Michael Messer Solo Show
Michael Messer - Vocals, slide and lap steel guitar
"Michael Messer is rare amongst Brit bluesniks, in that he possesses a real feel for the music and yet gives it his own personal stamp"
"It's Messer's vocals which are the real revelation; heartfelt and pained, full of trial and struggle, just like the best blues"
- Q magazine
"To say that Messer is a slide guitarist is like describing Mother Theresa as a nun! One of the best slide guitarists Britain has ever produced"
- Time Out magazine
"Slide merlin Michael Messer has of course produced some spellbinding blues'n'beats albums in recent years, and in his solo set he shows a driven and fluid guitar style that exactly suits his characterful voice. He really is an expert player"
- Blues In Britain
"Established now in the British blues conscience as a result of the widely acclaimed 'King Guitar' and recently released 'Second Mind'. His slide work was both deft and stunning. The set started with Drivin' Wheel Blues, with its roots firmly attached to Blind Willie Johnson. The audience sat in rapt silence hanging on to every chord whilst classics such as Rollin' & Tumblin and Walkin' Blues followed by one of the best versions I have heard of Diving Duck since Taj Mahal. The set closed with a driving rendition of Write Me a Few Short Lines. The second set could not have started better with the Messer/Clarke title Robert Johnson's Wake, with its haunting, swampy feel, which transported you back to the delta. Locomotive Skin from the new album was both poignant and hypnotic, together with the haunting Crow Blues are a clear indication of Michael and co-writer Terry Clarke's writing skills and you are left to consider when the song may have been composed. The evening closed with a rendition of the Furry Lewis classic Right Hand Road AKA Going to Brownsville, played with passion and panache. We were treated to an encore with Tail Feather Blues, which combined a smooth smooch with shades of Green Onions. The audience were on their feet roaring their approval".