LOL Goodman Band – Rock and Blues

Reviews – Gigs


Keith Blackledge’s review for THE LOL GOODMAN BAND @ Sunday Live Rock & Blues Night, The Minstrel, Chorley – 27.11.16

The Lol Goodman Band, based in the Manchester area, came to the Minstrel in Chorley and gave a great performance playing their original brand of blues, penned by Lol Goodman and arranged by the band. Formed several years ago they have played all over the country on the pub circuit and at major blues festivals including Colne, Mar…yport, Skegness, Stafford, Lancaster, and many more. With this wealth of experience you might have said that this band had cracked it, however, every now and again a new band member is added and in this case, has enhanced the band to a new level. Master musician Phil Barrett on Hammond organ and guitar was superb and in my opinion gives the band that added element. The rhythm section have been the driving force over the years with veteran musicians Jon Firth on drums and James Horrocks on a booming bass, the backing singers ‘The Cougars’ are Angie and Jane and lastly, the man himself front and centre, the inspirational Lol Goodman on lead vocals and guitar rounds up this band of professional blues makers. The band are no strangers in the production of CD’s, they released their third in February this year entitled ‘Just Wanna Say’. In 2014 they released ‘Tautology’ and prior to that, ‘Old Dogs ‘N’ Licks’ in 2013. With plenty of airplay for their new CD and live performances, this band are full on in entertaining and producing original blues numbers for the lovers of ‘blues’ music far and wide.
Keith Blackledge Music Reviewer


Well, I don’t know where you were but I was at Florence tonight watching The Lol Goodman Band – I’ve been to many gigs in my time but this is up there in the top 10 already. Coolest bunch of guys I’ve ever met and the most rockingest gig in a while. Loved it.
And it was nice and LOUD!

Craig Carruthers, Florence Arts Centre, Egremont


Something very special at the Elme this afternoon with the Lol Goodman Band who came down from Manchester to play to us. We all enjoyed listening to a great sound (Colin Jones on the desk), interesting original material, and it really showed that the guys were having a ball. Some unique stuff in there so if you like something new and you have a chance to catch them live, don’t let it pass.
They only did about three covers all afternoon but their take on “I Don’t Need No Doctor” has to be heard to be believed. Brilliant !!

Michael Mead, Wisbech Rock & Blues Club, Elme Hall Hotel


LGB @ Honey Bee

A top band that really deliver.  They blew the roof off the club.
Martin Bedford.  Honey Bee Blues Club, Sheffield



Lol Goodman Band

Lol Goodman Band at Middleton Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival.
One of the few bands on the blues circuit who play almost 100% original music.  It’s well crafted, authentic music too, obviously inspired by the British blues/rock explosion of the 1960s & 70s.  Tracks that range from blistering hard rocking blues to mellow, tuneful ballads guaranteed the audience were spellbound from start to finish.  They then went on to provide backing for Manchester’s own blues legend, Victor Brox for which Victor had nothing but praise
Howie Murphy,  Organising Committee,  Middleton Rock ‘n’ Blues Festival  2015



Upton 2
“The Lol Goodman Band, playing on a sunny afternoon on the Riverside worked well with the Upton audience and got a good reaction from the crowd of 1500”
Steve Steinhaus, Compere at the Upton Blues Festival 2015



Colne 13Lancashire Blues Archive at Great British RnB Festival, Colne.
Lol Goodman Band – From North Manchester, the well established Lol Goodman Band gave some standard blues rock. With Lol Goodman on guitar and vocals, James Horrocks on bass, Jon Firth on drums and Phil Barrett on keys & guitar, they gave a good down to earth performance.
Rosie Greer, Lancashire Blues Archive.


Stafford Blues Festival 2

 “The Lol Goodman Band ‘s performance is one of the grittiest blues sounds in the UK .Not only does the pulsating beat makes your very core feel at one with the music that the band produces. Their professionalism and sense of humour certainly comes across. The Lol Goodman Band is a must at any festival or gig for that extra pizazz.”

Lorraine Conkey (Director of Operations at Stafford Blues Festival)

Guardian article


Fiddlers Elbow, Camden, London.  November 15th 2014

“Fantastic gig, The Fiddler’s Elbow would like to thank you and your fans for making the night such a great event!” LGB Fiddlers 3





At the legendary Fiddlers Elbow, Camden



BJs ROCK-IN-THE-BLUES-CLUB, The Hop Pocket, Chorley

“We really appreciate the effort you guys made last night.  A pleasure to meet up with you all.”

Lucas Campbell (Radio Presenter – Music Promoter) 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Enjoying a gig in front of an appreciative audience 



Lol ripping off a few licks

BluesWater Blues Festival, The Platform, Morecambe

“It’s been a great weekend all round.  Thanks for your great set and I’m sure we’ll cross paths again!”

Steve Middlesborough (Promoter)



                                                                                                                                                                                             Lol rippin’ off a lick at BluesWater



Runnin’ on MT.  MT Heads Motor Cycle Club, Rochdale.

“Thank you so much for stepping in last Saturday afternoon at our Rally in Castleton.  Those that saw your set were blown away by it.  The feedback we got off them is the best we have ever had for the afternoon bands””

Geoff MT Head (Chief MT Head & Organiser)


Setting up to kick some butt at Runnin’ on MT




With guest tenor saxist Dave Turnbull

The Pete Cowap Music Festival 2013, Middleton Arena, Middleton, Manchester.

“What a great set fellas.  We all loved your brand of gritty blues.  Hope you’ll be back next year”

Rick Leicester (Organising Committee)

                                                                                                                      With guest saxophonist Dave Turnbull



True Blues Club

    All credit to the Lol Goodman Band for putting on a superb night of their own original Blues material. The encores asked for and the comments Steve & I received proved that the TBC faithful were well satisfied. We await the release of their, as yet unnamed, new album with eager anticipation.
Graham Woodhouse, True Blues Club

Lol, Graham & Steve of True Blues Club, Jon and James after the gig.