Review: King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys @ Lichfield Guildhall

In what has become a Lichfield Arts tradition, King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys bought their good time, jump jive sounds to the Guildhall.

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys

The six piece were joined by the saxophonist Chris Aldridge, famed for his work with the Climax Blues Band, who more than ably filled in for the indisposed Boysey Battrum.

Playing a varied set of their own music and very well chosen covers, the energetic and lively ensemble of lead vocalist and saxophonist King Pleasure, guitarist Bulmoose K Shirley, drummer Gary Barber, pianist Matt Foundling and group clown, bassist Shark Von Schtoop, played music that as well as being feel good party music, was also extremely well played.

Behind the good time façade, the six piece is a very sharp and tight ensemble with a full sound.

Their performances ranged from their This Is It and Back to Birmingham, to pin sharp renditions of Shake, Rattle and Roll and Back at the Chicken Shack, which was a fine show-case for the band members.

The second half featured more music from the blues songbook, with BB King’s Everyday I Have The Blues, Ray Charles’ Roll With Me Baby and Robert Johnson’s 32-20 featuring.

A well deserved encore of Going to California left the audience largely satisfied. This was music of the eternal Saturday night – feel-good and well delivered.