special. Come gig time the place was packed to the rafters. The trio bounced onto the stage, ‘up’ for it.
Blues rock guitar playing of the highest standard, superb five-string bass playing from Rhian Wilkinson and the tightest of drumming from Matt Connor. Two hours later (no interval) the crowd bayed for more. The material, mostly Laddie originals, was drawn from This Time Around (the sold out first album) and Burning Bridges. Much of the material was up tempo rocking blues with Stevie Ray and Jimi obvious influences. Laddie possesses a soulful Inner City Blues side and the night drew to a close with some Hendrix. . Remarkably, ‘Voodoo Chile
Laddie’s itinerary juggles pub gigs with concert hall appearances. A pub gig somewhere in the north east is surely the place to hear him. You won’t be disappointed.       
Russell.

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