Saturday, August 10, 2013

Johnny Marvel's Blues Groove

I'm always on the look out for half-decent British blues bands (a rare phenomenon) so I was impressed today by Johnny Marvel's Blues Groove, who played at the pub near where I live in Hampshire. Johnny (son of music journalist Seamus McGarvey) has a good voice and a fine band behind him, especially the lead guitar and keyboard men. I couldn't fault his choice of material, which ranged from bluesy numbers like You Got Me Dizzy, Keep What You Got and There's A Man Down There, through boogie woogie (Take Me Right Back ToThe Track, Jack), soul (You're No Good and See-saw), rock (Whole Lotta Love) and even a bit of rock and roll (Great Balls Of Fire). Johnny looks the part with a blue velvet jacket and cravat and this was a highly enjoyable set. .


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