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The Lewis Hamilton Band – The Caves – Edinburgh

The Lewis Hamilton Band6th December 2015The Caves, Edinburgh.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

Few people enjoy every day at the office; less are able to say they love their job and fewer do it well – The Lewis Hamilton Band talk the talk and walk the walk. Touring Europe as working musicians, with their sights firmly set on the States – award-winning singer songwriter Lewis, drummer Ben and bassist Nick supported Aynsley Lister and his band at The Caves in Edinburgh this month bringing their rocking brand of Blues back to the Capital.
Arriving to the venue, Lewis was already onstage commanding attention seconds into a hair-raising rendition of “All Along The Watchtower“.
For a man with four studio albums under his belt an appropriation of such a timeless classic is entirely unnecessary but shows both his love for musical heritage and a refereshing self effacing attitude.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

With nothing to prove, his deft mastery of the Dylan number alayed any doubts of his incredible pool of talent as a player and a grave singer.
Dynamic range is quite often forgotten by performers amid the adrenaline of a stage show – not so with Lewis and company who (several times) took the room from an absolute thunder to a pin-drop silence, stepping off the gas and stepping back from the mikes utilising the inherent reverb in the arched exposed stone. Fully engaging everyone in the room simultaneously by laying down a crescendo of tsunami size proportions before wrong footing the crowd with a four to the floor kick which bolstered several rapid medleys and unassailable “stand-up-and-take-notice” solos, reminiscent of Rory Gallagher and his band.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

To say this band are tight is a gross understatement. Walking basslines, rockhard grooves and funky licks from the adept rhythm section provided the crowd with something tangible to hold onto as Lewis vocally rode his thourghbred riffs away, punctuating each line with verve, running the fretboard with his eyes tightly closed. “Down to the river” and other self-penned titles go down to applause and with each passing song cementing the bands capabilities and affirming their peer status to the elite rhythm and blues realm. I surely was not the only one in the room who became one of their newest fans.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

Cat and I caught up with Lewis during the intermission. We talk of homes, holidays and life on the road, hair-care routines, work and the legendary delta bluesmen. When asked why he sings the blues his reply was “I guess it is because it feels so natural… It seems like the right thing to do.”
Lewis tells me he grew up listening to Led Zeppelin, with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant influencing him in his formative years; bands like The Red Hot Chili Peppers holding his interest as a teenager – we briefly discuss the Chili’s “One Hot Minute” album then unfortunately it’s time and to pack up and go as the band have at least a hundred miles to drive that evening. I congratulate him on a fantastic show and complement him on his great range and ask if he has any forthcoming material we should look out for, I’m told we should expect the five track “Cellar Door EP” anytime soon which will be available from all major download sites on Lewis Hamilton Music – a move away from their regular Clapton-esqe driven electric sound to a fully acoustic offering from this humble and versatile outfit.

The Lewis Hamilton Band - Photo by Cat

The Lewis Hamilton Band – Photo by Cat

For upcoming gig dates visit: The Lewis Hamilton Band at Facebook, to listen to and buy the music visit the website.

Andy.

David Ford – The One Man Full Band Show

David Ford “The One Man Full Band Show” 7th/May/2015 at The Caves, Edinburgh. Brought by Fake Frown Acoustic Sessions.

Performing as a solo artist for around ten years, Eastbourne’s multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter David Ford returned to one of my favourite Edinburgh venues for one night only, I didn’t make it last year when he and Jarrod Dickenson were in town, smugly I have now corrected both wrongs. We arrived to neat rows of occupied golden seats, positioned centre stage between two pretty elaborate gothic candelabras and surrounded by a feast of instruments stood proudly the man himself David Ford.

Photo by Andy

Photo by Andy

Like ourselves many of the audience had probably cast their votes for the general election on the way, naturally this fearless and pretty funny Englishman charmed his mostly Scottish audience from the get-go, unusually I wasn’t the oldest person in the room nor was Stephen the youngest either, attracting such a diverse crowd is a testament to his appeal, some had travelled across from Glasgow for this show. With banter established quickly, David interacted and worked his way through the first half, occasionally swigging his beer telling us little stories some relevant and supported swiftly by song and others purely just for a chat and carry-on.

Photo by Andy

Photo by Andy

From the simple, raw and emotional “I Don’t Care What You Call Me”, I was pulled right in. I now had fallen under the spell of this ridiculously talented musician. Remembering the riots and singing of austerity, gradually this musical illusionist introduced the pedal allowing more instruments into his songs. Building and layering as he went along, creating a full band sound seamlessly and never appearing to feel the pressure of so much going on at once. Mind-blowingly starting with acoustic guitar and using his pedal, introducing piano and now with 3 guitars on the go. Even from the back of the room I saw the veins in his neck bulge, his voice had a strong gravel like quality and a vocal velocity like that of Bruce Springsteen at times. “Don’t Tell Me” erupted with electric guitar and these caves were completely on fire. Another favourite “One Of These Days”, “Let It Burn” and “O’Sullivans Bar” wrapped up the first half perfectly.

Photo by Andy

Photo by Andy

“Panic” performed live is going to be a tricky one to attempt to even describe, its my favourite of all David’s songs and has featured on many of my playlists. Although a seated event(we were standing) Stephen, Andy and I were spoilt with a perfectly uninterupted view of the stage. Winding his wooden ‘music box’ and creating a playful if not perhaps a tad sinister melody, the pedal gets to work as the piano is included, another beat added by tapping, guitar and lyrically stacked vocal. Slapping out flat chimes, David Ford incredibly continued to find more levels to raise this epic track, again with 3 guitars on the go, drums, tambourine. At times managing lengthy monologues this outrageous vocal seemed possible without ever breathing, this I wouldn’t believe possible had I not witnessed firsthand, every hair on my body was standing on end and I was experiencing nothing short of a rush(what ever that is), resulting in me needing peeled off the wall.

Photo by Andy

Photo by Andy

Other instruments featured include a harmonica and maraccias or a shaker of some description. The crowd were proper going for it throughout the second half, he seemed to sing everyones personal favourites, covering topics including matters of the heart, the music industry and the general condition of the world. In various styles and via songs such as “Throwaway”, “Medicine Show”, “Waiting For The Storm”, “State Of The Union”, “To Hell With The World” and “Every Time” finishing with “Cheer Up, Ya Miserable Fuck” where somehow the instruments all seemed to say goodnight one by one, I know that sounds odd but you kinda had to be there. Seeing talent of this caliber perform doesn’t happen often, a man so humble yet confident in his own genius he isn’t even intimidating, he doesn’t need to be. Remaining undiluted, protecting and staying true to what he believes David Ford is a respected artist whose success isn’t measured from a ‘Smash Hits Poll’ or whatever the current equivalent may be, for him its doing exactly what he’s doing and nailing it nightly.

Joe.

Get information on Tour Dates and tickets, the latest news, music, videos, social media and store, visit the Davis Ford website.