THE DEVON ALLMAN PROJECT / DUANE BETTS - Manchester Academy 3 - 08.09.18

TERRY MARLAND

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The Devon Allman Project brings together two sons whose fathers were members of the Allman Brothers Band. Devon son of Greg Allman and Duane Betts son of Dickey. Together with a band of highly skilled musicians they bring their show to Manchester tonight in front of a packed Academy 3 audience.

 

It’s Duane Betts who gets proceedings underway with a 35-minute set of self-penned numbers. Starting with a solo acoustic number, ’Jeanette’, he is later joined by other members of the Project who will alternate duties all evening.

 

It’s a set that gathers momentum throughout and peaks with the final track ‘Hot Lanta’ an instrumental, which features some fine dual guitar playing from Betts and Johnny Scochela, and introduces the audience to Nicholas David playing a mean Hammond Organ. The set is a fitting introduction to the evening and prepares the audience for what is to be a very special night.

 

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After a short break the Devon Allman Project take to the stage. The opening two numbers are from Devon’s back catalogue starting with ‘Mahalo’ an eight-minute instrumental where Allman demonstrates his guitar-playing prowess. This followed by ‘Alive” and Its immediately apparent that this band is a tight unit who thrive on teamwork. They move on as Devon announces “we’re gonna take you back to 72” as they launch into the Spinners classic ‘I’ll be Around’. Part way through Devon asks “Do you want to hear my man play some funk bass? “ and Justin Corgan obliges with a stunning bass solo.

 

The soulful ‘Left My Heart in Memphis’ is followed by ‘Blue Sky’ much to the delight of the Manchester gathering.

 

As the evening progresses, the professionalism of the gathered musicians is all too evident. The guitar work of Jackson Stokes is inspirational while the percussionists R Scott Byron and John Lum are   flawless throughout.

 

Mid-set, the band take seats at the front of the stage for the next two numbers, a Grateful Dead cover ‘Friend of the Devil’ and then a sublime take on the Allman’s classic ‘Melissa’ 

 

At this point Devon leaves the stage for other members of the band to take the spotlight. An extended version of Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Goin’ On’ showcases the stunning vocal and Hammond organ playing talents of Nicholas David and is followed by “In Memory of Elizabeth Reid” a lengthy jazz influenced instrumental written by Dicky Betts in which his son Duane excels on guitar.

 

Devon returns for the two-song encore, the first being Don Henley’s ‘Boys of Summer’ followed up with the number the crowd have been requesting all night, the Allman’s classic ‘Midnight Rider’.

 

The departing crowd do so in the knowledge that they have witnessed something special. 

 

Devon Allman                             Vocals and Guitar

Duane Betts                                Vocals and Guitar

Nicholas David                             Vocals and Hammond Organ

R Scott Byron                               Percussion

John Scochela                             Guitar

John Lum                                      Drums

Jackson Stokes                             Guitar

Justin Corgan                                Bass

 

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