Topic: Buck & Evans
About time these had a thread of their own methinks....
Aug 19th - Cluny2 Newcastle-upon-Tyne
“Darlings” of (what maybe the now defunct) Blues magazine, it kind of makes you wary of hype, but the tasters on the CDs and the YouTube clips, don’t just peak the curiosity, they make Chris Buck & Sally-Ann Evans a “must see”, and Friday night saw their first visit to Newcastle and The Cluny; and what a debut show.
Getting things moving (after a 10hr drive) were Swansea’s BigFeat, a 5 piece with strong Southern Rock influences, without sounding dated. Really got the crowd behind them, and the evening to a great start, despite the travel delay. Given a longer set, I think Big Feat alone would have been worth the £8 entry ticket, and hope they’ll be back soon.
The night though belonged to Chris & Sally-Ann who received a great roar as they took to the cramped Cluny2 stage, and from the get-go, they showed why they’re deserving of such high acclaim. Whatever serendipity or whoever convinced them to join forces; ( Chris previously showed his talents with “The LongHorns” on the Postcards from Capricorn album) for a one-off show, may his bathroom be forever free of tigers, as Chris & Sally-Ann just blend so seamlessly together; their both outstanding musicians in their own right, but have great on-stage reading and respect for each other, giving each other the space to shine while coaxing each other to reach that little bit higher.. This is best shown on the Otis Redding cover Dreams To Remember. Slow Train was the song that the well attended house was waiting for, and the guys didn’t disappoint, Chris was like a caged animal on stage, being so cramped, his guitar lead kept snagging the headstock of his spares, or was that those incredible dreadlocks? Whatever, he showed almost contemptuous ease at throwing out blazing riffs, but the solos were delicious slices of texture, range and scope, reminiscent of guys like Steve Morse; Sally-Ann has the passion and soul of Ann Wilson; this is fused with an almighty backline of (some-time AC/DC) drummer Bob Richards and bassist Dominic Hill and the end result is my new favourite band.
Some really great songs just flew by over the set, Run Cold, and epic Screaming Ain’t No Moonlight, Going Home, Impossible, they just threw one storming performance after another at The Cluny. They may have edged their bets, Cluny2 and pricing low, but it was a solid house worthy of the main room, and next time round, that room will be packed tighter than Tom Daley’s trunks.
What we want now, is a full album and a worthy UK tour…...
Touch of Chris in action.... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ent3BkZ4a4