• Tina Sherwood

Feeling the Blues: The Kris Barras Band

Updated: Feb 15, 2019

The Kris Barras Band blows away Rescue Rooms this Tuesday (12 February).

A quarter of the way through the first of this year’s UK tour dates and Kris Barras has a dreadful cold! He shares this information with the audience, cheerfully advising against shaking his hand at the merch stall after the gig! Despite a constant supply of throat soothers and bottles of water, he gives 110% and the Rescue Rooms audience is treated to a performance of outstanding musicianship from all 4 members of the band.

All photographs by Tina Sherwood, Rock Shotz

Grainne Duffy, a Blues festival favourite, singer/songwriter is the support for the tour, accompanied by Paul Sherry on acoustic guitar and vocals. With a smoky voice filled with Irish charm and depth, Duffy’s repertoire is full of integrity and goes down well with the Nottingham audience. Described by the respected voice of Planet Rock as ‘The very best of British Blues/Rock,’ The Kris Barras Band deserves every accolade which comes its way.

They have a lot to live up to. Eponymous front man, Kris Barras presents as humble and sincere; a man not afraid to open his heart. The beautiful, Gary Moore-influenced guitar solo, written in tribute to his late musician father, Watching Over Me is delivered with such raw emotion and spirituality that, by the thrilling crescendo of the piece, people around the front are in tears with him! A memorable highlight of the show. He restores the mood by gathering everyone in for a gig selfie, which is immediately Insta Grammed, belying the intense emotion just experienced. Established favourites from two albums, along with new songs make for a diverse programme, with the packed audience in full voice behind the band for ‘Hail Mary’ to conclude an unforgettable performance.

The remaining members of the band: Elliot Blackler, a bit of a showman himself, on some serious bass; Josiah J Manning playing impressive rock keys and the reliable beats of Will Beavis on drums, ensure that this is a band who make music intended to impress: a band unafraid to show its influences and allegiances: a band who won’t easily be forgotten. The fact that Barras lifts high his guitar, playing it behind his head and with his teeth, shamelessly shows the legacy of the great Hendrix. One could imagine that Jimi would be very happy indeed in the company of The Kris Barras Band!