The Early Mac Band, BJ’s Rock in the Blues Club, The Minstrel in Eaves Green
As the name implies the roots of this band are in the classic music of Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, much of which was performed to perfection.
From the Leeds area, they are Luke Smithson on vocals and guitar, Joel Dowson on guitar, Ol Jessop on bass with Peter Tallent on drums and vocals.
The band began the set with a tribute to the original Fleetwood Mac.
They played the most haunting version of Albatross I have heard, which was well appreciated by the audience.
With If You Be My Baby, a slow powerful 12 bar blues, the two guitarist complemented each other brilliantly. A touch of Garry Moore completed the first, well put together set.
The second set brought us foot tapping 12 bar standard blues with Peter Green’s Stop Messing Around, then on to a classic Hendrix number Little Wing, to which the guys did real justice.
Performing in their own style, the band played the classic Robert Johnson number Crossroads, which led on to another Hendrix classic of Hey Joe.
Returning to the Fleetwood Mac flavour with a great take of Oh Well and one of my favourite tracks ever, Need Your Love So Bad, followed by Black Magic Woman, superb!
The final numbers, It’s All Over Now and a stomping version of Johnny Be Good, got the dancers up. A great end to an enjoyable evening.