Clair Le Brocq and the Bordellos

Excellent , female fronted,
blues band from Gloucester

As I endeavour to add to this blog on a daily basis there are times when I struggle for the muse, and others when I am overwhelmed with material to write about. At the moment I am in the latter phase, as I am going through the line up for my local beer festival coming up this weekend; but now here I am catching up with a festival that happened a few weeks ago in nearby Barnstaple.

Clair Le Brocq and the Bordellos. Left to right - Steve Fuller - Bass Guitar, Ivor Lane - Drums, Clair Le Brocq - Vocals, Guitar, Saxophone, Iain Mackay - Guitar, Vocals

Clair Le Brocq and the Bordellos.
Left to right – Steve Fuller – Bass Guitar, Ivor Lane – Drums, Clair Le Brocq – Vocals, Guitar, Saxophone, Iain Mackay – Guitar, Vocals

Sorry, I always seem to digress right from the first paragraph.
Clair LeBrocq and The Bordellos, were among the line up for the Unsigned Rock Festival in Barnstaple, organised by my friend John Forster, who runs an unsigned only radio show that is syndicated to several radio stations.

He very kindly sent me some tracks from bands that were playing at the festival, which I then played on my show. All of them were excellent, and I will no doubt cover each band at some point. However Clair’s band have jumped onto my radar again recently as I was compiling information about Hip Route and I noticed the Bordellos were one place above them in the (sorry) a Reverbnation chart.  (There are so many criteria in their charts as to make them almost meaningless)

Clair_le_Brocq_Bordellos_2The track John sent me was “Red Sky Blues”. You can hear this and another three tracks on their Reverbnation profile and the first thing that strikes me is how smooth it sounds.

Clair’s vocals are smoother than the finest bourbon. This is the kind of blues you normally associate with a a gruff male voice, worn down by smokin too many roll ups, and sippin’ too much moonshine. Not that her voice doesn’t fit the music; oh no. It is just mellower and more mellifluous than the usual.  That’s not to suggest, either, that she can’t belt it out and throw down some real soul as well; as you can hear on this live video footage.

The Bordellos, are a band of highly experienced and professional musicians that could no doubt keep an audience of music fans entertained all night if their lead singer was suddenly unable to perform, but you know how it is? Stick a beautiful girl with a fabulous voice in front of three superb musicians and most passing fans can’t remember the guys were even there.

So here is the line up of the band

  • Clair Le Brocq – Vocals, Guitar, Saxophone
  • Iain Mackay – Guitar, Vocals
  • Steve Fuller – Bass Guitar
  • Ivor Lane – Drums

You can also find out more at their Facebook page

As so often happens, I don’t feel I have really done justice to this band with my feeble writing skills, so I suggest you go check them out. If you got this far and you found it interesting, you could maybe leave a comment. It is nice to know what people think, good or bad. Thank you.
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