Errol Linton at The Brink
November 6 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm£10
DOORS 8 PM / ERROL LINTON 9PM
Hard as it is to believe but Errol Linton has been playing the Brixton blues for near thirty years. Initially a busker on London streets and metro, Errol was noticed early on by John Walters – John Peel’s celebrated producer – who would film Errol in 1990 for a BBC documentary (its on Youtube). But even during that era of mega-CD sales no record label dared take a chance on the Lambeth youth who sounded like no one else. Still, those listening to contemporary blues paid attention: “I first encountered Errol at The Station Tavern in Ladbroke Grove in 1996. He was leading a ragged ensemble of musicians and, with nonchalant ease, they tore the roof off what was then London’s foremost blues pub. No one from that evening’s performance remains in Linton’s current band – truth be told, they weren’t of the calibre of today’s lineup – but in that packed, smokey pub I witnessed the future of British blues.
In January 2019 Errol, Adam, Lance, Kenrick and Petar went into Toe Rag, the Hackney eight-track analogue studio run by Liam Watson. Toe Rag runs on the kind of sonic principals that shaped much of the great blues, soul and jazz recordings across the 1960s and ‘70s: they set up and recorded live, playing as if at their weekly Wednesday night residency at Brixton’s Effra Tavern. Producers’ Liam Watson and Tim Bulleyment aimed to let the band have as much space as necessary. No fussing, no tightness, let the music play and record it using Toe Rag’s unique collection of vintage microphones and amplifiers. The results? Well, they’re here to be enjoyed. So I’ll say no more. Beyond noting once again that Errol Linton leads the best blues band in Britain. Or, perhaps that should read, the best band in Britain.” Garth Cartwright