Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band brought their brand of country rock and blues to The Cluny in Newcastle and left the audience wanting more.

Local duo Monkey Junk who run a successful weekly club night at the Butterfly Cabinet in Newcastle kicked off the proceedings for the night by schooling the audience with some great roots and blues music. Monkey Junk comprises of John Nellist on vocals and Andy Turnbull on guitar.

Their set included a whole host of superb covers from the likes of Bukka White, Robert Johnson, Elmore James as well as some traditional numbers. The blues aficionados finished off with a great rendition of “Got My Mojo Working” by Muddy Waters and had the Geordie crowd singing along from start to finish.

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band took to the stage with “The Train Song” and straight from the off they grab your attention. Some incredible slide guitar from the Reverend throughout the show, coupled with Breezy’s fierce washboard playing and Ben Bussell and his adapted drum kit featuring none other than a bucket on a high hat stand gives the band a very unique sound. Their music is infectious, so much so the band has the whole room singing and dancing along from the off.

The band’s set this evening comprises of both new and old material. Several tracks from their excellent new album So Delicious feature including the likes of “Pot Roast and Kisses,” “Hell Naw,” and “Let’s Jump A Train,” alongside old favorites like “Easy Come Easy Go,” “Clap Your Hands,” and “Devils Look Like Angels.”

The on stage chemistry of the band is both obvious and entertaining at the same time. A great cover of Willie Dixon/Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge a Book By It’s Cover” sees the Reverend making his way over to the drum kit and kicks the high hat across the room much to the pleasing of the crowd, as the band’s tech frantically runs on stage to put it back in place. Breezy shows off her mischievous side choosing to play her tambourine off the heads of unsuspecting members of the front row.

The band finished their main set with “Music and Friends,” which seems quite apt as tonight they most certainly made some great music and many friends indeed, leaving the stage to a rapturous applause.

Not wanting to disappoint, the band return to the stage before lighting the blue touch paper with the frantic “Mama’s Fried Potatoes” and “Two Bottles of Wine” during which Breezy’s smoldering washboard playing is taken to the next level as she proceeds to set the board on fire and swing it around in the air, truly a sight to be seen.

It’s difficult to put into words just quite how good Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band are, you really have to see them to believe it. There were no shortage of believers in Newcastle tonight.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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