live reviews

“I have an automatic affinity with these warm hearted, passionate Leeds lads andhave been warned it’s been known that rock fans far and wide, no matter how varied their taste, can’t help but like their sound and enjoy watching them live.”

Full review by Ria Fend from London Rocks can be seen here –


“The whole set proves their mantra that blues isn’t dead it’s just hard to find and it is great to see a band take such a well-respected and influential form and show that it can still be entertaining. Muddy Waters would be delighted.”

Full review by Rebecca Atkinson from Leeds Music Scene can be seen here –


“The spirit of John Lee Hooker was all over numbers like ‘Haunted’ which had a nice groovy, greasy garage sound that rocked us admirably and got heads nodding and feet tapping along.”

          Full Review by Pete Woods from MTUK can be seen here –


“The Blind Dead McJones Band remind me pleasantly of a more cohesive Birthday Party era Nick Cave”

 Full Review by Josh Lewis from Leeds Music Scene can be seen here –


“However you take them, it was an entertaining set from beginning to end with plenty of good natured banter all interwover between some rollicking good toons!”

Full Review by Geoff Buckthorpe from The Sheffield Scenester can be seen here –


Songs of Elephants and Rhythm Sticks

“For their last music event of 2012, the Ripley Blues Club rounded off an excellent year of live entertainment by welcoming back The Blockheads. A polished performance here back in 2009 gave Andy Herrington and his team the perfect opportunity to happily invite the boys back to Ripley’s Hotel de Ville.

Supporting The Blockheads were The Blind Dead McJones Band. By their own admission, this West Yorkshire trio declare their blues roots are 10% Chicago and 90% Cleckheaton; their battle cry? ‘The Blues isn’t dead. It’s just hard to find.’ The band come across as hard working and loving their work. They turn in an excellent set that is based upon their debut album; ‘Last Resort Mexico’. Stand out tracks are ‘Elephant on a Lead’, ‘Rumbleland’ and ‘Hang on There Boys.’

They work incredibly well as a rhythm and blues trio and deserve to be seen as headliners more time soon. How do they sound? Like early Cream or ZZ Top but also a trio of troubadours in a  ’58 Buick being chased by the ghosts of the blues of all nations.

Thus to the main event, The Blockheads. And there they were. How could you not want to be anywhere else? Why would you not want to be in this band?  Back in the late Seventies and then the Eighties Ian Dury had some of the very best musicians to support him and the likes of NormanWatt-Roy, Chas Jankel and Mickey Gallagher-bass, guitar and keyboards respectively – were the most loyal and solid rhythm section. Dury left us with a legacy of music hall punk poetry, songs and wry observations that has never been matched. The flamboyant front man, Derek ‘The Draw’ Hussey, resplendent in frock coat, scarves and peace symbol shades keeps the legend alive. The Blockheads effortlessly waltz and bounce through ‘What a Waste’, ‘Clever Trevor’, Wake Up, and Make Love’, before dropping down a gear for a personal favourite –‘Sweet Gene Vincent’ and then moving on to ‘I Wanna be Straight’ and ‘Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part III’.

Sound and light production were perfect for the evening and the audience were rewarded further with the band’s best known track, ‘Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick’. Accomplished, professional, and highly entertaining; the Blockheads gave us songs of vaudeville, rock and roll and the trinity of jazz, rhythm and blues. We look forward to their return.“

Adam Chambers, Harrogate Advertiser, Jan 2013