Gig - Smokestack

Smokestack, a three-piece band hailing from Brighton, arrive at the Lamb this weekend highly recommended. Gary Moore, no less, is a dedicated fan, who has spoken about their ‘great authentic blues.’ The band have recently released their widely acclaimed third album, featuring the sizable talents of lead singer, guitarist and harmonica player Phil Mills, acoustic and electric bass player Roger Ferris, and drummer and percussionist Ali van Ryne. Described as having a ‘unique and eclectic’ approach to their fusion of jazz, Latin grooves, and ‘sophisticated’ slide guitar, the band have received radio air play on BBC2, Jazz FM and various stations across the US.
I caught up with bass player Roger on the phone to ask what Viva Lewes readers should expect, and to find out a bit more about their connection with Gary Moore. “We’ll be showcasing a selection of songs from their latest release in two 45-minute sets,” he says, “and also playing some traditional and recognisable classic blues covers.” And what’s this about Moore? “He heard some of singer Phil’s solo work, and was so impressed he informed himself of the whereabouts of the next Smokestack gig.” Much to the band’s astonishment, as well as the surprise of other pub-goers at the Neptune in Hove, Gary turned up to watch, apparently turning the heads of “even the younger kids at the bar, who instantly recognised him”. Testament to Moore’s legend certainly, but also to Smokestack’s aptitude for playing genuine and brilliant blues. RL

Phil Mills will be singing the blues at the Lamb

The Lamb
When? 8pm
How Much? Free

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