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Leicester The Musician Robert J Hunter & guests 21/09/18.

Leicester The Musician Robert J Hunter & guests 21/09/18.

Hidden away in a little back street in the heart of Leicester is The Musician, one of the premier music venues which has been presenting home grown and international talent for nearly twenty years, a 200 plus capacity with full disabled access and a great selection of real ales and a nice relaxed friendly atmosphere.
Tonight was to be a blues rock night with three bands put on by the lovely Carol of Casbah Music Management and Promotions who is forever providing music all over Leicester week in and week out, first of the night were local boys Chambers, the Findley brothers Laurence lead vocals and guitar, Edward backing vocals and bass, and Alex Pearson percussion and backing vocals. They play a mix of originals and covers all done with a gritty raw feel to it and by the time they were in to their second song they reminded me of one of my favourite bands the MC5 with their out of whack chords and punk style sound and then back to blues rock. I liked everything they did: they played songs from their album Dirty Bootleg Heart and a great cover of Golden Earring’s Radar Love: it was good to meet you boys and look forward to seeing you again.
Second band The Jupiter Blues, four lads from Liverpool who play an electrifying mix of blues, soul, and good old rock n roll. Dale Orenda lead vocals and non-stop gyrating and craziness, Chris Mitchell Guitar, Rick Davies Bass Keyboards and vocals, and Ross Brown drums and Percussion. Right from the start this band pull you into their world of sound with the incredible stage presence of Dale with his at times Jaggeresque movements and splits, even coming out into the crowd and dancing with them, he moves like he’s made out of rubber never standing still; (“oh I tell a lie”) he sat on the stage in a meditative pose once, and he also at one time had a lie down and let the others showcase their talents (a seriously needed rest I suspect). Apart from his manic antics on stage he has the chops to match, a great powerful range which complements their style perfectly, with brilliant guitar riffs and hooks and thumping drum beats. If you get a chance to see these guys somewhere you would be foolish not to go, a really great set and its not surprising they have been chosen to play at HRH Crows at Sheffield next year.
The final act of the night, The Robert J Hunter Band. Robert was born to sing the blues with his deep throaty powerful voice: you would think he had born in Basin Street rather than the Channel Islands! With his thudding blues guitar sound he plays a wonderful mix of down and dirty blues. Arriving on stage he shouts to the crowd, which I suspect will soon now haunt him forever as a catchphrase “SAY WHAT” the title of his fourth album which ambitiously is a live one (my review of that to follow soon). Accompanied by brilliant guitarist James Le Huray and drummer Greg Sheffield they showcased a collection of songs from the albums including the wonderful Preacher, Learn to Fly, Bringing Me Down, Three Shake Fold, to name just a few, in fact every one of the eighteen songs they played tonight were welcomed by the crowd with rapturous applause and cheers. The band are soon to play the Kent Blues Collective with Will Wilde and Kris Barras, so if you like your blues dirty and raw go out and see them.
All in all, a wonderful mix of blues and rock and everyone went home well entertained.
Review by Dave Martin & photos Carol Henson aka LadyGigger.



Leicester The Musician Robert J Hunter & Guests 21/09/18.

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