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A healthy-sized audience saw two popular local bands play, when Maximum 90 and The Crisis Blues band performed at the Guildhall. With a sound that fused the funk energy of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, with a melancholic progressive rock style, Maximum 90 played a set of their own songs, written since they first formed in 2002. Songs such as Another Victory and Never Know Why featured drumming that was a mixture of Keith Moon and Animal from the Muppets, with closely interwoven guitar and bass playing, that skipped effortlessly through changes in time signatures, and impressive close harmony singing. Wanting to fly was a straight forward Pink Floyd influenced song, while set closer Trebarwith Strand was a progressive rock piece that let the band’s newest recruit, lead singer Francois show the full power and range of his voice. The second band on where the more seasoned – and better known – Crisis Blues Band, led by singer Keith Thompson, with the band members comprising Fred Robinson on guitars and vocals Andy Vere on bass, keyboard player Mark Johnson and drummer Neil Cottrell. They played a series of covers from the blues-rock repertoire, ranging from set opener Lie to me and Walking the Dog through to songs by Gary Moore in Since I met you baby and Still got the blues for you. The gravelly lower range of Keith Thompson’s voice was ideally suited to the music of Chris Rea, with The Road to Hell, Come so far, still got so far to go and On the beach all being featured in the set. Other songs played included one of the group’s own instrumental pieces, and a set closer of Stormy Monday. All in all, a good night of fine music, played by two talented bands.

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