The sun was shining for our second Sunday Session on 8 Aug 2010 which kicked off in fine style with one of last weeks open mic winner Alan (vocals) performing Born to be Wild (Steppenwolf) and Smoke on the Water (Deep Purple), this time accompanied by Paul on lead guitar.

There were only two entries for the open mic this week, both of a high standard that went through to the final. First up was Eloah who performed an original drum and bass(ish) track called Fly Away? Her voice danced across and around the music, somewhat reminiscent of Enigma - she had a lovely tone and style although I thought the song was a tad long at over 5 minutes.

Next up was familiar face of singer/songwriter/guitarist Mark Harris, who has become an annual regular at the Sunday Sessions open mic over the past few years. It was great to see him again, he did an admiral job performing two of his original songs, A Summertime Ago and Don't Send Me A Postcard, despite having to juggle playing his acoustic guitar whilst seated on a camping chair and rescuing his music when the wind blew the music stand over!

After the open mic, local singer/songwriter Jack Terroni (vox/elec guitar) performed a short set accompanied by Patrick O'Donahue on bongos, acoustic guitar and vocals on Wheels. Jack has a great voice and performs his original songs passionately. His set included 8-59, Wheels, Breathe and the catchy, pithy anthem on todays political situation Mr. Dollar Man is available to download from Amazon.

Next up on stage were husband and wife team Caroline (vocals/harmonica) & John Hoare (lead guitar/vocals) with their heavy rock band The Haunting AD. Better known for their original music, they performed a mellowed down covers set which included Gimme Some Loving (Spencer Davis Group), Be Bop A Lula (Gene Vincent), Superstitious (Stevie Wonder) and Ten years (Buddy Guy)

A regular to our Sunday Sessions, guitarist Noel Martin and brought his new rock band Temper Diablo : Miah Brennan (vox), Niol (drums), Micky (bass) to showcase tracks from their new album Comfort in Violence including 5am, Blood, Surrender and Gypsy.

Finally the headline band Pete Wood (vox/harp/guitar) and the Blues Chapter (Drums-Luke Foster, Guitar-Jesse Thomas, Bass-Sam Gannon) took the stage, joined by Noel Martin (lead guitar) to provide us with a mix of uptempo blues covers which included Going Down (Freddie King), Heaven and Hell (John Lee Hooker), Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson), All Along The Watchtower (Jimi Hendrix), Hoochie Coochie Man (Muddy Waters), I Know A Little (Lynyrd Skynyrd), I'm Ready (Muddy Waters), Jailhouse Rock (Blues Brothers), Let the Good Times Roll (Jimi Hendrix), London Town, Nadine (Chuck Berry).

A great big THANK YOU to the band for making this yet another wonderful afternoon. I must apologise to the musicians for the lateness of the review and losing the list with the musicians names on! I will add them as soon as I find it!! Sadly the poor quality of the video recording and background chatter means that there will not be a posting of the day, however, feel free to watch one from 2009 and browse the photo's from the day below. Thanks to Mike Barratt for the great photos! (the not so good ones are stills from the club camcorder!!).

Watch a video of Pete Wood and the Blues Chapter at Broomfield Park 2009

Browse photos of the day below - click on the image title link to view larger picture which opens in a new window (may require popups and javascript enabled depending on your browser settings).



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