And so we’re back for 2022… and what better way to start off the year than a rocking night at the Muse with the James Oliver Band.

In a highly entertaining introductory interview by Mike Kennedy, we learned all about James’ early background and his incredible work schedule.

James then took to the stage, accompanied by Patrick Farrell on bass and Mark Kemlo on drums.

He may own 42 guitars, but James only needed his one trusty Telecaster to get people up and dancing for a night of old-school rock & roll, rockabilly and surfing tunes.

James’ lightning-fast fingerwork tore through some classic numbers by the Ventures, the Pirates, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash and Lazy Lester, plus a bunch of great self-penned songs. At one memorable point the band transformed themselves into an uncannily authentic sound of the early Fleetwood Mac for a perfect rendition of Peter Green’s Albatross.

The sold-out audience had a great time, and it’s safe to say that the James Oliver Band have won themselves plenty more fans in Brecon now.
Maybe it won’t be too long before James finally gets that Cadillac – even if they do have to widen the street for it.

Thanks as ever to the wonderful Muse and to everyone involved in putting on this gig.

Photos by Barry Hill
Review by Jim Kerslake

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