Tuesday 26th Sept 2023
We have an additional gig on Saturday Oct 21st at the Barley Hops, Congleton, starts at 8pm...so don't be late.....please note .this will be an acoustic gig. See gig dates for details.........
If you want to book Cry Baby and the Hoochie Coochie Boys give us a call or message us on Facebook;
Rob Wilkinson : 07973 600 769
Vince Cutcliffe : 0776 560 4594
Mark Hargreaves : 07876 227 808
Chris Bevington : 07866 235 082
Paddy O'Rourke : 07753 187 807
This was a first in a couple of ways on Friday night. Even though both bands (Goodfellas provided quality support) are quite local in my area, I’m sad to say that I’d never seen either of them before, although I’ve been friends with a couple of members for quite a long time. So, I kinda made up for lost time. A couple of weeks before the gig, Rob Wilkinson (singer/harmonica) with Cry Baby asked me out of the blue if I would MC the night’s proceedings.
Well, to say I was flattered is an understatement.
Cry Baby took to the stage around 9 pm. The band is a five-piece outfit and has the one and only Chris Bevington on bass, taking time out from his band, Chris Bevington Organisation.
This band is well steeped in blues and R ‘ n’ B and from the very first tune, this is what we got. Soft Touch ( Nine Below Zero ) which allowed frontman Rob Wilkinson to demonstrate his vocal and harmonica skills to the max. As usual Chris Bevington stayed quietly in the background lying down bass line after bassline allowing the rest of the band plenty of room for maneuver. Vince Cutliffe pounding out great blues guitar throughout the night added that touch of class that turns an ordinary gig into a special one.
It was a night of pure blues, the band hardly letting you catch your breath in-between songs. Songs from Jonny Lang, Muddy Waters, John Nemeth, and Delbert McClinton entwined with an original from the band, Zydeco Boogie, made the night go past so quickly. The band then threw in a large curve ball, Personal Jesus, once covered by Depeche Mode. Now, this was a new one on me, but as usual, the band turned it into a fantastic blues version in keeping with the night’s proceedings. All too quickly the night was over.
I mentioned earlier that I had not had the pleasure of seeing either of these bands before tonight, well let’s just say that it was well worth the wait on both counts. If you want an evening of full-blown blues then look no further than either of these bands. You will not be disappointed.
Many thanks to everyone who comes along to our gigs, here are some comments taken from a couple gigs this year....2021
"It was a fantastic night with a great crowd of people"
"Brilliant as always"
"Good night, Great Band"
"we had a great night (the) band rocked the joint"
Below is the write up from Pete Clack of Blues in Britain from our ventures with Boogaloo Blues back in June 2017 and below that more recently from November 2019!!
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"That evening as Cry Baby and the Hoochie Coochie Boys took the stage hopes were high after (their) afternoon set, and this five-piece hit it right from the start with rhythm and blues at its very best, they delivered big time with a set of covers and originals.....The band have their own driving sound featuring Rob Wilkinson on vocals and harp, the guitar of Vince Cutcliffe, the keys of Mark Hargeaves, plus bass, Chris Bevington and drums Paddy O'Rourke. They were ready to get everyone dancing the night away, opening with (Don't point your finger at the) 'Guitar Man'....the dancers filled the floor again for such songs as 'Living it Down' and the The Thunderbirds 'Automatic'.....Jon Cleary's 'Take my Love' and a singalong 'Can I get a Witness'. How would anyone follow that?
BLUES IN BRITAIN FEB 2020 edition; here is another great writeup by Pete Clack about our Boogaloo Blues shows on 30th November 2019!
Commenting on our acoustic set "a hugely popular band for these weekends........their mix of blues and soul whetted the appetite for the evening"
Commenting on our evening set "the band's music is described as uptempo rhythm and blues and that sums them up perfectly.....They are a band full of huge talent....and as a band are so tight....they served up enough to pack the dance are right through the set"