Edinburgh Blues Club : Inaugural Blues Cruise

24th June 2017

The Firth of Forth

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Setting off from the charming village of South Queensferry, this Blues cruise, hosted by the Edinburgh Blues Club had it all!  Fantastic views of the bridges and surrounding sights of the Firth of Forth, a spectacular sunset and great blues bands to get into the groove!  First up was ‘Smitten’ with Nicole Smit on vocals and Charlie Wild on Bass.  I was blown away by her great blues voice, she performed several of her own songs as well as some blues numbers.  Her mellow smoky blues was a perfect start to the night.

Next up was Jed Potts and the Hillman Hunters, with Charlie Wild again on Bass and Jonny Christie on Drums.  Jed Potts oozed retro American cool as they performed 50’s and 60’s American blues influenced by some of the blues greats Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and B B King, I was in blues heaven!  The pace picked up with the addition of rock n roll on guitar, the dance floor was filling up with the lively and energetic trio’s music.

Last to grace the deck of the Southern Belle was the Glasgow based Fraser John Lindsay Blues Incentive with Charlotte Marshall on vocals.  A fan of all things New Orleans, Charlotte’s fabulous vocals, charisma and wit kept the audience asking for more as they rolled out tune after tune.  In keeping with the age old blues tradition of call and response, she engaged with the audience with hits such as gloria and mojo risin.  She was superbly backed up by Fraser John Lindsay on guitar, Gordon Dickson on sax and Kenny Robertson on Drums.

As the sun set shone through the bridges and the boat headed for shore the musicians got together for a few more numbers as night fell and we approached the twinkling lights of Queensferry.  It was a fabulous evening which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, I couldn’t keep away from the dance floor! Well done to the Edinburgh Blues Club for hosting such a great event.  Membership is £10 per month with at least 1 gig per month.  They are a non-profit organisation, and their charity partner is Rowan Alba, a charity working with the homeless in Edinburgh.  Their next show is the Edinburgh Blues and Rock Festival on the 29th July (2017), don’t miss out!

Reviewer : Sophie Younger

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