Hot Lips and Chilli Fingers
New album available HOT LIPS & CHILLI FINGERS - UNPLUGGED
|MP3 of the week 17/11/2008|
Lemonrock review: "And you thought you knew what a harmonica sounded like?! A professional sounding, fun, uplifting, interesting and blindingly different track stands out brightly amongst a staple backdrop of rock, blues and pop on the live music scene. Next time you go to the chippy, just see if your hot parcel of nosh invokes anything like these feelings..."
This act sprung up from a Rory Gallagher tribute album and brought Steve Lockwood together with Chris Newman, they like to indulge in styles of music that have been major influences within blues, folk and the wider areas of roots and jazz.
Every concert is a railroad trip through the flavours and emotions of America’s Deep South, from the turn of the 20th century up to the present day.
Chris's style of playing and concert delivery hark back to the days of the "Songsters" where musicians would play a variety of styles of the day including American and European folk tunes, ragtime, and blues.
This melting pot went on to influence the music we hear today.
Visit Chris Newman's web site for further information.
Cambridge Folk Festival 2009
I opted to finish with something a bit more low key and returned to the Club Tent where local blues outfit Hot Lips And Chilli Fingers were the closing act. Frontman Steve Lockwood (pictured) is widely regarded as one of the world's leading harmonica players and he and guitarist Chris Newman have credentials equal to many acts on the main stage. They played an electrifying set including a rousing instrumental version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps and a raunchy rendition of Baby Scratch My Back. It was an exhilarating but all too short set that left the crowd crying for more.
Patrick Widdess reports on the Co-operative Cambridge Folk Festival, 30 July - 2 August 2009
Ely Folk Festival 2009
Hot Lips and Chilli Fingers are usually a duo of Steve Lockwood and Chris Newman but they were augmented by Mark Russell from the Ceilidh Allstars on Bodhran and a bass player for this gig. Steve Lockwood is a true star and kept his powder dry for the first few songs by sitting down. After 15 minutes he was up dancing, running around the Marquee and whipping up a storm with his Harmonica. He changed the mood for a moving version of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, which was fantastic.
Published Monday, July 20th, 2009 by John Glover
Mark Russell and Fabian Bonner joined Hot Lips & Chilli Fingers (aka Steve Lockwood and Chris Newman), for an easy-going set, energised by Steve Lockwood's harmonica virtuosity and determined showmanship.
Writer: Rychard Carrington
Rory Gallagher Tribute
[ Catalogue Number CDCN/002 ]
An album released by Chris Newman on RedBall Records is capturing the hearts of listeners old and new with the acoustic sounds of Rory Gallagher.
This album is a "personal tribute to the works of one of Irelands greatest performers" said Chris, he went on to say "I came across Rorys first solo album - 'Rory Gallagher'. It was from this album my love of Rory's acoustic work began".