Gary Moore: Live At Bush Hall 2007

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What looks like a ‘for fans only’ release – a promo gig for his 2007 Close As You Get album – turns out to be a snapshot of the niche Gary Moore was carving out for himself before his death in 2011.

Moore’s playing is compelling as he strides through the heavy If The Devil Made Whiskey, the restless Hard Times and the soulful Too Tired, each with a strident solo to match.

He gets almost weepy with Phil Lynott’s Don’t Believe A Word before snapping out of it midway through, getting the audience worked up with Still Got The Blues and Walking By Myself and bowing out alone on acoustic slide with Son House’s Sundown. A great gig that gives you the essence of Moore./o:p

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.