Denise Black’s Loose Screw at The Cellars at Eastney

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Folk rock would not usually be my first choice of music.

Having said that, Friday night at The Cellars was actually quite a pleasant experience.

Denise Black’s Loose Screw were trying out new material at an intimate gig before they start to record their first album.

Not all the new songs worked, but there were highlights in a few of the more upbeat numbers such as The Lovely Doreen.

There can be no denying that ex-Coronation Street actress Denise Black has stage presence. She was funny, entertaining and welcoming. Nobody walked out of The Cellars without feeling like they had made a friend in Denise.

Comedy moments were found in Denise’s quick-witted one-liners and in a cover of Joanna Carlin song Anyway My Guru Says No.

The band are all mature musicians and their experience shone through. Graeme Taylor, of Home Service and Gryphon fame, was on lead guitar, while Dedi Madden from Zero 7 was on the bass.

A rarely seen autoharp made an appearance and Denise looked at her happiest when playing it.

Members from Langstone Sailing Club were in the audience to support Denise, who comes from Bedhampton and is a lifelong member of the club.

KIMBERLEY BARBER