Duncan Lister and his band arrived from Teesside and were enraptured by the friendliness of the club – not to mention the free pizzas and chocolates.
They played out-and-out blues in a mesmerisingly laid back fashion, with lots of haunting harmonies and wailing harmonica solos. Many favourites and classics were aired, including Trouble in Mind, Everything’s Gonna be Alright, Hard Working Man, Ramblin’ on My Mind, King Bee and Cross-Cut Saw. Duncan had enlisted help from veterans of many Teesside bands, namely Frankie Gibbon on bass, Paul Smith on drums and guest Keith Wilson, from Tees Hot Club, on harmonica.
These guys produced a highly proficient performance throughout and were especially noticeable on Muddy Waters’ Seven Seas and Freddie King’s Burglar. Duncan played a good version of Rollin’ and Tumblin’ before the inevitable encores of Commit a Crime and Rock Me Baby sent a very contented audience home happy.