Lover Please-ing. Cambridgeshire’s most rockin’ club, is, according to the poster, in Burwell. Your host is the venerable, Stephen ‘Boppo’ Dawson, the ubiquitous barber of afore mentioned conurbation of Burwell. The venue, the social club, proud in the searing summer heat and cooling from the aircon inside. Talent on stage for the night were the Truly Lover Trio, with Rockin Roland on sounds over from Norfolk’s Starfighter club, providing a blend of today’s best artists on record and the classics of yesteryear.
Given that the Shakedown and various club nights plus the glorious weather were on at the same time as this gig, it was pleasing to observe a healthy headcount for the evening. Fellow scribe, Marcel Riesco rolled into town from Italy, and was joined by John Cavanagh on bass with drumming duties by the omnipresent Gary Agar. Slinging his familiar black onyx guitar, the pace was set by a version of Chuck Berry’s ’64 cut ‘Promised Land’. Hot on the heels, Tommy Lams’ ‘Speed Limit’, a frantic and well delivered take.
Those that have heard Marcel will be aware of his uncanny Roy Orbison vocal style and sound, which was eerily accurate in ‘Rockhouse’. No need for crass sunglasses, just pure vocal quality. Of their own material, I always single out ‘In The Dream’ as one of the best. So good to hear this one too, sounding every bit like the recorded version. Charismatic Marcel, is always up for a bit of chatter with the audience, and lets face it, he’s over here a lot, so many of the audience know him anyway.
‘Do The Bop’, that’s another original song (not to be confused with any other song of that name) that flags itself up for recognition, and one of the Trio’s best covers, that of the Vibes ‘Pretty Baby’, closed out the first set perfectly.
The second set picked up where the first left off, with a fine combination of styles and tempos. ‘Thinking of You’, the Big ‘O’s ‘You’re My Baby’ and Charlie Rich’s ‘Break Up’ were pacey rockers, offset by Buddy’s ‘Ting-a-Ling’, before ‘Mean Little Mama’ picked it up again. Here’s another threesome to give you a taste of the variation ‘You Don’t Love Me’, ‘Kissin’ and a Huggin’ and ‘Go Go Go’. Super stuff.
A really good summer night out in Burwell, at a club run by Boppo and his wife Kathy, that is one that should be on your visit bucket list for the future.
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