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* Gigs: Giles Robson & the Dirty Aces
Posted Aug 02, 2011 - 07:57 PM
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Music Giles Robson and his band return to Cornwall for a couple of dates this coming weekend...

Catch them at:

Friday 5th August - Bunters in Truro

Saturday 6th August - Headlining the opening night of the Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week

Click here for more info on Giles and the Dirty Aces

Here's the latest review, just in, from Blues Matters Magazine:

    I first heard The Dirty Aces when reviewing a 5 track CD which was released in 2007 by this young Jersey based band. I tagged it as a promising debut with much more to come as they matured. Now things have moved on with Giles Robson’s name being place out front and the recruitment of a new rhythm section with the experienced pair of Ian Jennings on bass and Mike Hellier on drums.

    They have been getting some airplay and some serious attention on the British Blues scene with their harmonica and guitar driven R&B and this new album has already had airplay from the likes of Paul Jones, Chris Evans and Tom Robinson. The material is all original and opening track “The Mighty Incinerator” is a fast shuffle with great guitar from Filip Kozlowski and tasy harp from Robson. The feel is a bit like a more controlled Dr. Feelgood with Robson’s vocals being tough but not yeet as worn or gritty as Lee Brilleaux. Terrific harp features on “Twenty Gallons of Muddy Water” and the quality of this band’s playing and feel for the Blues is evident from the start.

    “Some Kinda King” is a steady paced, stripped down offering with Robson on acoustic harp. The mood changes completely for “Devil Led Evil” a jaunty gypsy jazz type piece which swings along featuring good interplay between Robson’s chromatic harp and Kozlowski’s Reinhardt inspired guitar work. A howling train whistle blast of harp introduces “Stick to the Promise” which is a thick, sleazy, swaggering stew of Louisiana swamp Blues.

    Title track “Crooked Heart of Mine” is a laid back stripped down, sly acoustic, back porch number before the whole band crash in with the rocky funk of “Swindler For You”. Solidor” is a melodic and tasteful instrumental which allows Robson to show off his tasty jazz harp licks. “Cooling Board” is a tough, thumping rocker with scorching harp from Robson over great slide guitar from Kozlowski. A swinging Slim Harpo inspired riff introduces “Magic Tricks” before the short, sweet and gentle instrumental “Home Town”.

    The album closes with the heavy rocking “Ain’t Dead Yet” with a fine chiming guitar solo from Kozlowski and typically tough harp from Robson. This is a superb album worthy of the attention it has already received but I still feel there is more to come from this excellent band.

Looking forward to seeing you at these shows!

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