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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 55 | volume X | July-August, 2007



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 55July-August, 2007
Sound Reviews

Skopje Blues & Soul Festival 2007


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Vasja Ivanovski

Many of blues fans and music lovers in general agree that this year’s festival was one of the best so far and proving once again Festival is Skopje is undoubtedly the best in this part of Europe. Two days of great music and fabulous atmosphere left the audience grasping for more and more it will be, but only the next July, unfortunately! Anyway, all artists did their best and it was their stylish variety that hit immensely, they came from USA and Europe and gave us a glimpse of contemporary world blues agenda. Everybody had a great time, weather was cool, beer cold enough, artists inspired to do what was expected and all in attendance, around two thousand of them, enjoyed every minute of the proceedings. We could only wish it would last longer and we hope that would happen in the near future.

    The excellent “The Nimmo Brothers” from UK, Glasgow to be precise, debuted in this part of Europe with a blistering set of original and some great cover material and showed why the band is one of the best on British blues scene at the moment. Led by two guitar playing brothers Alan and Stevie, the band simply tore the place down and that was only the beginning! Backed by an excellent rhythm section, two brothers traded licks and solos like possessed, these guys really cook, their guitar playing is nothing short of brilliant and everybody present could not resist tapping their feet and waving hands to the band’s material which covered a lot of bases. Strong original material is rooted in blues tradition with enough rock elements to keep every blues and rock fan happy throughout the set, covers included some classic stuff with Otis Rush’s “So Many Roads” being the best to these ears. Band also performed a few tracks from their new album “Picking Up the Pieces” which indicated slight turn to mainstream rock vocabulary which is always radio friendly, but not always in peace with blues traditionalists. In any case, “The Nimmo Brothers” blues rocked the festival stage and earned well deserved encore which had everybody dancing in the aisles and presented perfect beginning of the festival.

    Topping the bill was Sherman Robertson who did a great set of originals and covers that appeared on his last album “Guitar Man” plus a variety of tracks which showed why he is one of the best bluesmen

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