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Review: Stevie Nimmo at the Lichfield Guildhall

The singer-songwriter Stevie Nimmo and his band gave a masterclass in modern blues when they made their debut at Lichfield Guildhall.

Stevie Nimmo

Stevie Nimmo

Having recently broken his arm in an accident, Stevie was replaced as lead guitarist by the young fire-brand Dave Devlin, but his soul powered vocals and stage presence wasn’t diminished as his passioned, anguished vocals soared through the octaves.

With drummer Craig Bacon and bassist Mat Beable, the quartet powered through many of their own originals, and some choice covers from the likes of Eric Clapton and Freddie King.

They skipped genres effortlessly, with jazzy workouts sitting next to proto-metal songs delivered with skill and aplomb.

Songs ranged from the originals such as Sky Won’t Fall and the heavy rock of Chains, to the soft balladeering of Eric Clapton’s River of Tears, with Dave Devlin’s powerful solo placing emotion above a display of mere technique.

Originals such as Running on Back to You and the more joyful Lovin’ Might Do Us Good, with its soul based guitar patterns and changes in time signature showing the full range of the group’s sonic palette.

However, the rock classic, Goin’ Down which closed the band’s set, was very well received and showed how much life is left in old songs when they are done justice by a band at the top of its game.

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