By Ian Haughey - 8th January 2014 9:11am
Left of the middle light at the bar mate..... I was there! On the photo that is, what photo* you ask? The one taken at the Shroppie Fly from behind the band. The band? Oh yeah, played here a few times over the years, very aptly titled for this time of year, called Heavy Weather.
A bit remiss of yours truly missing the first set, but the buzz in the Shroppie suggested it had been a welcome return to past times at this superb canal side venue in Audlem.
It was good to see a lot of faces missing from the local scene back to see quality bands that pull people in to the village.
Well the second set kicked off and within a couple of quality numbers and this soon became an awesome set.
A sequence of solos kicked off by Gunners on keyboards that was by fluke or just his pure genius, that classic blues Hammond sound pulled right down with Neil Simpson on bass and Kegsy on drums holding a steady rhythm that then allowed the keys and bass dance through time signatures bordering on jazz.
On cue Audlem's brass section of Alisdair Grant MacKenzie and young Roger Key weaved their sax in to the mix before leading to yer man Jim Kirkpatrick hitting some face melting lead as Kegsy lifted the tempo and the band followed.
Heavy Weather has never been without talent, and this set proved that you need to get out and see them play live. As good as their CDs are, you will never get musicianship of this quality playing the way they did on Saturday night at your local pub.
Then again with Gambler playing the week before, and Heavy Weather this week it could be the return to form the Shroppie Fly is famous for.
A moment my friends a moment :)
*Visit the pub and you will see the very photo.
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