BIG THANKS TO CHRIS KYAN – LRB REVIEWER AND PHOTOGRAPHER
Well, …….. ‘That was the night that was’ (to misquote the late Sir David Frost).
Summer has finally arrived at the LRB and what better way to celebrate than with the arrival of the resident Swallows (who seemed to enjoy the show) and two fine bands, ‘The Rosellys’ and ‘The Redlands Palomino Company’, playing their rocking ‘UKAmericana’ to a packed and appreciative barn audience ‘Good n’ True’.
Act 1, The Rosellys; fronted by Rebecca Rosewell on vocals and guitar with Simon Kelly on Vocals Guitar and Fiddle.
This band really knows how to please as they played their way through their set ably supported by the tight rhythm section of Drew Bridges on Drums and Matt Kirby on bass and not forgetting Allan Kelly centre stage on Pedal steel and Dobro.
I have never seen a Pedal Steel guitar before at the LRB and tonight we had two, the stage being packed with a musician’s dream of equipment. All perfectly mic’d up by David Booth and Jonathan for the occasion.
That was some opening set and if you missed it, all I can suggest is you catch this Bristol based band on the road and get their music at home or in the car. A real treat to the ears.
Finally, with this fine weather, we were able to enjoy eating and chatting in the lovely gardens neat and trim for the occasion. I cannot think of anywhere you are treated like this with great food and good company thrown in.
As dusk fell it was time for ‘The Redlands Palomino Company’ to do their stuff. The stage was re set, the raffle drawn and it was time for more great music.
Hannah and Alex Elton-Wall front this great band on Vocals and Guitars supported by Rain on Bass Guitar, David Rothon on Pedal Steel and all sorts of other guitars with Dan Tilbury tucked away at the back on drums. David doing a fine Jonathan Creek impression along the way.
After the gig it was lovely to chat with band members, getting sigs on CDs. They were all impressed with the way such a great venue has evolved and survives just to create a space for live music.
If you missed this, my advice remains the same, catch them on tour and get their music in your life. You won’t be disappointed! Oh and book early for the next LRB sensation.