Simply stunning gig at Sydenham pub

The Mosquitoes performing at the Grist Mill pub.
The Mosquitoes performing at the Grist Mill pub.

GREAT to see the Grist Mill back to its very best on the live music front with this the final gig of the year for the fabulous Mosquitos.

It was the last because vocalist/harmonica player Nick Rowbotham is returning to his home in Thailand, where he also performs in a blues/rock band.

The line-up consisted of Nick, twin guitar slingers Steves Walwyn and Aaron, from Chevy on drums Ted Duggan and on bass Keith Hancock of The Jay Kay Pees, with a guest appearance by original Mosquitos drummer Andy Bentley for a few numbers. Chris Wright looked after the sound and possibly made a cameo appearance on bass.

This was the usual high energy, high intensity performance you expect from the band, only more so this being the last for a while and included rockers I Can Tell, Route 66, Brand New Cadillac and Mosquito Blues, with just the one chilled-out slow-it-down interlude being a superb I Would Rather Go Blind, with a simply stunning guitar display.

The audience were on fantastic form, especially during riotous runs through Gloria and Sell My Monkey and the night ended with Mr Walwyn’s showpiece Bullfrog Blues, complete with plenty of false endings.

What a magnificent night.

Verdict: A scorching night of blues/rock

Andrew Lock