Wylam Brewery; Newcastle 25-10 -2022
So, thought it was about time I had a look along to what I regard as my "garden shed" for a gig, since I can see it from my kitchen window. Originally slated for my birthday back in February, I wasn't going to be daunted by a slight re-arrangement; I've waited for a while to catch Samantha Fish, and having Wille & the Bandits as support, well it made it a no-brainer.
Samantha, suffice to say she's been on my "bucket list" for a while, Covid and prior schedule clashes notwithstanding, and I'm happy to report she didn't disappoint. The Madonna-esque "Blonde Ambition" looks were merely a distraction, this girl knows how to Rock'n'Roll and swings one of the dirty/nastiest SCs I've heard in a good while. And there's Blues credentials, starting and ending with some tasty cigar-box slide and a fine slice of old-school acoustic Blues. This Kansas lass reads her audience well, and feeds of them with aplomb. If there was a "down", somewhere toward the end of the main set, something happened in the bass mix and there was too much reverb from the bass.
I'm about 5 albums behind Samantha, so I can see me addressing that problem before too long, but I think the most part of the set was: -
Bulletproof (Tangle Eye Mix)
Better Be Lonely
Highway's Holding Me Now
Don't Let It Bring You Down (Neil Young cover)
#@$@# on the Run
Black Wind Howlin'
Side note; first time at this venue and very impressed, the main room is octagonal and under a high dome: no seating aside from a couple of tables to the side of the stage and a few strategic barrels to rest your pints on. There are 2 bars at the back of the show room with a spacious, lounge bar on entry to the building. Capacity, easy 500 standing.
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana...