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Phil Brodie Band . Woodseats ("courtesy of "The Mercury") .. Having only caught their last spot last week at the live music venue in The Fleur de Lys in Totley. I was pleased with the opportunity to enjoy a full evening's entertainment by the impressive Phil Brodie Band. The three Band members with a wealth of experience playing with Bitter Suite, Dave Berry, Frank White, Alan Bown, TNT, Def Leppard and The Blues Brothers Band at live music venues all over the world, really have got their act together, yet again!
Fronted vocally by Phil Brodie and his guitar as good as any in the country and ably supported by Gerry Scanlan, excellent on bass guitar and held together by the superb drumming of Neil Wathey, this really is a live band not to be missed.
The large crowd were really entertained by covers of Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore, Peter Green, Stevie Ray Vaughn and other greats.
Although usually performing out of Sheffield, you are treated this Christmas & New Year make a diary note of their next four Sheffield live music venues 27 December at the White Lion Heeley and back at the Fluer de Lys Totley on 7 January, followed by a gig at the Bar 8 on Campo Lane on January 10 and then onto the Upperthorpe Sheffield on Jan 11. These are venues not to be missed by true followers of rock and the blues.
Howard Copley The Mercury Newspaper
( courtesy of Roy Wickenden ) .. If you are looking for a live band that can produce consistent live performances that are vitually indistinguishable from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green or Gary Moore then you need look no further. In today's live music scene it is difficult to find a live band of this quality who still really enjoy performing. I can only make these comments because I saw the likes of Hendrix and Green many times in my youth and have also had a life long struggle trying & trying to attain the same quality of performance these players are capable of. I have seen the Phil Brodie band many times, if a band is good I will always see them again. Why not treat yourself to the experience, I can assure you, you will not be disappointed. They are a live band not to be missed.
courtesy of "Blues Matters!" by. .Steve Lally
Brodie Band @ The Boot and Shoe Ackworth
On this Wednesday night at the Boot and Shoe, The Phil Brodie Band was performing. Phil Brodie is an old campaigner on the music circuit, as are Bassist Gerry Scanlan and Drummer Neil Wathey. These musicians have an enviable reputation, and have had for many, many, years. They were members of the almost legendary Bitter Suite, a rock band of the late sixties, seventies and eighties. I used to rave about the band in my beer-soaked youth and have held them in high esteem for over 20 years! My hair is greying as I type!
As my wife and I entered the 'Blue Room" of the Boot and Shoe, the band had already started and were in the throes of "Little Wing". Their version was excellent and well played on Phil Brodie's white Stratocaster.
At the end of this fine instrumental, we found a seat right in front of the band's Peavey PA cabinets. Excellent! The band proceeded to play the John MayalI number, All Your Love, the blues standard from the Godfather of British Blues. Phil Brodie had elected to use a gold Gibson Les Paul in a distressed finish! The cosmetics of this lovely instrument were of little consequence as the tone through the Marshall head and quad cabs was something else! Beautiful. Then to make my wife's night1 Phil asked the audience if they had heard of Peter Green! (This was a tongue in cheek question!) The song was Need Your Love So Bad and was played with great feeling with well-phrased vocals.
To keep in the Les Paul fellowship, Gary Moore's Since I Met You (Baby) was included in the set. With a hard attack and pinched harmonics, the guitar playing was indistinguishable from Gary Moore himself. Phil played this great song perfectly. . His vocal work was also well phrased and totally unstrained. Then a Jimmy Rodgers via Gary Moore song was attempted with brilliant results. This was Walkin' (By MyseIf). Again Phil phrased the song to his own vocal style, which is always better than straining to sound like somebody else. The years of experience were showing through with smooth bends and perfect tumarounds, which help make this song so special. The rhythm section was fabulous with solid percussion and a very stylish bass technique. The brilliant outro took us to the interval and some respite for the eardrums!
Using the white Stratocaster once again the band opened the second set with Albert King's Born Under a Bad Sign. Depending on which pick-up selection, the Fender sounded both mellow and cutting edge when needed. This song is a favourite of mine both by Albert King and Cream. I have now heard a third version of equal power and enjoyment.
Moving on through the set, the next song was introduced as Green Shed but those in the know weren't fooled especially as the introductory triplets of Red House rang around the Boot and Shoe's Blue Room (named after the smoke haze I think!) This classic Jimi Hendrix Blues was perfectly executed with just the right amount of guitar reverb and more of Phil Brodie's well-metered vocals.
At this point the band were introduced to the crowd and were warmly, if politely, applauded.
Keeping in the Hendrix frame of mind, the band continued with Hey Joe. I've heard this song a thousand times but I still love it. Phil and the band played on as if the song was their own and a nice guitar solo was played during this version of the Billy Roberts penned classic.
A subtle start was unusual with another Jimi Hendrix song. This particular one was Foxy Lady and had a nice walking bass line and pleasingly noisy drums. The band are a very tight outfit as can be expected after many years of playing together. This could be experienced as they played a song made famous by Gary Moore and Albert Collins. This number being, Too Tired, with Phil Brodie back on his Gold Les Paul. The 12-bar rhythm from Gerry Scanlon and Neil Wathey on drums was a pleasure to hear and with the superb tone and pinched harmonics on Phil's highly desirable Gibson, the song was brilliant!
Gerry Scanlan started another Chicago style 12-bar on the song The Blues are Bad (and are here to stay). Gerry is a superb bass player with a very special technique. Working well with Neil on rock-solid drums, Gerry's bass turnarounds were superb. The sight of his left hand fingers dancing around the frets of his Fender bass was truly amazing. This allowed Phil Brodie to do a Walter Trout style extended instrumental break during this song, which also had audience participation singing the chorus of 'Hey Hey, the Blues is alright!" Brilliant stuff!
To end a very enjoyable set, the band played another Jimi Hendrix favourite, Purple Haze. Re-aquainted with his Fender once again, Phil took advantage of the moment to indulge in some Hendrix style theatricals as in playing the Strat behind his head and using wah-wah and tremelo whammy bar as he thought fit. This was the finale of a highly enjoyable evening at the Boot and Shoe. I went to the venue with no intention of writing a report but instead of simply chilling out with a few pints and the company of my dear wife, I felt duty bound to both BluesMatters and to The Phil Brodie Band to write a review of my evenings enjoyment! This band should be seen nationwide at the summer blues festivals -promoters please take note!
THE WHITE SWAN BELPER and ...THE
Last time.to catch them before a month long break, holidays and stuff. We missed them at THE DOLPHIN, Beer Festival Derby, so we're over at The White Swan, Market Place, Belper. Now Chris & Linda have put Live Music back on the map in.Belper as far.as we're concerned and it's a friendly place, be warned, get there early as about half an hour before the band are due on.the place gets packed. .Former Bitter Suite, .... yer editor was about in those days.and regularly brushed shoulders with these guys and a few others, but we don't wanna go back that far. The first set was like they say, power blues with an outstanding version of, 'Need your love so bad' 'Little Wing' and a very slow version of 'Dont believe a word' . and telling us that . the faster. Lizzy version comes later. After more tracks it's the end of the first set and . 'The Swan' is packed . The .second .set . gets underway, 'Pretty Woman' you'd have to travel a long way to hear it played better than this, well it's the same old story . . . . just when you think it ain't ganna get better Phil and the boys played two Hendrix numbers that were the best I've heard in years, . 'Hey Joe' . & . 'Foxy Lady' then came the Lizzy medley, 'Rosalie'. 'The Boys are Back in Town' . & . 'Dont believe a Word' . . Purple Haze blow our heads. The one thing that puts the Phil Brodie Band in a different league to most other bands is the sound, no sound engineer, it's raw, crystal clear vocals and instruments which comes with experience of lots of gigs and miles down the road to who knows where. Now if this had been an episode of Juke Box Jury [Juke Bax what....?] then the ed, the accountant and roadie Dave would have voted them a big five all round. A quick word and cheers for bev, who was wanderin' around with her camera throughout the show taking pictures, not of the band but the audience, take a look at the the website www.philbrodieband.com and you'll see all the pics from different venues, an excellent website including the babe of the month page.
MICK MOONSHINE "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll",
THE PHIL BRODIE BAND (courtesy of "The Mercury")
Wednesday night took me
to The Woodseats Hotel where I had been invited by band manager Beverley Turner
to review a live recording by the Phil Brodie Band. Comprising of Phil Brodie
on lead guitar and vocals, Neil Wathey on drums and Gerry Scanlan on bass
guitar, these three ex-members of Bitter Suite are as near to musical perfection
as you will see and hear.
The pub was packed solid
to witness a fantastic show, which included plenty of Hendrix and Gary Moore.
This superb band recorded
on the night "Good Times Roll", Voodoo Chile", Hey Joe",
"Purple Haze" being my personal favourite, "The Blues Is Alright"
which had the whole pub joining in, plus other numbers too numerous to mention.
The Phil Brodie Band obviously
take great pleasure and pride in what they do and are a credit to the music
Howard Copley of .The Mercury Newspaper.
( courtesy of "The Entertainer", Doncaster)
(Courtesy of "The Entertainer" Doncaster.. FEB 20th. 2003)
THE PHIL BRODIE BAND
("courtesy of "The Mercury" )
THE PHIL BRODIE BAND (courtesy of "The Mercury")
into Phil Brodie in a restaurant in Holmesfield, and he very kindly gave
me a copy of the band's compact disc, which was recently recorded at the
Woodseats Hotel. . On playing this I have
to say it is excellent. Not only is it musically and vocally superb, but
also managed to capture the fantastic atmosphere at the Woodseats, including
the now famous shout of 'Get on with it' from the genial landlord Mel.
The disc which includes covers of Hendrix and Gary Moore is a must buy,
unless like me you can obtain one for free, details can be obtained from
band boss Beverley Turner on 01142 891279
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