Review: Ron Sayer, Blakeney Harbour Room

Ron Sayer

Ron Sayer - Credit: Archant

Ron Sayer Junior and the Big Three

Blakeney Harbour Room

Ron Sayer is a local guitar hero to many of us. A musician from North Walsham whose skills with the 'axe' inspire and depress we lesser players in equal measure - seeing what can be achieved and amplifying the fact you will never achieve such heights.

But watching and listening to him is always a pleasure, whether it is a solo session in a pub or a band format in bigger venues.

His blues-driven 'junior' format at Blakeney saw him joined by his keyboard-playing, songstress wife Charlotte, former Oli Brown band man Fred Hollis on bass where he traded licks with the main man, and Sonny Lee, who despite being better-known as a guitarist himself, showed his own versatility with a superb stint on drums.

The set ranged from pared-back blues, to rock and roll, and progressive rock covers (Albert Collins, Rory Gallagher and Zeppelin among them).

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But there were also many powerful originals penned by Ron. The funky Bad Thing and Manana were real crowd-pleasers for the dancers, while the guitar solos in I Ain't Leaving highlighted the talent of the front man and a masterclass in technique, tone, light and shade to those of us sitting drop-jawed in awe.

Richard Batson

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