Free Electric Band [Covers, 5 piece]
We caught these guys playing at The Goat in Berko last Friday, and enjoyed the most superb gig we have attended for quite some time. Checking out the bands C.V. it's clear why these gents are such good musicians, but it does not always follow, that after so many years, they will carry the same enthusiasm, and play with the freshness of younger bands on the circuit. No worries on this score, they are, quite simply, superb entertainers, with a cracking set list. Kicking off the second set with a classic from Booker T & the Mg's, they had the place up on the dance floor
Thankfully, just prior to the start of the second set, there was an influx of punters, mainly ladies, who always lead the way onto the floor, which raised the level of the evening up a notch, and was pleased for the band, getting the size of audience they deserve. If you have the chance to catch them, do yourself a favour…. "Quality will always rise to the top"David & Colin, Friday 28 February 2020
Thanks guys - lovely review. John the Bass Player.
What a great gig at the 3 Wishes. This is the best band band on the circuit, with great musicans. All playing in harmony of each other. Unbelievable music of the 50, 60, anfd 70,s.
Played from the heart and respect for the songs and for that era. Excellent musicans.
Thanks band , whetre your music always uplifts me and makes me feel good.
Again, great band, great musicans and nice people.
Thanks alot for Keeping Rock and Roll, a live. Aidan.aidan, Monday 17 February 2020
Thank you, Aidan. We hope to see you again at one of our forthcoming gigs!
Had a night in Walthamstow with my son, prior to seeing Tedechi Trucks and Blackberry Smoke on the Saturday. Such tremendous luck to stumble across this band. They set me up for the following night. Purely and simply joyful. Great musicianship and an eclectic choice of tracks. Sadly being a Northern lad from Doncaster, the chances of seeing them again are remote, but would go in a heartbeat. Thanks for a great night fella's!Richard Holland, Monday 3 February 2020
We are so pleased you enjoyed our gig in Walthamstow last Friday. Thank you for your review - we really appreciate you taking the time to do so.
I am sure you had a fantastic time seeing Tedeschi Trucks Band and Blackberry Smoke; they happen to be two of my favourite bands.
On behalf of the Free Electric Band “thanks again“!
The Free Electric Band are fabulous! All the songs they sang were like old friends and the lads themselves showed that they were really enjoying themselves. Brilliant evening, thank you all. I shall remember last night for a long time! Can’t wait till we see you all again. XSunday 6 May 2018
There aren't many venues where you can enjoy an evening of sixties and seventies music played by five top professional musicians and yet not have to pay a penny to get in.
Punters at the highly spacious Queens Arms, next to the Everyman cinema in Barnet, were the lucky recipients of a marathon 36-song session performed over three sets by the glorious Free Electric Band.
These guys really know their stuff and present a wide selection of pop, rock, blues, country, swing and rock 'n roll music.
Main man in the Electrics is singer and lead guitarist John Clare, an accomplished musician who worked as one of the Bruvvers (the original backing band for Joe Brown) and glam rock outfit Harley Quinne in the 1970's.
He is a skilful and versatile guitarist with a Dylanesque singing voice, as demonstrated in "She Belongs To Me".
On keyboards is Dave Lennox, who is a current member of Alan Warner's Foundations and who has worked with Ginger Baker. Dave provides excellent keyboard work and surprises when he reveals a bluesy voice on numbers like Wilbert Harrison's "Kansas City" and Fats Domino's "Be My Guest".
Bass player John Gordon has performed with a whole host of top artists, including Alan Price, and provides also some nifty backing vocals, while drummer, Howard Tibble, has been Shakin' Stevens' sticks-man for 40 years and was also in the best-ever line-up of the Hank Wangford Band!
Last, but not least, is Brian Juniper, a long-haired sax player and vocalist, who found fame as one of Screaming Lord Sutch's Savages. Brian adds great sax riffs and solos and has a gutsy, soulful voice which he uses to great effect on versions of Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music" and the Creedence interpretation of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through The Grapevine".
Together this quintet are exceptional.
Highlights among the 36 songs (played over three hours) were an imaginative interpretation of Buddy Holly's "Everyday"; a lovely rendition of Badfinger's tuneful ballad "Day After Day"; and a lively version of the Small Faces' "All Or Nothing".
The Free Electric Band ended their marathon performance with an uplifting, foot stomping version of Lonnie Donegan's skiffle classic "Rock Island Line".
Colin Fenn, DJ, journalistWednesday 29 June 2016