Bryn Haworth - Rebel Man

Published Sunday 12th April 2015
Bryn Haworth - Rebel Man
Bryn Haworth - Rebel Man

STYLE: Blues
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 156507-23043
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Bryn Haworth seems to be getting even better with age! His current focus on prison ministry has led to excellent releases where the marriage of his compassionate heart to those who are behind bars and the diversity of musical styles gives his latest release a powerful impact. Accompanying the veteran are a great many Haworth stalwarts who add to the quality of the project, including bassist Les Moir, drummers Phil Crabbe and Henry Spinetti and keyboards from Mark Edwards. And I always love it when Bryn adds a horn section into the mix, here supplied by Steve Gregory and Raul d'Olivera. 'Rebel Man' offers a combination of Haworth originals and a few traditional songs and there's plenty to enjoy here with Haworth's trademark slide to the fore in both acoustic and electric guises. "Dancing With The Father" and "Love Me Like You Used To Do" have the horns adding some extra punchy power whilst his version of Bobby Charles' "Why Are People Like That", which has been a live favourite for a while, has a great vibe. Bryn even throws in a reggae groove with the title track (which wouldn't have sounded out of place back in his days on Island records) and features some delicious guitar licks. Another couple of highlights are a return visit to "Moments", a song first featured on 'Grand Arrival', and a gorgeous solo instrumental "Only Believe" which is reminiscent of his earliest work on 'Let The Days Go By'. Overall 'Rebel Man' is Haworth on top form.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Roger in Winchcombe @ 13:00 on May 9 2016

I like the pun contained in the second line which states that Bryn's 'current focus on prison ministry has led to excellent releases'!

May I plug a forthcoming concert by Bryn? It's at 3pm on Sunday 29th May 2016 at Encounter Church, Gretton Road, Winchcombe, Gloucs. and is part of the Winchcombe Festival of Arts & Music. tickets are £8 from the Festival website or on the door if any left.

Posted by Roger Philptt in Winchcombe, Gloucs @ 15:54 on May 8 2016

I particularly like the line in this review which says of Bryn that his 'current focus on prison ministry has led to excellent releases,' I do hope so! surely the pun must have been intended?

Now, am I allowed to plug a fothcoming concert by Bryn at 'Encounter Church' Winchcombe which is part of the 'Winchcombe Festival of Music & Arts'? It's at 3.00 pm on Sunday 29th May 2016, tickets are £8 (£5 for under 18s) and you can buy them and other Winchcombe Festival tickets on

Hope to see you there!

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