In Recovery [Covers 60s - present, Duo]
It's great to see a band singer who has terrific charisma and charm and looks as if he is really enjoying himself on stage.
In Recovery might consist of only two members but, with the help of backing tracks, they have a big, big sound.
And in Dave Duckmanton they have a powerhouse performer with a rich tenor voice that could fill any auditorium.
Dave, with his beard and huge mane of hair, looks light a wrestler. By his side is the slightly-built guitar maestro Mick Hutchings who can perform in a wide variety of styles.
This dynamic duo, who have worked together for five years,kicked off their set at the spacious Gryphon pub with Roy Orbison's You Got It and pubgoers were immediately impressed with the power of Mr Duckmanton's vocals.
The Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' rock classic I Won't Back Down was the perfect second song before the two of them went on to show their versatility. They featured funky rock (the Doobie Brothers' Long Train Running) a wistful ballad (Bob Dylan/Adele's Make You Feel My Love) and a great mix of pop and rock. Dave showed the great range of his vocal range on Neil Diamond's Forever In Blue Jeans.
It was a short first set -- but there two more to come. In Recovery do not shy away from tackling unusual material. The next two sets featured an extraordinarily strong version of Timi Yuro's 1961 soul classic Hurt; a great Latin-flavoured version of the Drifters' 1960 smash Save The Last Dance For Me; and a memorable interpretation of Engelbert Humperdinck's Quando Quando Quando.
Dave moved into falsetto mode for two songs -- the Scissor Sisters' I Don't Feel Like Dancing and the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever sensation Stayin' Alive. Another unexpected pleasure was a lively version of Bring Me Sunshine.
Mick has been in the music business for over 30 years and it shows. His guitar work on Whitesnake's Here I Go Again and Prince's Kiss was outstanding.
There was a surprise for everyone, including the band, when actor Perry Fenwick (Billy in Eastenders) joined the duo to sing a couple of verses of Madness' ska classic Baggy Trousers. Perry had been in the pub with a friend.
In Recovery are not a pair of recovering addicts (as the name might suggest) but a dynamic duo who create an excellent party atmosphere and have a great rapport with their audience.
COLIN FENN, DJ/Freelance JournalistColin Fenn, Thursday 3 February 2022
Thanks for your review and for joining us at The Gryphon. We really enjoyed playing there.
Hopefully we'll see you there next time we play.
‘In Recovery’ are two exceptionally talented musicians who cleverly use backing tracks to echo the sound of a full rock band.
The incredible versatility of Dave Duckmanton’s voice and the power of his performance, paired with the Claptonesque Mick Hutchings on lead guitar, create a party you’ll never want to end!Elaine C, Tuesday 16 November 2021
What a fabulous Halloween do. The quality of both the singing and guitar playing were second to none - and all delivered with such verve and energy. This duo would be guaranteed to get any party going.J, Tuesday 2 November 2021