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Review: The Ben Poole Band at the Lichfield Guildhall

With a solid reputation as a singer and plaudits from guitarists such as the late Gary Moore and Jeff Beck, the fast rising performer Ben Poole and his talented four piece band delivered a set of high powered blues, rock and funk when they appeared in Lichfield.

The Ben Poole Band on stage in Lichfield

The Ben Poole Band on stage in Lichfield

Much of the music they played during the evening came from Time Has Come, the ensemble’s latest release. With help from long term keyboard player Steve Watts and a talented bass and drum rhythm section, they played the many moods on the album, with Ben Poole’s guitar style and vocals – which were at times reminiscent of both Paul Rodgers and Steve Linwood – being pushed well to the forefront.

The gig started with Let’s Go Upstairs, a funk based blues song, while a cover of the blues staple Have You Ever Loved a Woman featured a delicate guitar soliloquy and accapella vocals before the rest of the band joined in.

Most of the songs were exercises in mood with careful dynamics and well paced changes in tempo, with songs such as Lying to Me, If You Want to Play with My Heart, and Just When You Thought It Was Safe all being cases in point.

The concert finished with Time Might Never Come, one of those blues ballads that ran through with aching melancholy and extremely high quality musicianship, which shows just why the name of Ben Poole is one to watch.

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