Tin Pan Alley - 1st October 2005
Tin Pan Alley was the main attraction at the October 2005 session . Here's a review from the club's "One Note" newsletter.
Tin Pan Alley played powerful blues all night at the Borough Blues Club. Shame their keyboard player couldn't make it but the band stayed strong and held it together with a tightness and intensity rarely heard.
Starting at the back with one of the biggest drum kits ever seen at a blues gig was Steve Byrne, solid all night with the necessary blues subtleties when required, culminating with a Led Zeppelin Moby Dick-esque drum solo!!!
Nick Broughton on bass provided the other half of the rhythm section who came into his own on the funkier numbers and added vocals throughout their performance, and finally, Mark Coombes on lead guitar and vocals.
This guy played his heart out (and must have worn the soles of his shoes out too!).
Playing without the support of the keyboard player did not worry this guy... truly outstanding. It was all there, blistering solos, great chord work and vocals to boot!
The numbers performed ranged from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker to Albert King and a smattering of self penned songs added to the mix.
Blues with a feeling - what a great number!!
All-in-all a fantastic night for the audience, and the band seemed to enjoy themselves as much as the crowd - this is always a good sign that things are going well.
After the gig, the response from the members about Tin Pan Alley was very positive, and as a result we hope to have them back at the club again some time next year.