Hipkiss with Patsy Gamble

Rock, blues, soul and jazz were all on the menu when the saxophonist Patsy Gamble joined forces with the blues rock band Hipkiss to play at Lichfield Guildhall.

Hipkiss with Patsy Gamble

With a hard-working drummer, bassist, keyboard player and ex-Wishbone Ash guitarist Muddy Mannien, the band played a lot of hard grooving rock, slow, soulful blues and some interesting covers of music from the sixties and seventies.

With a sound that drew in funk influences, some of the music sounded like the soundtrack you might have found in an American police show, all swirling Hammond Organ, half-time drums, slap bass and wah-wah-infused rock guitar all playing their parts in the heady sonic mix.

With Patsy Gamble’s soaring saxophone to the front of the mix and her lively singing telling stories of love gone wrong and love gone right, there were also more politically-charged songs, such as the lively Respect Yourself, the reggae feel of Sunshine or the brooding and slow The Bottle.

Covers of Papa Was A Rolling Stone and set closer Hip To Be Square had very different arrangements, while pieces such as the instrumental Difficult or the love song of Northern Lights showed the different soundscapes that the talented five piece were able to create in the live environment.

A crowd pleasing version of Stevie Wonder’s I Wish closed the concert.