Sat 25th February, 20238:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
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Phoenix River Band’s music, a potent mix of original songs with driving beats and soulful melodies, is a style best described as ‘Atlanticana’ – a mix of Country Rock, Blues and Rock fusing elements from both sides of ‘The Pond’. Imagine cruising in a Cadillac with Chris Rea at the wheel, Pink Floyd and the Allman Brothers in the back, and maybe some Eagles flying overhead. Music that is rooted in the songwriting ethos of the 60s and 70s, with lyrics that fit the tales like a glove and all delivered by a band that you might think sounds like one from that period but, in truth, sound like no one but themselves.
Centred around Chris Melhuish, who writes the songs, for the most part sings them, and plays some pretty mean blues-infused guitar, is a band of the best veterans: the rhythm section of Dave Dunster on drums and Mike Pitt on bass are the heart and soul of this outfit; keyboardist Andy Allpass on organ and piano, his playing tasteful and very expert; guitarist Syd Riley plays some nicely fluid solos, a contrast to Chris’s Albert King-like style, with both playing twin lead guitar à la Wishbone Ash flawlessly; vocalists Jo Melhuish and Shelley Dunster, a great and rare contribution, blend nicely in harmony with Jo also singing lead with a very soulful voice – all of them integral to the band’s overall sound.
Devonian Singer songwriter and guitarist Sarah Yeo leans towards Country and Folk music, with songs that are diverse and packed with character and hooky melodies which let her unique tone and soaring vocals ring out.
Once hailed as Jim Marshall’s (AMPS) favourite singer, Sarah has recorded many singles and albums to date, gaining high praise and reviews from both audience and industry. “Beautiful Voice” BBC Introducing. “Wow what a voice” Shane Richie.
A singer that has been likened to voices such as Karen Carpenter, Ashley Mcbryde and Trisha Yearwood, brings her warm personality combined with her truly unique set of songs which make her a “pure joy to see live”