The Acre, Windsor [Pub]
Great gig last night. The place was rocking. Not just Tina Turner covers but many other favourites. I’ve never seen so many people dancing and having fun.Bunny, Sunday 8 March 2020
Me and the boys would like to send out a great big thank you to everyone who showed up this evening to support our band T.Roze & Co.’s first time appearance at The Acre in Windsor. ? We’d also like to send out a great big thank you to our new temp guitarist Mark Porch... Bro. You were totally awesome! We’d also like to thank the bar staff. The Acre is a fantastic live music venue. ? Fabtastic atmosphere and lovers of live music. We Look forward to our next gig there. ?Sunday 10 March 2019
Came for a night out in Windsor (where I grew up) and glad I did. These guys ROCK. Took me back to my headbanging days of the 1980's. All the classics included.Monday 19 November 2018
Glad you had a great time! Thanks for the review, and hope to see you again.
A sold out New Year's Eve party night at the cosy and convivial Acre as the full six piece version of The Skin & Blister Band delivered the perfect evening's entertainment in a three set performance of rock, country and blues covers.
The former Liberal Club pulled out all the stops, augmenting its comfortable seating with a friendly welcome and a sumptuous free buffet. Reward came in the way of a crowd delighted to dance to and interact with the band's music and playful banter.
The immediate focal point of Skin & Blister is the attractive stage presence of gorgeous and stylish sisters Avril Appleyard and Rosie Scott. They quickly drew the listeners' attention tonight with their warm, velvety voices and lush harmonies. It is Avril who takes the lead for the opening songs, "Bad Moon Rising", "The Spider And The Fly" and "Before You Accuse Me", with Rosie joining her effectively for part-verses and choruses. A similar pattern is followed on "Cocaine" which also features the first of Aussie lead guitarist Ian Gudgeon's clean and precise solos, a strong complimentary element of the band. Ian is ably supported throughout the gig by Avril's husband Mark on rhythm guitar and trademark hat!
"Proud Mary" is the first number entirely sung in harmony and is soon pursued by a stirring seven minute version of "You Can't Always Get What You Want", one of S&B's best translations, including two fine guitar solos. It's on such opuses that bassist Steve Sculpher and drummer Carl Sampson (also Paradise 9) enjoy extended rein and come into their own. Steve is a great exponent of slap style and Carl provides driving energy. Rosie takes the lead vocal for the songs "Mercy" and "Times Like These" which sandwich the all harmony "Dead Flowers" as folk fill their plates with cold meats, potato salad and sausage rolls! On "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Knocking On Heaven's Door" verses are alternated.
Skin & Blister's Americana really kicks in with a couple of Eagles songs highlighted by "Peaceful Easy Feeling" where Avril's laid back lead sets up Ian's relaxed solo. Then we are transported gracefully from "California Dreaming" to "Sweet Home Alabama" via "Jolene"'s before a stretch of blues in "Folsom Prison Blues" and onto the "Cotton Fields" beyond! This selection is largely sung in harmony with Ian's versatile fretwork freewheeling us across the states. The first set is completed with Rosie giving it her all as" Johnny Got A Boom Boom."
A shorter second set, approaching midnight and Big Ben, sees the Acre rocking out to the likes of "Wagon Wheel", "Whisky In The Jar", "Hotel California", "Susie Q" and "Tainted Love." More fine playing by Ian, and super vocal phrasing, recreates the originals beautifully before the chimes, many handshakes and much kissing as performers and audience mesh on stage and off into one big happy party.
But The Skin & Blister Band is not finished yet, returning to wow the jivers until it's almost 1am with several lively favourites. Avril dons her top hat leading "Get It On" which features a drum solo by Carl. The sisters harmonise for "Honky Tonk Woman" and "Brown Sugar". "Sharp Dressed Man" gives way to two encores "Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller" and, finally, "Jumpin' Jack Flash". At the finish it's hard to distinguish where the band ends and the revellers begin as all dissolve into a wild and crazy tambourine toting Potpourri. A great start to 2014!
Chris DowlingFriday 3 January 2014
Blimey! What a fabulous review Chris Dowling. You really have a way with words. It was an amazing night and so pleased you could be there with us!
Just a short note to thank you for a great night. As always you managed to fill the house with lots of local people who like good music when they hear it! Looking forward to seeing you again on 3rd May.
MelTuesday 9 April 2013
Thanks Mel! It is always a pleasure to play at The Acre. Great crowd, great venue and a great team.