1960s/70s hitmaker wide-eyed and fantastic at Ripley

Andy Fairweather Low on stage at Ripley Town Hall. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)
Andy Fairweather Low on stage at Ripley Town Hall. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)

Review by Stuart Rhodes: Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders, Ripley Town Hall.

Ripley Town Hall and organisers Ripley Live are no strangers to hosting the best musicians seeking to play intimate venues to a few hundred people.

The latest to appear this month the incredible Low Riders with the legend that is Andy Fairweather Low.
Striding onto stage and facing a packed hall Andy looked as dapper as ever in his three-piece suit and flanked by his array of Guitars.
Celebrating 50 years in the music business the set opened with the instrumental Listen Here as 68-year-old Andy struck into a set list covering his entire career including his time as founding member of Amen Corner.
Despite his increasing years Andy's voice is as strong and distinct as ever, his guitar playing crisp and as forceful as it is subtle.
The 1960's track Got Love slides nicely into 1974's Spider Jivin and then Hymn 4 My Soul and its time for a singalong with I'll Get You and from the excellent 70's album Be Bop 'N' Holla the Low Riders perform a stunning version of Travelling Light.
Other stand out tracks from the night include title track of his second album La Booga Rooga before the classics arrive with High In the Sky, Bend Me Shape Me and Andy's big solo hit Wide Eyed and Legless.
Chatty and full of anecdotes covering his expansive career Andy entertains the audience and includes Gin House and Lightnin Boogie and a superb instrumental medley of Tequila, Peter Gunn and Apache before the night comes to a close and the encores ring out with the grand finale sing along to (If Paradise Is) Half as Nice with a rapturous audience.
You can find the list of whats coming at Ripley Live via their web page http://ripleylive.com and Facebook profile.
Meanwhile switch on your music and enjoy some more La La Music from Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders with his albums Zone-O-Tone and Sweet Soulful Music.