Review by Pete Feenstra
Writer, Broadcaster & Promoter
Recipient,  European Blues Association Lifetime Achievement Award 2016
Inducted into EBA Hall of Fame 2017


JOHN O'LEARY & SUGARKANE + Perfect Blue Sky - Boom Boom Club/Sutton Utd FC - 12 Nov 2017

Sugarkane enveloped us with deep grooves, impassioned playing, real feel, poise and presence, in a welcome celebratory contemporization of the blues.

Anchored by the solid foundation of bassist Ian Mauricio and powerhouse drummer Joachim Greve, and fired by the interwoven twin guitar work of Steve Wright and Jules Fothergill, Sugarkane built a musical platform that offered sundy possibilites, which they joyously fulfilled.

Jules Grudings counterwighted thunderous hammond with nanced fills, while John O'leary occupied a pivotal John Mayall style catalytic role in which his big toned harp and expressive phrasing were perfectly framed on a moving version of 'Drifting Blues'.

You can't beat a beautifully balanced sextet who share their sheer joy of playing with an appreciative crowd. Bravo!

Also a big shout out to the psychedelic tinged Pefect Blue Sky who radiated positivity and musical intensity on a west coast influenced, blues tinged set that lit the fuse for a memorable night. 

.....the new name for the john o'leary band