GIG REVIEW THE GET GO
The Midlands got a rare (but very welcome) chance to see London’s favourite rock’n’blues trio, The Get Go in the cosy confines of The Red Lion in Shirley on Saturday night.
Your London Guitar Academy gig reviewer, Paul Wood, was there to see the band in fine form in front of an appreciative crowd, assembled by Deep Joy promoter (and Get Go fan), Paul “Mezz” Merrick.
A regular presence at the annual Small Faces Convention pulled together by John Hellier (of Darlings of Wapping Wharf Fanzine fame), and with regular gigs at the semi-legendary Pelton Arms in Greenwich, the band regularly win over crowds with their strong sounding 60s/70s rock sound based on the likes of Humble Pie, Free and Peter Green era Fleetwood Mac.
But The Get Go are not a covers band – they’ve built up a set list which includes strong originals as well as a few choice covers. Although their initial CD release – the “Three’s A Crowd” mini-album was a 7 song set of covers, the more recent (and highly recommended) 13 track album “Typically English” contains 12 tracks of original material.
The band’s set in Shirley was a mix of material from “Three’s A Crowd”, “Typically English”, new material being recorded for their next release plus a few cracking covers.
The band comprise Stuart Farnham on vocals and guitar (he’s a leftie if you’re interested), Brian Hall on bass and vocals and Richard Metcalfe on drums and backing vocals.
Stuart Farnham has a distinctive (powerfully emotive) vocal sound and plays 60s/70s lead on his Gibson guitar. Brian Hall plays bass lines combining fluidity and power and is a good alternate lead voice on some of the songs. Richard Metcalfe gives his kit a good thumping all night long but still maintains sufficient energy to chip in with backing vocals when needed. All three play to the max with both Stuart and Brian having good front man presence.
Opening with a triple salvo of “Ain’t No Fool”,“No Love Inside” and “Two Time Loser” from the “Typically English” album, the band then introduced their first cover “Looking Back” (originally by Johnny Guitar Watson but readers of a certain vintage may also recall the blistering Dr Feelgood version!) before debuting a selection of new material sung by Brian and then Stuart.
Here’s a link to a live clip of the band performing “Ain’t No Fool” posted by the band from earlier this year:
“Holy Cow” (from the great Lee Dorsey) was followed by “Homework” (from “Three’s A Crowd), before some further well received new material.
Check out the band’s video for “Holy Cow”:
Heading into the midpoint of the set the band got the crowd rockin’ with a power crushing wah wah pedal heavy version of “Nut Bush City Limits” (Richard Metcalfe losing a drum stick in the process!) and a red hot “Mr Pitiful” to the delight of the Mod flavoured audience.
Concentrating on the “Typically English”and “Three’s A Crowd” albums for the final stretch, the band rocked through “Down The Line”, It’s Gonna Work Out Fine, Don’t Put Me Down Like This”, Sail On” and a rumbustious version of “Typically English” which threw in parts of “You Need Loving” (Small Faces via Muddy Waters/Willie Dixon) and a couple of lines from Humble Pie’s “Black Coffee”, before the main set closed with “Let Me Tell Ya”.
Here’s a link to the album version of “Typically English”:
With the crowd shouting out for more and promoter Paul “Mezz” Merrick putting in a request for Humble Pie’s “Thirty Days In The Hole”, the band did a neat side step, and played Humble Pie’s very crunchy “Fool For A Pretty Face” – which Stuart dedicated to Paul.
A really enjoyable night for the crowd – a number of which were seeing the band live for the first time. Hopefully they will be back in the Midlands next year but for details of upcoming gigs etc check out the band’s Facebook page:
If the band is somewhere near you in London, go catch them!
The next Deep Joy promotion at The Red Lion in Shirley is Rattlesnake Jake on Friday 14 November. For details (and pictures from The Get Go show) see:
Here’s the band’s bio on Southside Records:
Although the influences are clear, the songs themselves sound fresh and are well worth hearing. All but one of the 13 tracks is an original composition – the one cover being the band’s take on the Lovin’ Spoonful classic “Summer In The City”.
The three piece line up of Stuart Farnham (guitar, vocals), Brian Hall (bass, vocals) and Richard Metcalfe (drums) are augmented on various tracks by guest musicians (including Style Council ‘s Mick Talbot) on keyboards and horns. The extra musicians allow the sound of the album to move beyond the basic core three piece sound and gives an “old school” American R & B/Blues feel to some of the tracks.
Stuart Farnham’s voice has that “magical” Steve Marriott ingredient but all the band contribute on vocals (live and on the album), and the album has rockers and slower based numbers, so you get a good blend of sounds across the album as a whole.
The album gets a thoroughly deserved 8/10 review in the last issue of “Blues” magazine.
Catch them live if you can…
Recommended listening for London Guitar Academy students
It’s short and sweet at only 2 minutes long in total but check out the guitar riff in the album’s opening track “Two Time Loser”:
The slowed down bluesy “Sail On”:
The band has a regular end of month (Friday) residency billed under the banner of “The Real R & B” at the Pelton Arms in Greenwich. Other upcoming gigs include 14 March (Billericay Town FC) and 23 March (New Cross Inn).
There is a shortage of good sound quality live web footage of The Get-Go but here’s the band doing a sound check performance of album track “Down The Line”:
For other gig dates, check them out on Facebook at:
You can buy the album on download from Amazon or iTunes, or get the album on CD from specialist outlets such as Rowed Out/Heavy Soul Records (www.rowedout.co.uk)
Full track listing:
Two Time Loser
Ain’t No Fool
Summer In The City
Down The Line
Let Me Tell Ya
All Fine (Now Your Mine)
So Sad The Morning
No Love Inside
If anyone wants to go back to ’66, here’s the original version of “Summer In The City” by the Lovin’ Spoonful: