Steve Nimmo and Robin Trower

 

Last night I went to a concert involving Robin Trower and support act Steve Nimmo at the Concorde 2 venue in Brighton,this really is a nice venue to see artists of their size.Both trios Steve Nimmo kicked off with a short set including ‘Bad day for the blues’ and ‘Running on back to you’ they certainly impressed me and my neighbour Steve who was with me.Steve Nimmo has played in the past with his brother Alan in the Nimmo Brothers Band,Alan is also singer and guitarist with the band King King who we saw earlier this year at the Shoreham Ropetackle another good venue! King King have won various music awards including one from The British Blues Awards.Both Alan and Steve Nimmo are good Guitarists and singers and draw the best from the musicians with them.The Nimmos are originally from Glasgow so their Rock/Blues music pulls no punches,it is in your face immediately.                                                                                                                                                               Now on to Robin Trower who I have been aware of since the early sixties when he was a member of The Paramounts .I remember seeing them on Ready Steady Go! doing their version of the Coasters hit ‘Poison Ivy’ which dozens of groups at that time had in their repetoire,the Paramounts did’nt last long and Robin emerged with Gary Brooker also from the Paramounts to form Procul Harum,they as we know had several hits including” Whiter shade of pale”and ‘Homburg’ amongst them.later on in the sixties Procul Harum faded and Robin eventually went solo with other musicians,the album Bridge of Sighs appeared in the early 70s,it is still popular today,in fact I thought the lady behind us last night was going to wet herself when he started playing it mid set.Robins playing is obviously influenced by Hendrix,(who’s isn’t) but he has his own distinctions.Watching and listening to him playing last night made me think of people who have said in the past that his music can come across as self indulgent long guitar solos ,well last night he didn’t play on his own at all,Drums and bass were with him all the time,every person in that venue soaked up every sustained ,over driven note including me and neighbour Steve.In the bar afterwards we met an old friend of Steve ,he talked to me how he thought Robin’s playing was so subtle all the way through ,he was right!                                                                                                       Interestingly the next day I called in HMV in Eastbourne and I could not find one Robin Trower CD anywhere! a criminal act indeed.

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