|Rebecca Downes and her superb band totally blew away The Robin 2 (Photo: Kevin Totts)|
As you are no doubt aware, I've had the pleasure of attending a great deal of gigs over the years but this particular performance by Bekah was astounding in terms of both the quality of her vocals and her stage presence as she wowed the venue. Add to that the tight, professional and slick band aiding and assisting her and you had the perfect recipe for a night of the most excellent female led British blues as she delivered "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Another Piece Of My Heart" alongside her own excellent material - co-written with fellow band member and friend Steve Birkett - including "Basement Of My Heart", "Messed Up", the beautiful "Walking With Shadows", title track "Back To The Start", rocker "Round And Round" and "Laughter From Her Room" (I should really relist the whole set shouldn't I?).
Special mention should also be made of the contribution of guitarist Johnny Caswell who is also a member of The Steve Gibbons Band and was in inspired form on the night, a real treat to witness.
For me, Rebecca rounded off the night superbly and perfectly with a passionate and lively rendition of Lennon and McCartney's Beatles epic "With A Little Help From My Friends" with a nod to the late, great Joe Cocker yet with her own personality stamped all over it. This really was a fantastic gig and the news gets better knowing that Rebecca Downes is returning to Brewood in just two weeks on Saturday 23rd May to join forces with The Trevor Burton Band, per this recent ELOBF article: