Kelly’s Nights gig showcases sensational, stomping talent

The Mosquitoes performing at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington.
The Mosquitoes performing at the Zephyr Lounge in Leamington.

The Mosquitoes, the Zephyr Lounge, Leamington, June 5.

If you like your blues and rock and roll loud, passionate and in your face, this was the night for you.

Vocalist/harmonica player Nick Rowbotham is back for his regular visit from Thailand which, as usual, includes a smattering of Mosquitos shows alongside Steve Walwyn and band. This show was the latest of the Zephyr Lounge ‘Kelly’s Nights’ is his last gig of the year.

The Mosquitos play with such a sense of fun - and occasional mischief - and you could feel the pure energy pouring from the stage as they delivered two sets of rocking covers and Mosquitos originals: kicking off with the Kingsmen classic Louie, Louie the twin guitar attack of Steve Walwyn and Aaron was soon swapping blistering solos.

The line-up for this gig was completed by Rick Medlock on the drums and Chris Wright on the bass, although he did relinquish bass duties for the first couple of numbers of the second set to original Mosquitos bassist Keith Hancock.

A real highlight was a sensational I Can Tell, which started off the evening’s rock and roll dancing. Other standouts included the Johnny Kidd & the Pirates masterpiece Shakin’ All Over and a stomping run through Vince Taylor’s Brand New Cadiallac.

Well-loved Mosquitos originals How could They Know? and Somethin’ Outa Nothin went down a storm. For me both of these hi-tempo rockers have a slight punk edge, which contrasted well with the two low-key numbers of the night, Sam Cooke’s Bring it on Home To Me and the emotion-packed Etta James classic I’d Rather Go Blind.

The evening ended as many gigs involving Steve Walwyn do with a stunning Bullfrog Blues, with Steve paying homage to the late great Rory Gallagher.

My favourite Kelly’s Night so far. The next one is on July 3.

Andrew Lock