Gig review – Connor Selby & Band at The Musician, Friday 12th May 2023

Connor Selby. Photo (c) Rich Wakefield
Connor Selby. Photo (c) Rich Wakefield

with Montgomery Slacks

Reviewed by Rich Wakefield

Organised by Casbah MMP Events

Connor Selby & Band and Montgomery Slacks Friday night at The Musician Pub was a treat.

Starting the evening was the first performance by Montgomery Slacks (at least 2/4 of them!)… a new band fronted by ex-The Heartland Roots Band guitarist Callum Bishop.

We have long known that Callum is a superb guitar player and displayed his undoubted guitar talent to the full, along with his band member (apologies, I didn’t catch his name).

This was a first-ever performance and went well, but maybe just a bit of tidying up on the vocals and showmanship would be great… the one thing that they lack is experience of playing in this format… and given time I feel this will blossom into a fine band.

Montgomery Slacks. Photo (c) Rich Wakefield

Headlining was Connor Selby & Band. I have seen the band numerous times over the last couple of years, and there has been no doubting Connor’s superb playing and the quality of the band, but they were not quite the finished article, this gig was a revelation.

Connor has grown in stature and become a cultured, confident and totally assured musician and bandleader. He and the band are all high-class Musicians and blend into a magnificent fluent whole, delivering a magnificent powerful set of original blues material, no two ways about it.

Connor Selby & band. Photo (c) Rich Wakefield

This band are the finished article… the real deal… and absolutely superb… go check them out as soon as possible…

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