The Union Inn, Newton Abbot
Shovelhead are one of the BEST ROCK BANDS!
This band rocks the shit out of Rock and Roll. A great frontman with great musicians. A female bassist holds the bottom end down with a very good and dynamic drummer. Both guitarists solo like they are having a damn good shag and having a good time!
Anon. (Lemonrock, September 2017)
The Bishops Blaize, Exeter
Having seen this band advertised several times I headed on down to the Bishop Blaize I was pleasantly surprised upon seeing a keyboard and on hearing the sound of Police’s “So Lonely”. By the time they had played one of my all time favourites, Peter Green’s “Black Magic Woman” I was hooked and stayed until the end.
This band is not the type that is obviously held together by one great musician. They all looked relaxed and comfortable in their roll and played superb tight music with a well balanced sound. They obviously enjoy their music and have fun along the way. To say it had rained that evening, would be a bit of an understatement: it’d been chucking it down!
An off-the-cuff rendition of “Singing in the Rain” with locals joining in, caused some well deserved laughter and applause and from there on in it was one big hit after another: Soloman Burke “Every Needs Somebody,” The Clash “Should I go or Should I Stay Now”, and so on. Happily, my initial curiosity to check out this curiously named band was well rewarded with a truly great night out.
My advice is to go and see them, and to save a seat for me!
The Ship Inn, Teignmouth
I was in Teignmouth for the Jazz & Blues Festival and spent Sunday evening ‘on the fringe’. For me, the best fringe event, by far, was the inclusion of Shovelhead, who are normally a top notch Rock and Blues band. On Saturday night, however, Shovelhead played the blues and played it well!
The evening started off with “Nine Lives” a great number from the Stray Cats. The first set continued to flow with numbers from Dr Feelgood, (including a great Harmonica solo) Sonny Boy Williamson and a great version of a Bobby Bland song called “Aint No Love In The Heart Of The City” followed up by Gary Moore, Jimi Hendrix, “My Brother Jake” by Free and a Johnny Lang cover.
The highlight of the second set for me was Etta James’s “Damn Your Eyes,” which is a fabulous number and one which the band played to perfection. This wonderfully varied set also included tracks from The Animals, The Coasters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Wilson Pickett, Coco Montoya and loads more. The guitarist sang three numbers during this set demonstrating what a great voice he has and the band, as a whole, clearly enjoyed themselves and performed really well in front of a blues crowd who managed to get 4 encores out of the band, including a great version of “Superstition.”
What a great show. I hope they book these guys again!
Dicey Reilly’s, Teignmouth
We propped up the bar and what followed was a magic night – the quality of the music was awesome and they have a great sound system too. In the first set we loved REM’s The One I Love, Roxette by Doctor Feelgood, House of the Rising Sun, Iggy Pop’s The Passenger and My Brother Jake, all excellent. Second set we heard: I Fought The Law, Bad Company’s Movin’ On and a brilliant version of Superstition. These guys are real pros and did several encores. The banter was great, loved the story about the blonde and the 747.
Cant’ wait for the next time – thanks guys.
Angela and Mick
The Kings Arms, Exeter
This was the 2nd gig of the day for these crazy guys, who were followed to The Kings Arms by most of the crowd who had seen them at the previous pub they played in, which should give you an indication as to just how good they are!
They hit the ground running with Thin Lizzy’s “Jailbreak” then marched on through Bad Company’s “Feel Like Makin’ Love”; a great song called “Riot in Cell Block Number 9” followed by a cracking version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” featuring double sax and guitar solos, then they really rocked the house with a number called “Bad Boy For Love”.
The antics and banter throughout the gig were hilarious… The second set was awesome and although it was hot we loved it. The highlight of the evening for me had to be ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ sung by the drummer whilst still playing drums!
I’m going to join this bands fan club!
New Quay Inn, Teignmouth
What a fantastic afternoon’s live music was had in Teignmouth on Easter Bank holiday Sunday with The Bail Jumpers. We turned up at the New Quay Inn hoping to see a live band inside and they were outside the pub in the sunshine set up and ready to go.
A well polished performance from these guys who were as tight as a drum and full of energy despite the boiling weather.
They played some awesome music from the Monkees ‘Daydeam Believer’ to Electric Six’s ‘Gay Bar’ (the antics had us in giggles). What a amazing version of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Red House’ with Saxophone and guitar solos – one of the best renditions I have heard with the big guy at the front belting it out and we all sang along to Billy Idol’s ‘In The Midnight Hour’. In all the band played well over 2.5 hours.
It was said by the front man that the Sax player was Axel Rose’s Dad, and it must be true because he’s the spitting image!
I’m told the band will be back again next year. So will we.
Roll on The Bail Jumpers!
The Old Manor Inn, Paignton
Friday night I went to see a band I have never seen before, The Bail Jumpers. What a great band they are and to say they rocked the place would be an understatement.
From the off they had us all jumping, singing then dancing with some great numbers. We loved Red House, Rebel Yell, Molly’s Chamber (sang by Dan the guitar player who was the star of the show) and Gay Bar (sung by Robbie, again another star but then they all were). Red House was amazing.
The highlights of the night were the evergreen “Whisky in the Jar” to which we sang our hearts out and the Sax man came into his own on their encore, “Superstition”.
Blinding drum solo in “Born to be Wild” and the poor roadie (Chopper, the mind boggles) was given stick all night.
I believe they have been booked in for next year and we can’t wait to have them back.
Thanks for a lovely evening boys, best night out I’ve had in ages.