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Bucket-load of tears

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

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FRIDAY, October 26, 2012 is a date that will be etched on the handkerchiefs of many a bereft Cornish music fan.

For it was that night the Bucket Boys hung up their mops and played their final date due to ill health.

With one of the finest pedigrees of any band in the land and renowned for their passion, skill and – something which a lot of bands forget – wit, the Bucket Boys will be sorely missed in the county.

But you can relive the band's 12 years of blues-inflected R&B with their final CD, Sleight Of Hand.

Just look at the pedigree of this most popular of Cornish live bands:

Steve Turner is an accomplished slide, lap steel and guitar player (just listen to his subtle slide playing on the new album's So Fine). He has featured on tours, gigs and recordings with many artists such as Kirsty MacColl, Ralph McTell, Pete Murphy, Lloyd Green, Billy Jo Spears, Howard Hughes and TWA, as well as Kneehigh Theatre.

Steve joined Bucket Boys' singer Rick Worthy, his longtime gigging associate, way back with Greased Lightnin' and later they formed Ricky's Red Rockers. They both also helped Jean-Patrick Capdevielle get his album to No 1 in France, and Bunk Dogger And The Dogs have a high chart single in the UK.

Tim Renwick has become well known for his work as a studio session guitarist and sideman. A founder member of Quiver, who later joined forces with The Sutherland Brothers, he had his first UK record success with Lying In The Arms Of Mary (along with Willie on drums).

On record and in concert he has played with Al Stewart (Year Of The Cat and seven more albums), Elton John, Eric Clapton, Mike Oldfield, Dionne Warwick, Roger Waters, Tom Jones, David Bowie, Mike & the Mechanics and extensively with Pink Floyd – over 300 stadium shows worldwide and all live recordings / broadcasts from 1987 to Live 8 in 2005.

Back to Mr Worthy who has worked in theatre with Footsbarn, Orchard Theatre, Liverpool Everyman, The Theatre Royal Plymouth, The Hub Theatre School and The Barbican Theatre, Plymouth as an actor, singer and director.

Rick also organises events and festivals, notably the Port Eliot Lit Fest.

Drummer Willie Wilson was also with The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver. He has worked with the touring version of Pink Floyd, performing on the concerts and film soundtrack of The Wall, as well as playing on David Gilmour's first solo album and on the more recent On An Island. He has also performed with Lonnie Donegan, Syd Barrett, Hank Wangford, Joe Brown and Ralph McTell.

Irishman David Quinn moved to Cornwall in the late 1970s after stints with London band The Movies and Lene Lovich.

He and late guitarist-singer Al Hodge formed The Mechanics (then the session rhythm section at Sawmills recording studio) in 1978.

Sessions and touring have included work with Paul Brady, Leo Sayer, Elkie Brooks, Robert Palmer, Linda Lewis, Ralph McTell and many others.

He also plays with Grooveyard dc, formed with longtime associate and another acclaimed Cornwall-based musician Jo Partridge.

See what you've been missing, if you didn't ever catch Bucket Boys live?

Never mind, there's always the excellent Sleight Of Hand to keep you warm on these cold Cornish nights with its rocking, rolling, Motowning, bluesing, Staxing, bopping jams.

There are smooth interpretations, with the right amount of rough-round-the-edges, versions of the upbeat (Nowhere To Run) to the slinky (Crazy Bout An Automobile is a brilliant demonstration of all the members' stellar playing ... and growling) and the surprisingly emotional (Rick in fine voice on the southern weeping of Bon Temps Rouler).

And if you just want some good downhome boogie then check out their version of JJ Cale's They Call Me The Breeze.

If you would like to know more about this fine collective's swansong then head to www.bucketboys.co.uk

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  • 28daysearlier  |  November 15 2012, 1:26PM

    I was fortunate to see the Bucket Boys at a packed to the rafters Hall for Gwinear in October this year, in what will now turn out to be one of their final gigs. They were fantastic and went down a storm and were top guys to boot. So nice and approachable. If you missed these guys, you've missed a real treat. I'm so pleased to have seen them. I wish them all the best in their future endeavours!