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PAPA GEORGE BAND — Staines Riverside Show Review

A superior night of musical entertainment was had by all this Thursday at Staines Riverside Club when the PAPA GEORGE BAND came to town to play a magnificent concert to a crowded house.

The award-winning blues-man PAPA GEORGE is one of the leading British live blues artists around and he’s a regular attendee at the Staines club, often appearing in company with MICKY MOODY or friend Alan Glen (the harmonica musician and band leader who was originally with The Yardbirds.) Like Alexis Korner, GEORGE is of Greek Cypriot origin.

Papa George - @neilmach 2020 ©
Papa George – @neilmach 2020 © “razor-sharp guitar-play that feels kinda swampy ‘n’ moist and often impudent in nature…

His numbers almost always come with razor-sharp guitar-play that feels kinda swampy ‘n’ moist and often impudent in nature.

George introduced the others in his power trio quite early on: Peter J. Stroud (on drums, known for his work with The Foundations) and the amazing Pete Rees (the session bassist who is very famous for his work with Gary Moore.)

Their interpretation of “Red House” (Hendrix) was as authentically raw as the original, with lots of inventive guitar and many incredibly tight rhythms.

Papa George photo credit: @neilmach 2020 ©
Papa George photo credit: @neilmach 2020 © His voice is the texture of worn leather with the bitterness of tobacco smoke…


















And there was plenty more waka-waka chung to be enjoyed on the self-penned “Blackjack” — one of the highlights of this top-level show. Of course, as we have said before, George’s voice is a mixture of dark molasses and plum wine, with the texture of worn leather and the bitterness of tobacco smoke. You could drown in his voice of tar and syrup, you really could! But this show was surprising due to the extraordinary electric guitar work that the maestro brought to Staines.

We all knew that George was one of the best blues singers on the circuit, a brilliant composer and a master of the Amistar resonator. What we didn’t know was that, armed with his Fender Strat or Flying Finn, he’d be the Southern Area Champion electric guitarist too! As one keen club-member observed, after a particularly spirited guitar solo: “I guess George is the best guitarist we’ve had in this joint.” I think he could be right!

The evening proceeded with splendid covers of old Elmore James, a Paul Rodgers penned blues paean (Muddy Water Blues ) and an old John Hiatt number (Feels Like Rain — made famous by Buddy Guy.) The concert ended with an ingenious and totally immersive rendition of the funky-soul hit “Superstition” (Stevie Wonder) that had originally been written with Jeff Beck in mind, for his Beck, Bogert & Appice project. At Staines Riverside Club, this song was a hugely enjoyable final piece, full of intelligent rhythms, extraordinary rebound and lots of cheerful energy.

What a show! What a guy!

Words & Pictures: @neilmach 2020 ©

Link: http://www.papageorge.co.uk/papageorge.co.uk


PAPA GEORGE and MICKY MOODY — Live in Staines

Award-winning bluesman PAPA GEORGE and legendary guitarist MICKY MOODY played a live concert at the fabulous STAINES RIVERSIDE CLUB on Thursday night. Rock vocalist and talented composer ALI MAAS joined them onstage as a special guest.

The duo played a selection of blues, rhythm and blues, soul and gospel songs that included some choice cover songs as well as a selection of Papa George’s own first-class numbers.

Songs like Little Feat’s “Sailin’ Shoes” had the crowd swaying along with its indolent lurching pace — the lethargic guitars and fervent passion of the lyrics penetrated every moment.

George’s fine picking on “You Can Love Yourself” ( by contemporary Delta blues artist Keb’ Mo’) was praiseworthy. As was the liquid bottleneck slide work from Micky.

Here George’s voice was wood-tar and old brandy seeing him perfectly capable of producing cream-hazelnut highs — husky-textured but sweet, sweet, sweet — from those incredible vocal folds.

Papa George at Staines Riverside Club — here with Ali Maas

Jesus on the Mainline”  ( Ry Cooder)  was finely picked.

This gradually evolving Gospel number is a crowd favorite.

Encouraged to sing, the crowd at Staines joined-in enthusiasticall with the good-natured call and response.

Who likes John Lee Hooker?” cried Papa George. There was a yell of support so the musicians launched into “Crawling King Snake.

This a delta-blues song from the 1920’s that is almost always identified with Hooker. George’s voice on the piece was curmudgeonly and appropriately raw — but the guitarists had a whole lotta fun with the arrangement when they stumbled upon Muddy Waters’ “You Need Love” [the precursor to “Whole Lotta Love”]

The dynamic interaction and interdependence between these two consummate guitarists — plus their whiskey ‘n’ dry voices, with velvet textures — along with a canny song choice and the highlight ALI MAAS appearance — meant that this was a night to remember.

Words & Pictures: Neil Mach 2017 ©

Link: https://www.facebook.com/StainesRiversideClub/


Papa George & Micky Moody Bring It On Home to Staines

With a voice that was as thickly sweet as boat varnish and guitars that were as expressive as a Bombay Talkie, the two-man Papa George & Micky Moody show rode into Staines last night.

To our little ol’ club along the Staines Riverside .

Their show was filled with quality from start to finish. Full of extraordinary possibilities. Eloquent guitar work, chocolate vocals, theatrical performances (as agile as you can imagine) — with moods lightened by warm humour and genuine affection shown for (and by) the public.

We had numbers like “Bring It On Home” (a song written by American bassist-songwriter Willie Dixon) with articulate picking and brief but memorable forays into riff-work.

Papa George - Eloquent guitar work, chocolate vocals...
Papa George – Eloquent guitar work, chocolate vocals…

And the treatment of the multi-layered and extraordinarily poignant blues ballad “Please Send Me Someone to Love” was exceptional.

With wonderful interaction between guitars. And rhythms that were always precise and excellently controlled.

A show highlight was Little Feat’sSailin’ Shoes” with its lazy pace, languid guitars and a tropical heat that pervaded every nuance.

Another ‘tropical’ number was the poetic “Moonshadow On Coconut Grove” one of the songs written by Papa George himself (it’s available on his Live At The Ram Jam album Featuring Alan Glen.)

This romantic number described his feeling of kinship with the ever-young ‘Blue Hawaii’ Elvis.

This was yet another beautiful evening at the Staines Riverside Club. With both players in great shape. (It’s nice to see Papa George enjoying himself again.) An incredible night.

Words & Images: @neilmach 2015 ©
Links: http://www.papageorge.co.uk/

Micky Moody - Wonderful interaction between guitars...
Micky Moody – Wonderful interaction between guitars…

Roland Chadwick – Staines Riverside Club

The humble Staines Riverside Club has gradually emerged, quietly yet earnestly, as an interesting and valuable local music venue over the last few years – with regular live music slots – along with plenty of other cultural activities.  As a result of a lot of hard work from some of the music-loving club members , the venue has been able to entice some formidable artistic talent to their tinsel fringed stage in recent months – such as Papa George, Big Jim Sullivan and the Good Old Boys. Last Thursday night the club opened their Thameside doors to welcome in the gifted Australian guitarist and composer Roland Chadwick.  Roland’s career has spanned from the blues to world music and then to pop, and he has been hailed as a ‘guitarist’s guitarist’ by the likes of John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel. He has recorded and worked with the likes of Steve Vai, Barriemore Barlow (Jethro Tull),  Mike Lindup (Level 42) and Alan Glen, (The Yardbirds.) He has also been greatly praised for his work with the English Chamber Orchestra.

Starting off a two-part set with some rootsy blues guitar work, the quixotic and, frankly, Van Dyckesque musician and his resonator guitar seemed comfortably at home in front of the relaxed Staines audience. Technically brilliant, he is also emotionally inspirational and possesses an unerring instinct to tease the sounds out of the twanging strings. The sights, smells and the sensations of the Delta come alive with his sublime use of bottle-neck and picking. But much of his blues derived material has a loftier and even classical guitar ‘edge’ to it, and is played with an observant nod towards the Spanish ancestry of his instrument. His voice is high and sweet, and has a sad quality to it. Sometimes these high notes are extended to falsetto- reminding the listener of bluegrass yodeling.

The more rounded, and probably the most commercially viable piece in this portion of the set, was Chadwick’s own song ‘Valentina’ during which he plays the guitar with such speed and melodic tone that it almost sounds like a mandolin. The tune is heart-achingly beautiful and has an emotional dimension that reminded me of the Led Zeppelin song “Thank You” (off their 1969 album Led Zeppelin II containing the lyric … “Little drops of rain”.)

Other highlights of the performance included an even handed yet thrilling version of  “Come Together” (The Beatles – Bluesman Muddy Waters is mentioned in this song) and an exciting version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” the Delta blues number Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

In the second half Roland Chadwick introduced the audience to Nick Linnick, a young ‘student’ guitarist of his acquaintance. Nick is a prodigious talent in his own right and his youthful and relentlessly high quality guitar-play is delivered at formidable speed. Balanced with an eloquent style, and in terms of talent, it was often hard to separate the master from the apprentice. This  half of the set was dominated by jazz numbers including some standards like “Ain’t No Sunshine” but also included some more demanding improvised work. The guitar duo created seductively mellow colours, often given backdrops of brooding and melancholy chords, and punctuated by vivid fluidity. A lighter moment was a show tune from ‘The Sound of Music’ but the most memorable number was the blues standard “Hoochie Coochie Man” ( written by Willie Dixon and first performed by Muddy Waters in 1954.)  When played by the duelling guitars, this song became a poignant melange of swampy, smoky delta blues laced with enough exhilarating xampany to evoke an exhilarating and dazzling percussive flamenco style. Chadwick’s nimble fingers picked and plucked the strings with astonishing speed – trickier and nippier than a ferret in a trap.

Roland Chadwick is class act and provides a hot evening of fun.  And he got the mojo too!

© Neil_Mach
September 2010



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UK Blues Legend at Staines

Papa George at Staines Riverside Club


One of the musical highpoints of 2008 was the visit to STAINES of the legendary bluesman Papa George- to the Riverside Club.  Over 30 years Papa George has forged a reputation for stunning performances on the blues circuits and at festivals.

Recognised as one of the top blues guitarists and vocalists of our time and described by THE TIMES as “a mean axeman”, he captivates audiences playing Fender Stratocaster, or bottleneck blues-style on Amistar and National Steel guitars, with a passionate vocal style delivered with absolute conviction.

See him THIS WEEK in STAINES for less than a fiver with the sensational STEVE SIMPSON who is a musical legend in his own right!

Steve Simpson was the lead guitarist with ’Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance’ group and general all round multi-intrumentalist taking on the part of fiddle and accordion in addition to his stunning lead guitar roles.





Dutch Pop Exponents – Staines

Gravity is dead - Hob Staines

Jan 25 2009      8:00P STAINES – The Hobgoblin GRAVITY IS DEAD

One of the UK’s most promising new bands are set to explode in 2009 with their refreshing and authentic blend of energetic English rock.

Putting the reality and the power back into the UK’s rock scene is what Gravity Is Dead are all about. They’re ready to explode their way through the crowds of the ‘emo’, ‘screamo’, ‘electronica’ masses and show the world that their blend of original passionate dynamic rock music can stand out at the front.

The time is indeed now for these Surrey teenagers to make it all happen so watch this space Ladies & Gentlemen, and remember where you heard them first!




Dynamic nine-piece Rock and Soul band – Windsor

Average Chalky White Band at Windsor

THE AVERAGE CHALKY WHITE BAND with the ‘Sister of the Bands’

The Average Chalky White Band is a dynamic nine piece rock and soul band with a horn section, playing up-beat songs from artists such as Van Morrison, Zutons, The Stones, Madness, Stereophonics, The Blues Brothers, James Brown, Scissor Sisters, Sam & Dave, Paul Weller and more…………..They feature 4 different lead vocalists, and for the this gig at The Old Ticket Hall they will also have a very special guest vocalist, Sissy Vincent – the very soulful “Sister of the Bands

Cost: £3



Channel 4’s  “SKINS” band – Live in Windsor

Paper Heroes Windsor

Paper Heroes Jan 23 2009      8:00P Firestation  note: 14+     Windsor

Famed for their appearances on Channel 4’s cult show Skins and now signed with the Skins label, Paper Heroes peddle rapid fire rhythms, growling vocals and inventive guitar riffs with songs staying hooked in your brain ready for rapid replay this is Indie-pop-rock at its exciting best.


Fran and Josh’ is the sound wave form of the term one size fits all.

They were recently the first unsigned band to play on the ‘Live Drivetime’ session on ‘XFM Manchester’ where they covered the song “Better off Alone” by Alice Deejay. They have since been invited back to play at Clint Boon’s wife’s Tea Party in November!

This troublesome doublesome of whippersnappers will soon be hitting the screens of MTV on ‘Living on The Edge’.

You will also be able to catch them on MTV’s Brand spanking new music website!

Their latest success has been an interest from 14th Floor Records in London.

Originally their music developed from a love for flamenco, admiring artists such as Paco De Lucia, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Tommy Emmanuel. By studying their fast paced and skillfull guitaring techniques they began to teach themselves from day one.

‘Fran and Josh’ have combined flamenco with true party music. In doing this they continue to cover many genres through the use of an acoustic guitar, for example;
Hip-hop, house music, dance, trance and D’n’B.




Six Piece Miodern Rock Outfit – in Staines

Stars of the Search Party

Jan 25 2009      8:00P STARS OF THE SEARCH PARTY
STAINES – hobgoblin with ‘We Know John Doe’

Stars of the Search Partu are a hard-working  6-piece rock band from Guildford in Surrey. They play music which ties together all your favourite modern genres,
ultimately creating something that can appeal to the majority of music fans out there.


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Feel the Raw Blues with Papa George & Steve Simpson

Papa George at Staines

Papa George & Steve Simpson Thur 24 July 2008 8:30P £3


The Papa George Band has built up a solid reputation in its own right, and their recent CD brought in some fine comments, from both live playing for BBC Radio 2 and also at many gigs… “The first song was an upbeat shuffle, from the new CD, “DOWN AT THE STATION” – the very apt “Man With The Blues”. Papa George is a true picture of the man with the blues, with his pinstriped suit and Strat in hand, bringing in next, the favourite, “Blackjack”. His guitar sound is what a Fender Stratocaster is all about. He made it sing on, “Cleansin’ My Soul”, a new soulful blues number.”

The tools of his trade are Fender Stratocasters, Flying Finn Guitars, an Amistar Reso-phonic Stager (specially commissioned by Resound, UK) and National Reso-phonic steel guitars. Papa George’s solo version of his self-penned “Broken Mirror” (“Being Free…ain’t no crime” PG – Solo CD) was selected for the “Artists in Resonance” CD, which forms part of the National Reso-phonic Guitars 2003/4 catalogue. Two songs (from “DOWN AT THE STATION” PGB) have attracted recognition: “Blues With A Feeling” was used as part of the soundtrack of “World Without Waves”, which won the Milagro Award for Best South-West Film, at the 2004 Santa Fe Film Festival and “Moonshadows On Coconut Grove” was included on a compilation album, “A Place Called Hawaii 3”, which won an Hawaiian Music Award for Best Compilation Album.

If you don’t catch Papa George with Steve Simpson at STAINES Riverside Club this week then check them here:

Fri 27 July TURKS HEAD St Margarets, Twickenham
Sun 29 July CARDINAL WOLSELY The Green, Hampton
Fri 03 August CARDINAL WOLSEY The Green, Hampton



Enjoy the liberty of an exciting Argentinian Tango


Libertango: Barrio de Tango – July 24 2008 at The Electric Theatre, Onslow Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4SZ 8:00P £11

Enjoy the beauty, passion and sensuality of this fantastic dance! The show leads you from the essence of tango to the stylish modern tango revival. Revelling in the beautiful dance art of Argentine Tango, the show combines a touch of history, humour and drama for an entertaining evening with live band and singer. The show takes place in a street in Buenos Aires.

Part of the Guildford Summer Festival Links: Electric Theatre Box Office on 01483 444789


Go ProgRock with Magenta, Kingston


MAGENTA, House Of Progression, The Peel, Kingston , JULY 26 8:00P

When Rob Reed released Revolutions in 2001 under the banner Magenta little did he realise that he had started something that would take on a life of its own. Revolutions was a huge success, and this led to clamourings for a live show, so, in characteristically meticulous fashion, Rob put together a band built around his keyboards and the exceptional voive of Christina Booth.

The band played some prestigious festivals in those early days, including Progeny in London, and Bajaprog in Mexico. 2004 saw all the early promise come to fruition with the released of the acclaimed second album Seven, a live double album and their first foray into the singles market with two well-received EPs, “Broken” and “I’m Alive”, not to mention some remarkable live performances, culminating in The Classic Rock Societies Best Live Band award. 2005 saw the release of The gathering live DVD, a headline appearance at the Rosfest festival in the USA and more yet more awards. The bands reputation continued to increase as an entertaining, dynamic live act, with fans travelling to UK gigs from as far away as Italy, Russia, Hungary, Peru, USA, Canada and New Zealand.

The long awaited third studio album Home was released in 2006 to worldwide acclaim, with live concerts following in Portugal and Holland. In September, the band played in front of it’s largest crowd yet, as 4000 witnessed them support Roger Hodgson in Belgium 2007 saw the band moving forward yet again, signing with Tigermoth Records at the beginning of the year. The single “Speechless”, released in March, made a dent in the UK singles chart, and all the band’s EPs were re-recorded and gathered together as “The Singles” in April.

The band also played live in Barcelona, Spain with IQ at the Tiana Festival and made another trip to the USA, this time at Nearfest in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. After a short break, the band played some highly successful live dates at the end of the year, one of which – at the Point in Cardiff – was taped for a live DVD for release in 2008. 2008 has already seen the band pick up Best band and best Female singer at the Classic Rock Society awards, and with the new album Metamorphosis due in April, the future continues to look very bright for Magenta – the true colour of Progressive Rock.

Band Members:

Rob Reed – keyboards, guitar, bass, vocals. Christina – lead vocals, lyrics. Chris Fry – guitar, vocals. Daniel Fry – bass. Kieran Bailey – drums. Colin Edwards – guitar and keys Steve Reed – lyrics


Genesis, Garbage, Marillion, Massive Attack, Mew, Mike Oldfield, Bjork, Renaissance, It Bites, Pink Floyd, Eurythmics, Yes.

Links: http://www.myspace.com/magentauk


See Seal- at Shepherds Bush Empire THIS MONDAY


Seal- Mon 21 Jul 2008, 19:00 The Shepherds Bush Empire

MON 21-JUL-08 DOORS 19:00

Seventeen years ago, before he became an internationally acclaimed, three-time Grammy-winning pop vocalist and songwriter who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, Seal was a hot property on Britain’s house music/rave scene. He hooked up with legendary producer Trevor Horn and scored two hits, 1990’s “Killer” (with techno artist Adamski) and 1991’s U.S. Top Ten single “Crazy,” from his eponymous debut album — a genre-defying fusion of soul, pop, rock, R&B, and propulsive grooves that announced the arrival of an innovative new talent.

Now the London-born Seal is preparing to release his fifth album, System, due in November from Warner Bros





Folk it up with Kindred Spirit at Shepperton

Kindred Spirit at Shepperton

Kindred Spirit – Jul 26 2008 8.00P Barley Mow, Shepperton

Kindred Spirit are renowned for their stunning takes on some classic tracks and will take your breath away with an incredible version of Bob Dylans, All Along The Watchtower. The stunning nature of the treatment of these tracks is due to the hauntingly beautiful and deeply emotional voice of Elaine enhanced by the extraordinary flute playing of Annie Parker in combination with the phenomenal violin playing of Gavin or Sim Jones.

Another very special feature of the Kindred Spirit band is the musical interplay between lead instrumentalists Gavin or Sim and Annie. Not only do they produce beautiful solos and foot stomping jigs and reels but they are superb at on the spot improvisations and fly into thrilling musical duels live on stage. This is a chance for you to experience & enjoy our favourite local folk band.

Links: http://www.myspace.com/kindredspiritukband

Also, see them at:

Sep 27 2008 8:30P The Barley Mow, Shepperton
Sep 27 2008 8:30P The Wheelwrights Arms, Reading


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The Beck Theatre Grange Road Hayes Middlesex UB3 2UE

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