"With close harmonies, multi instrumentation, an instant rapport with the audience and a great mixture of traditional and contemporary songs
the Jones Family certainly have it all. Brian Jones is of course well known
throughout the North West as a member of TTB, one of the most entertaining bands to ever grace the folk scene. The word entertainment also sums up The Jones Family.
Brian, as always, is the consummate professional welding all the parts into a great sound and linking each song with informative introductions and gentle humour. However, all the family play their own part.
Andrew who has obviously inherited his musical talent from his "old man" is
equally at home on mandolin, bouzouki and bass as well as guitar and recently completed a major tour of Australia with country star Charlie Landsborough. Daughters Laura and Sam provide great vocals and chip in on mandolin, bass and piano. Mum Helen also joins the line up for part of the evening adding
even further depth to their vocal presence.” D.C.M.
Fort Perch Rock - Jones Family Band (REVIEW):
“From the outset, being surrounded by Merseybeat memorabilia in a cellar of the Fort, Perch Rock, New Brighton, at first made our visit to see the JONES FAMILY BAND an interesting one in this unusual venue.
A short set from Steve Barker the event organiser of this fundraising event went off well once Steve had mastered his high stool. A nice mix of known and own stuff set the evening up nicely for his special guests. And what wonderful guests they were.
Mum and Dad (Helen and Brian) with Andrew, Laura and Sam produced two sets of superb traditional and contemporary music played on a variety of string instruments.
Brian's days with the Tom Topping Band are legend and Andrew has vast experience of the music scene. Sam, Laura and Andrew were members of the Tom Topping Big Band so they are no strangers to the stage and Helen has now returned to the folk scene after many years in the background ' being mum'.
Altogether I must say that their choice of material was first class with bags of opportunity for chorus singing by the enthralled audience. Amos and Rocks and Ian Chesterman songs are some of my favourites and I was delighted to hear them in the sets. When there are five performing together, good stagecraft and humour are very important factors.
This band has it in abundance all delivered with a wealth of banter and mickey taking. The JFB produced probably one of the best nights of folk music I have attended for a very long time.
It was - 'Folk music with a smile on its face'.
The best news is that Angela and I have booked them for our '8th Wirral Folk on the Coast Festival' next June – see www.wirralfolkonthecoast.com and before then you can catch them at Parkgate Folk Club on 26th January 2012. "Thanks gang for an absolutely brilliant night".” Written by "John Owen"