Concert Review – The Chris Bevington Organisation

Review by Ben Macnair with photos by Dave Jones

Three albums into their career, the nine piece Chris Bevington Organisation wowed an audience of blues,rock, and jazz fans when they played at Lichfield Guildhall on Sunday February 18th.

The Chris Bevington Organisation

The band, which consists of bassist Chris Bevington, singers and guitarists Jim Kirkpatrick and Scott Ralph, drummer Neil McCallum, keyboard player Dave Edwards, Sarah Miller and Kate Robertson on vocals, Mike Yorke on Saxophone and Adrian Gibson on trumpet played a musically diverse set of their own music, and well chosen covers that gave soloing opportunities to all of the players. They played music from all of their releases, with special emphasis given to their newest album, Cut and Run.

They started the gig with Steve Ray Vaughan’s The House is Rockin’, with its thumping drums and bass, and calmed things down for their own ballad, Daydream, with its Memphis guitars and horn parts giving it the sound and feel of a classic soul song. Express Train unsurprisingly was a faster song, allowing for plenty of frantic guitar work, whilst Let Me Know was a full throttle jump jive piece.

The Chris Bevington Organisation

The Dark Side of Love, despite its title was a fairly fast blues song, whilst the full swing and musical interplay of Everyday I have The Blues showed why this standard from the blues songbook has remained so popular. Things were slowed down drastically for a re-worked version of Prince’s Purple Rain, allowing the harmony vocals of Sarah Miller and Kate Robertson to shine, as well as giving plenty of room for both the guitarists to show all of the emotion they could ring from their strings.

A fifteen minute version of Five Long Years, which gave solos to all of the nine players on stage finished the set, and showed the pedigree and the following that this talented ensemble is starting to gather.

The Chris Bevington Organisation

Local Photographer Stephen House has also created a FLICKR Gallery of the shots he took of the band on the night.

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