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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


5 Things – This Week in Staines


Pop / Folk in Staines

David Gibb at Staines

David Gibb
Apr 19 2009

Off the back of an astonishing Rockgoblin festival Summer 2008, Buckle David Gibb – (Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Harmonica, Vocals) plays his invigorating and enjoyable folk songs along with a cheeky threesome including Julian Butt – Accordion, Piano; Elly Lucas – Violin and Ben Dew – Percussion.



Buckle Up Staines



6 Piece Classic Soul & Funk Live at Ascot

Raging Horns - Jagz Ascot

Raging Horns
Apr 18 2009

The Raging Horns (oooh matron!) is a  fantastic six-piece horn section, four great singers and a magnificent rhythm section, playing classic soul, funk and pop covers with a raw energy guaranteed to get everyone up on their feet. For over a decade, The Raging Horns have brought the house down at weddings, parties, special events and corporate functions right across the UK. The band’s mix of enthusiasm, youth and professionalism continues to leave audiences pounding their feet and screaming for more.

Here is their Funk Manifesto:

What We Do
It’s simple – we entertain, and we’re very, very good at it.
There’s really nothing quite like having brilliant musicians on stage playing songs you somehow know every single word to and we do this with an energy and style that’ll leave you breathless.

Because we love doing it. For us, nothing matches the excitement of having an audience in the palm of our hands – the sheer thrill of performing live is what we enjoy and what we’re all about.

Who We Are
We’ve been performing right across the UK for over a decade and having started young, have established a unique mix of youth and experience.
Great musical skill combined with varied backgrounds in professional careers leave us with all the right tools to deliver an evening to remember.

What We Play
Classic soul, funk and pop are what we love and that’s what we play. From Tom Jones to Robbie Williams, there’s genuinely something for everyone.

Upcoming shows

Saturday, 18th April  JAGZ ASCOT
Show will start at 8.45
Ticket cost: £8.00
Doors open from 7.30pm. £26 for 2 courses and entrance (£30 for 3 courses). Entrance for the bands is £8 but is strictly limited and on a first come first served basis. Entrance for dining or just the band INCLUDES free entrance to the nightclub




Exciting Classic Rock – Live in Hampton

Brainchild at Royal Oak Hampton

Apr 17 2009
Royal Oak

THE BRAINCHILD have just completed & Mastered their outstanding Debut album ‘Conversational Tennis’, produced by the brilliant Martin Smith (Electric Light Orchestra), Which will soon be previewed to National Radio and TV prior to its
release early in April 09. The Brainchild�s ecstatic reception @ The Cornbury Music Festival this year (Beverley Knight, Toots & The Matals, Paul Simon) has led to an invitation for them to return on the main stage next year. The Festival Director said they were one of the best bands he had seen for many years with disparate elements akin to the Small Faces, Tom Petty & The Blockheads  but overall totally original.

The Hairy Bikers, Si King & Dave Meyers have asked them to headline some special dates in the new year and hope to use them as their surprise �house band� on some of their forthcoming new TV series in 2009.




Outstanding Vocals & Guitar –  East Molesey

Ian Hunt The Poyntz, East Molesey: Duo with Dean Barnes

Ian Hunt
Apr 17 2009
The Poyntz
E Molesey

IAN HUNT has long been regarded as one of the finest male rock vocalists in the UK. His vocal and guitar style are much in demand from the large advertising corporations such as Nescafe, Rover, Bounty, Rock Circus, National Express, Suchard, American Express, Cadbury’s and numerous others. Ian currently divides his musical works between live gigs in and around London and hosting a guitar class and a Jam Night/Open Night. He has released two CD albums, the most recent in 2007. CD’s are available at Gigs.

On Friday 17th April he is playing The Poyntz, East Molesey: Duo with Dean Barnes




Fine R&B –   in Godalming

Pete G_The_Magnitones at SCRATCHERS (THE THREE LIONS),Meadrow, Farncombe, Godalming,

Pete G and The Magnitones
Apr 19 2009
The Scratchers

Pete G And The Magnitones have gained recognition as one of the very finest R’n’

B bands currently playing the Southern UK blues scene.  Catch ’em live nearby at The Scratchers, (Three Lions) Godalming…

Apr 19 2009      9:00P
At The SCRATCHERS (THE THREE LIONS), Meadrow, Farncombe, Godalming,



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