Mark Dobbin reports on Robert Brown’s All Stars The Haymakers, Chesterton, April 2006

Artist Visiting Cambridgeshire
Vocalist, songwriter and guitarist Robert Brown promises The Haymakers audience, 'an evening of original, varied music.' And that's what his All Stars trio -- Mark ‘Grinder' Reeve, bass and double bass, and George Fothergill, drums -- deliver in their two-hour set.

They open with the lively ‘Something Good, Something Bad,' then venture into Deep South boogie on ‘Dangerous.' Harmonica player Howard Roscoe guests on a blistering version of Howlin Wolf's ‘Down In the Bottom.'

Showing great instrumental prowess on ‘Topaz Blues,' the Suffolk trio reach the interval on country number ‘Ballad of Johnny Allen.' A healthy attendance heartily applauds the trio's versatility, suggesting serious dancing to come.

Drummer George bangs the gong, Grinder plays spirited double bass and Robert switches to smaller, 'sitar/dulcimer travel guitar', for ‘Falling From A Great Height'. With unique powers of description Robert introduces ‘You Don't Try' as ‘a slow bludgeoner.'

But there's nothing slow about the All Stars' version of Icicle Works ‘Understanding Jane.' By the time they hit the Buzzcocks' punk classic ‘Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldnt've) everyone's up on their feet. Delighted with audience response, Howard's harmonica is called up for a rousing finale. Robert Brown says: ‘We haven't named the song yet. Let's just call it Rocker Mark 1.'

Writer: Mark Dobbin