Newcastle Cluny - 9th Oct 2023
Monday night at The Cluny, and there was a distinct Irish flavour in the air, and I don't mean Bushmills; Dom Martin swung back through town on the way back from the Carlisle Blues fest, and he brought along fellow Irishmen Delta Fuse as support. What a great combination.
First on to Delta Fuse, a boisterous young 3-peice band, I think formed around singer/guitarist Jack McHale, who took the stage running. For a first time in 'Toon, they promised little but delivered a hell of a lot. The tracks were bouncy, crunchy and had that certain Celtic undertone that had the feet tapping and head nodding. well, when you describe yourselves as "a Cut-Throat, Brothel Blues Rock band from Ireland: their original music is soaked in Soul and 60's Blues Psychedelia", you leave nothing to chance I guess. They certainly looked like they were having great fun on stage, as the Geordie crowd were off, and Jack engaged with the crowd like he'd known them for years. Nothing ground-breaking for sure, but a very good new band that I hope to be seeing more of in the future.
Delta Fuse - Bloodhound - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD1YmkeLLyc
And after a relatively short break, Dom Martin took the stage and what followed was just pure class. For the major part of the show, Dom played the new album, Buried In The Hail in it's entirety; starting with the ethereal intro Hello In There and bookending with the closing instrumental Laid To Rest. The rest of the tracks, came in album order, with notes and craic from Dom as the mood and style build from the folky instrumental through the more Bluegrass/Delta and through powerful but intense Blues. Belfast Blues has the spectre of Rory Gallagher in it's DNA, but as Dom explained, the album is more him being him, not what labels expect, so it was a surprise to hear the Willie nelson penned Crazy done more in the style of Tom Waits than Patsy Cline.
Belfast Blues - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7HR6biJYJk
As I said, this main set swung in styles, but throughout, there was an undoubted intensity that made it all the more compelling. eschewing the pre-encore walk-off/walk-on, Dom and the band followed by a quick breather before launching into an extended Messin' With The Kid, extended via a Zeppelin riff, or two, to about 20 minutes of hair-flailing, string shredding ecstasy.
One of those nights that had an either/or decision, with Hamilton Loomis just up the road at Ashington; either choice would have been a good one, but now that the dust has settled, you don't get to see many shows as raw & passionate as this.
PS - notes on Dom's Buried In The Hail album as well as 2 releases from Delta Fuse to follow.
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Give back the lemons. Why were the lemons free? What's wrong with the lemons?
Do Not trust the lemons...