Live at The Tunnels, Aberdeen

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Live at The Tunnels, Aberdeen
3 February 2017

Back in town with his own band, Poole delivered a fine set, among the best shows that Graham and Kenny have promoted to date.  And although he is nominally the front man and the stage focal point, his partners deserve huge credit for locking in tightly, and applying considerable individual virtuosity in laying down a background honed perfectly to his vocal and instrumental skills. Ben was visibly appreciative of the contribution made by Stevie Watts (organ and piano), Tom Swann (bass) and drummer Ben Matthews, name-checking them frequently, and indulging in instrumental sparring, especially with Watts, whose organ tones and vocal harmonies provided a tangible soul edge to a lively 90-minute set.

Highlights included ‘Lying To Me’, riff-heavy but tasteful, the gentle funk of ‘The Question Why’, and covers, ‘Have You Ever Loved A Woman’ and ‘I Think I Love You Too Much’. His tribute to mentor Gary Moore, ‘Time Might Never Come’ displayed a guitar tone and sensitivity of vocal that would have made Moore himself proud.

Although the young blues scene in the UK is getting mighty crowded, Ben Poole has enough individuality to stand out, and may just be destined for success.

Photo credit: Graham Robertson

Date added: Feb 06, 2017

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