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Quite a coup for Chinnery’s, getting everybody’s favourite blue eyed soul group for the last gig of their tour. I managed to run a 14 seater mini-bus to this one with quite a few people who had never seen them before, so was a bit apprehensive in case they were not everyone’s cup of tea. No dramas everybody love them.

A mate of mine Peter, hit the nail on the head when he described them as old soul with a modern twist. There are so many influences in there, you can hear the funk of Brass Construction, the sound of Stax, the production of Norman Whitfield with a bit of northern and the Style Council in the background. You can see why the Nolan Porters, Carleen Andersons, Joe Harris’s, Betty Lavette’s and William Bells of this world like to play with them. Paul Weller has also recorded with the band as well. They went through the set with a lot of the old favourites plus some off the new Album, Street Rituals. They rattled through songs “Back in the game” “That’s the way I want to live my life” “Your balloon is rising” “Seasons of change” “Love uprising” “The limit of a man” “Learning the hard way” plus many others. All superbly soulful and danceable. They finished with an encore of “Beverley” “Pushing you love” and Anne Peebles “Tear your playhouse down” (not as my mate said the Paul Young song).

Summing up, a band I will definitely go and see again, I have been lucky enough to see them 4 times before and each time I see them they get better. Hopefully though I might get to see them with one of the soul legends they always seem to play when I am not there next time. This was the start of another musical weekend as I saw the Small Fakers at the Bassment the next night, another band well worth going to see.

Duncan, November 2017