Write up for Fireclown at the Swan Cellar Bolton,19th July 1981, in the Bolton fanzine "Town Hall Steps"
This,the first of a short series of gigs down the Swan Cellar,was a great success.Fireclown worked hard and succeeded in filling the floor with dancers.Strongly blues-influenced they played 12 songs all of which were well received by the audience.
Opening with "Ride On",immediate impressions were of a group very tight and competent with a professional (Fender) sound.Not a fault could be found with their playing and the lead guitar work was outstanding,particularly in "Loser","Possession"and Rory Gallagher's "Shadowplay".There was just one problem, that being the fact that the vocals were hard to hear on the heavier numbers.
"Stormy Monday" was a very good bluesy song and "Burn on up the road" was R&B at it's best.Near the end of the set,people were starting to get up for "Shadowplay",the floor was full of dancers.
The energy there was amazing,with Pete Dutton joining in playing the cymbals then his bass with a drumstick while Gyp Nicholson and Tony Dowler spectacularly played their guitars windmill fashion.They then finished off with "Johnny B. Goode", leaving everyone satisfied with the evening.
Artefact added : 29th June 2007