The first disc is devoted to the Duo (Kyla and Danny) and Trio (add Tony Marshall), whilst the second disc captures Kyla in full pomp, tearing down the house at the 2012 Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne. ‘Ball and Chain’ is unbelievable, and the family patriarch, Victor, joins in for a romping ‘Wang Dang Doodle’.
The Duo performances form the heart of the set, however, as the impact of soul power is felt most at close quarters. Here there is space for restraint and beauty as well as exhilaration and passion. And there is also the thumb. Danny Blomeley’s digit is a phenomenon in itself, as it walks freely over the frets independent of the (strenuous) activity of his other fingers. A word too for Kyla’s flute. A rare instrument in blues music, Kyla’s flute is used here as an extension of arguably the best voice in the UK.