Saturday, 9 April 2011

Caught Live (2): Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project @ Shrewsbury 07/04/11

#202: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! ELOBF appears to be in the middle of a gig glut in March and April this year and one of the absolute pleasures of attending and drinking in live music in the ELO and related musical universe is witnessing a concert such as that performed by The Beatles Blues and Blue Violin Project (BBBV) on the night of Thursday 7th April at The Walker Theatre, a venue located within Theatre Severn beside the beautiful River Severn in the enigmatic county town of Shrewsbury.

Travelling the thirty odd miles to see this group of mature, talented and professional musicians of proven ELO pedigree deliver a set of songs largely written by The Beatles and Jeff Lynne in that unique BBBV style really is a perfect fit for ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) - and not necessarily in name only. Phil Bates, Mik Kaminski and Tina McBain (a.k.a. Tina Mac) duly delivered another entertaining set of "folksy, bluesy" interpretations, mostly of Beatles and ELO trax. This is the fourth time that I've seen BBBV now and I have to say that this trio have become tighter and have matured much as a unit. Songs like "Norwegian Wood", "I Am The Walrus", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Why Worry?" and "Motherless Children" were intermingled effortlessly with their twin tributes to the late, great Kelly Groucutt in "Can't Get It Out Of My Head" and "Midnight Blue".

See also: Caught Live: Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project @ Highley 03/09/10

It is so very natural to see the way that Beatles classics are stripped down and performed next to those Jeff Lynne penned masterpieces that we all know and love. The quartet of ELO songs were completed by "Evil Woman" and "Rock 'n' Roll Is King". Yours Truly KJS will be over at The Robin 2 again tomorrow night (Sunday 10th April) to savour another BBBV concert with "a little help from their Friends" Groucutt & Haynes and Fay & Latta. Find out more about remaining 2011/2012  BBBV tour dates via this link thus:
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends The Beatles Blues & Blue Violin Project to those enlightened folks who also like ELO/ Jeff LynneRoy Wood'Brum Beat'The MoveThe Beatles and related artistes.

Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 09-Apr-2011

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