3G was a much anticipated event at what I regard as one of my favorite venues, Leo’s The Red Lion in Northfleet, Kent.

Comprising three bands, the evening promised a night of blues & classic rock. Kicking off proceedings was local blues rock band Big River.

Lead guitarist Damo Fawsett, the person who organized the whole event, laid down some superb riffs, backed up by vocalist Adam Bartholomew, Luke Calvert on drums and Ant Wellman on bass. Certainly a band to keep an eye on (they’ll be opening this year’s Fibrofest)

Next up we had Dean Howard (Cats In Space) take to the stage, his band also having fellow ‘Cat’ Paul Manzi on vocals/guitar. A fantastic set with Paul Manzi once again proving why he’s such a great vocalist. The twin guitar sound from Dean & Paul worked really well.

And the evening’s final guitar….the legend that is Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell. His band consisting of Ross McEwen on guitar, Clive Edwards on drums, David Boyce on bass, Linda Kelsey-Foster on keyboards, and Grant Foster taking on vocal duties. With this kind of line up you know it’s going to be a corker! And corker it was, taking us through a mixture of classic tracks including of course Bad Company.

Rounding the evening off was an ‘All Star’ jam, with all three guitarists taking to the stage, Adam Bartholomew, Paul Manzi and Grant Foster taking it in turns to supply the vocals.

For those of us who were at a jam packed Leo’s, we were treated to a fantastic night. For those of you who missed it…….don’t miss the next one.


Fibrofest is back, and once again all proceeds are going to Fibromyalgia Action UK

We’re delighted that for this the second Fibrofest, we have sponsorship from Blackstar Amplification and our friends at AOR Blvd Records, plus we make a welcome return to one of our favorite venues, Leo’s Red Lion.

Tickets can be bought Here

If you cannot make it, then donations to FMA UK can be made Here

We raised over £1300 in 2016 and would love to double it to help support a small but worthy charity which supports people with fibromyalgia.



3G The Third One, the biggest & best yet, will be making an appearance at Leo’s The Red Lion in March. three guitarists, two very well known names & some amazing guest appearances have already been confirmed.

March 4th 2017
Doors 7:30pm

8pm – Damo Fawsett with Big River
9pm – Dean Howard and Band
10pm – Dave “Bucket” Colwell and Band
11pm – Finale jam with all three guitarists and the All Star Band.

Ticket’s can be ordered from Here

The West Sessions

Review: Big River – The West Sessions EP

Reviewer: Dan Mann

Big River are a four piece blues rock band hailing from the Garden Of England, namely Kent. What we have here is their debut release, a four track EP entitled ‘The West Sessions‘.

Kicking off with ‘Mama‘ it has from the start an individual sound, Adam Bartholomew‘s vocals having a slightly rough edge to them, injecting some grit, the sort of ‘dark side’ of the blues I personally prefer.

Track two ‘Trouble On Double Time‘ sees guitarist Damo Fawsett showing us what licks he has up his sleeves. Adam’s vocals wobble a bit in the middle, but not enough to detract from the overall sound.

Onto the third song, ‘Hard Came The Rain‘, the band’s rough edged energy comes to the fore, with an almost angst angle to the song. It’s a track worth a repeated visit as it reveals more  the more you listen.

And so to the final track on the EP. It’s a cover of Deep Purple’s ‘When A Blind Man Cries‘. This track has in fact been released by the band as a separate download in aid of The Stroke Association. As I’m sure most of you will agree, cover versions either work or they don’t! Thankfully this sits firmly in the ‘work’ box. There is real emotion in Adam’s singing, Damo’s guitar work, and the rhythm section of Ant Wellman on bass and Luke Calvert on drums.

Big River are a band who I’d certainly like to hear a full album’s worth of material from, and let’s hope that is sooner rather than later.