Andy Fairweather Low And The Low Riders performing at The Lowdham Village Hall Nottinghamshire on Saturday 7th September 2019

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Mention the name of Andy Fairweather Low and inevitably and instinctively, his association with Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, and George Harrison immediately comes to mind, but it was his days with Amen Corner in the 1960’s together with his solo career that brought him to prominence.

Appearing once again at the Lowdham Village Hall last night, he packed a punch with a set list that included a mix of music which has spanned his career, accompanied as always by the accomplished Low Riders. Delivering a slick performance, they dipped into a bit of everything musically such as rock and roll, pop, jazz, skiffle and blues.

Opening the first half with Champagne Melody, the Low Riders were immediately into their stride. With Pentelow taking the lead on saxophone, drummer Paul Beavis and bass player Dave Bronze having their own spot, they were beefed up by saxophonist Pete Cook and Matt Winch on trumpet.

With Fairweather Low’s soothing vocals there were some real treasures, such as Route 66 and the beautiful lament of Hymn For My Soul. There was the funky La Booga Rooga which had the crowd toe tapping along, before the first half was brought to an end with Dance On with its rock and rock rhythm and If I Ever Get Lucky.

With an audience eager for the second half they were not disappointed as When things Go Wrong with its clarinet magic from Pentelow filled the Village Hall. Wide Eyed And Legless had everyone singing along and Gin House Blues proved again to be a highlight and an opportunity for the band members to play extended solos.

Rounding off the evening with Amen Corner’s massive hit (If Paradise Is) Half As Nice which has really stood the test of time, Fairweather Low told the crowd that they usually finish with the gospel sounding Amen. Unfortunately he had to leave it off this set after admitting that this, the second of a sold out show in Lowdham had taken its toll, and he asked for forgiveness.

There was no argument from this crowd who were already booking their tickets for next year’s visit.