Dublin-based Liverpudlian bluesman Mike Brookfield teams up with poet, writer and former Horslips drummer Eamon Carr for a lean and mean blues album
Mike Brookfield’s brand of jumping, supercharged blues is the real deal. On his scorching second album he has teamed up with Eamon Carr, the poet, musician, and boulevardier about town who once sat behind the drum kit for Irish Celtic rock warriors Horslips.
It’s a match made in the LIffey delta as Brookfield rasps out Carr’s well-turned phrases and pithy lines. Message from Willie Johnson works itself up into a frenzy of note bending and rasping vocals; the pyrotechnic Hendrix overdrive of Zombie Craze steps hard on the wah-wah; and epic, gospel-tinged Don’t Close The Gates calls out for redemption among the charred riffs.
An outstanding guitarist with real virtuoso flair, Brookfield knows when to let it wail like Stevie Ray Vaughan or Rory G and when to hold back like Clapton for more studied and atmospheric tracks like Suitcase Blues. Meanwhile, Carr’s lyrics blaze with classy one-liners and, as is the man’s wont, the occasional detour into more poetic musings.
The big, roomy production gives the band space to really cook on what is a thoroughly modern blues record.
Alan Corr @corralan
Mike Brookfield launches Brookfield in Whelan's, Dublin on Tuesday, September 26 at 8.45pm.