|Andy Bennett (l) + KJS enjoying a deserved pint with Nick Pentelow (r)|
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
Caught Live: Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders @ The Robin 18/10/15
#994: Hello ... Hello ... my old friends ... It's great to see you once again! Andy Fairweather-Low will tell you that he has been in the business for nearly fifty years. And he has since 1966 when Amen Corner were founded in South Wales and went onto conquer the UK singles charts with their classic #1 "If Paradise (Is Half As Nice)" and their #4 hit cover of Roy Wood's Move rocker "Hello Susie", amongst not a few others including "Bend Me Shape Me" and "High In The Sky". Following on from that, the affable Welshman has enjoyed a successful solo career and been on the road with the likes of George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman and Roger Waters as well as sharing the stage with Jeff Lynne at The Concert For George in 2002 before forming his Low Riders in 2006.
Having first bumped into Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders last December supporting Roy Wood's Christmas extravaganza at Birmingham Symphony Hall, their gig at The Robin 2 on Sunday 18th October was simply too attractive to resist. Sporting former Wizzard man Nick Pentelow in their ranks, the sizeable Sunday crowd were witness to a superb set of songs which included some sublime Southern Blues, gospel, jazz, a taste of reggae as well as material from Andy's time with Amen Corner, Fair Weather, his solo career and the Low Riders impressive song roster.
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders are indeed a tight band. Be it their enigmatic front man, their classy drummer Paul Beavis, superlative bassist Dave Bronze or the somewhat amazing saxophonist Nick Pentelow, the quartet enthralled and entertained an appreciative audience from the first note to the last chord with the more than able support of Andy Bennett (of Ocean Colour Scene fame) - particularly with his marvellous acoustic renditions of The Beatles' "Here There And Everywhere" and "Come Together" as well as his very own "Hole In The Road". This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with two exceptionally talented artistes. Roll on Roy Wood's Rockmas when we shall see AFL again!
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders performed: "Something Else" ~ "Hard Hat Beauty" ~ "Lightning Boogie" ~ "Life Ain't No Competition" ~ "Baby What Do You Want Me To Do?" ~ "Hymn 4 For My Soul" ~ "I'll Get You" ~ "High In The Sky" ~ "Let Me Be Your Angel" ~ "Travellin' Light" ~ "Natural Sinner" ~ "Dance On" ~ "Billy's Back" ~ "Rocky Raccoon" ~ "Reggae Tune" ~ "La Booga Rooga" ~ "Gin House Blues" ~ "Lay My Burden Down" ~ "When Things Go Wrong" ~ "It Was Sad When That Great Ship Went Down" ~ "So Glad You're Mine" ~ "Bend Me Shape Me" ~ "Wide Eyed And Legless" ~ "Tequila" ~ "Peter Gunn" ~ "Apache" ~ "Route 66" ~ "Puttin' On The Style" ~ "If Paradise [(Is Half As Nice)"
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders are: Andy Fairweather Low (Lead vox/guitars), Dave Bronze (Bass/backing vox), Nick Pentelow (Saxophone/clarinet/percussion), Paul Beavis (Drums)
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders are next at Stafford's Gatehouse Theatre on Saturday 24th October with tickets priced at £20 each. Remember that they will also be performing in support of Roy Wood's Rockmas on Sunday 6th December at The Barclaycard Arena (NIA) too. You can find out what Andy Fairweather Low and Andy Bennett are up to via their official web sites thus:
ELO Beatles Forever (ELOBF) recommends Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders and Andy Bennett to those enlightened folks who also like ELO/Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, 'Brum Beat', The Idle Race, The Move, The Beatles and related artistes.
Until next "Time" in the ELO (and related) Universe ... KJS ... 20-Oct-2015