Affectionately known as The Caffs, this powerful five-piece band from Newcastle hit the stage of the Centenary Centre with an evening of original music which easily equalled the power of the famous Newki Brown ale, moving effortlessly between a range of styles, which included roots, acoustic, soul and rock.
The Caffreys love of music stretches back to childhood when the three brothers took every opportunity to sing together, and although one of them has now stepped back from the limelight, the current line-up still delivers a punchy repertoire; recognised last year when they were selected as finalists in the BBC television series UK's Best Part Time Band.
An earlier incarnation, which toured with Fairport Convention and Jim Capaldi, was hailed as Britain's answer to The Eagles, but it was perhaps Phil Caffrey's song writing skills, unsurprisingly, which caught the attention of major music publishers. A co-written song of his was subsequently recorded by Kiki Dee.
Their debut live performance on the Isle of Man was spellbinding, as the audience reflected the unmistakable enjoyment of band members as they powered their way through several original numbers.
The Caffreys proved to be expert musicians, incorporating the almost sensual rhythm of two electric guitars and the crafted ability of the multi-instrumentalist Rachel Bailey who roved between violin, keyboard and accordion with aplomb.
An appreciative audience warmed to their undoubted expertise, ultimately enjoying a double sided encore which included the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah.
Are they coming back soon? Let's hope so.
(Photos courtesy of Peter Morrison)
© May 2017