Review: The Stormy Mondays at The Plough in Langford

The Stormy Mondays
The Stormy Mondays

At approximately 9pm, veteran bluesmen The Stormy Mondays began their set at The Plough in Langford with a storming rendition of Ray Charles’ Let the Good Times Roll.

This was the bombastic opening to the first of two hour-long sets, comprising blues classics, some soul numbers, and a couple of original songs.

It became apparent almost immediately that I was watching a band of true blues fanatics and, sure enough, as the gig progressed, I and the rest of the pub’s patrons were treated to a performance that spanned the full spectrum of the blues, from the sumptuous slide guitar melodies of Fleetwood Macs Albatross to the up-tempo swagger of Call Me The Breeze.

The band’s second set was a more slightly varied affair than the first, with tracks from The Monkees and The Eagles making an appearance alongside the traditional blues fare, as well as a few soul numbers ably sung by the band’s guitarist, Andy ‘Soul Man’ Sykes.

Also included in the second set was an original song, White Van Man, a driving blues-rock jam which showcased The Stormy Mondays songwriting talents.

All in all, The Stormy Mondays are a band for fans of not just the blues, but live music in general.

The mix of blues standards, originals, and classic rock sing-a- long provides something for everyone.

An absolute pleasure to experience, this gig was a rare opportunity to see a band made up of highly accomplished musicians playing authentic blues standards in an intimate setting, right in the heart of Chronicle Country.