Monday, February 13, 2006

Barrence Whitfield and the Hemsby House Band were on fine form last night at the Water Rats in London. Barrence dusted-off several tunes from his early platters - Big Mamou; Juicy Fruit; Stop Twisting My Arm - while the Hemsby House band kicked-up a storm every bit as potent as the Savages (#1 or #2). Tickets for the show were a bit on the steep side, fifteen quid to see a band in the back room of a pub, but towards the end mind and body started to go their separate ways as the mesmerising force of the music took hold. Money well spent as plainly the there is at least one black man who can still sing the rhythm and blues. Mr Whitfield returns to Europe in May so make plans to reinforce your windows now.