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Red Eyed Fly - 3rd March 2007 by Dave Leek

Quirky; Eccentric; Unpredictable; Mad; you could describe this month’s band in many ways but Red Eyed Fly could be summed up in one word – Fun!

As soon as they opened with “The Stutter” the crowd knew that they were in for a good night. Playing numbers such as “All Over Now” and “Montgomery Man” encouraged many of the crowd to start the dancing early in the evening – the provision of two barrels of |Bread of Heaven may have added to the enthusiasm!

Mike Bird, guitar and vocals, was an excellent front man, lending his admirable vocals and individual approach to many rock and blues oriented numbers. Richard Easton on lead and slide guitar was an able vocal accomplice, especially during the Freddy King number, “Tore Down”. One BBC member (who won’t be named) even compared his guitar playing to that of BB King – a compliment indeed! Rob “Floss” Davies on bass guitar and Carl Harvey on drums and percussion completed the band.

Having opened their second set with their own number “I Wish You’d Run for Your Life”, they continued the madcap theme of the night with more blues numbers, a highlight of which was the funk inspired “Steal my Kisses”. Finding themselves unable to compete with the allure of a lunar eclipse, they decided to take a short break and join the other mad and very cold blues fans outside the club.

Having ended their second set with “Stop Breaking Down” the BBC crowd weren’t ready to let them go and insisted on an encore of “Big Ten Inch” and an excellent rocking version of Johnny B Goode.

Having spoken to Mike Bird, I know that the band loved performing at the BBC – they were amazed and pleased by the response of the crowd and found it a pleasure to play to true blues fans

Of the many excellent bands who have performed at the club, “Red Eyed Fly” have to be one of the most entertaining and fun – I’m sure I speak for many of the BBC crowd when I say come back soon guys – you were great!



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