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Sunday evening blues/ rock club gigs are a gamble at the best of times but when you’re outside of the city centre, one major public transport service down (Glasgow’s Subway line stops early on a Sunday), have a venue curfew and a big ticket playing but a mile away (in this case Foreigner), that gamble becomes one where even the dice are loaded against you.
But having two local bands on the bill and a headliner who is one of the voices in blues rock certainly helps narrow the odds; hence a decent sized crowd for Sari Schorr and her new live line-up, ably supported by Andrew Robert Eustace and the Brian Rawson Band.
The latter are a well-known and well respected act around these here parts and further afield, but this is also a new start in many ways for Brian Rawson and his band.
Personnel changes over recent years have conspired to scupper any chance of a solid core within the group but with front man Peter Scallan and a fuller sound with the addition of keyboardist Alan Hearton the band hopefully now have stability, as well as the clear ability, to deliver classic covers (including an assured 'Sitting on Top of the World') and top-notch original material (such as the melodically charged 'Coming Back to You') alike.
All of which bodes well for the album expected later in the year.
Jay Jay McMeekin made his debut with the band at HRH Blues on April 14th at the O2 Academy in Sheffield, as did drummer extraordinaire, Tom Potter, who is off to London in September to study at the famous Guildhall School of music & Drama.
Good luck Tom!
We played the first HRH a few years back in Hafan Y Mor, North Wales, and it was great meeting and seeing a lot of great bands at this year's and we got some great reviews:
Get Ready to Rock
“...following them was the Brian Rawson Band, a more traditional sounding blues outfit and Brian certainly has the pedigree to take a higher billing.”
“Brian Rawson suffers some technical problems, which are dealt with efficiently before he delivers a high-energy plugged in set filled with plenty of power and passion.”
Tears Of Fire Photography
“Playing both an acoustic and electric set on the second Stage the guys sounded great despite the fact as a band they are still getting used to each other.Great debut for Peter Scallan on Vocals.”
Down the Front Media
“Opening the second stage, BRIAN RAWSON BAND delivered heavy riffs and melodic old-school blues rock.”
The cover of the 2017 calendar from the Les Paul Forum was a montage of Les Paul players such as Joe Bonamassa, Bernie Marsden, Greg Martin....and me!
Ross Muir's review of our gig with Sari Schorr at the Oran Mor earlier this year can be found at: http://www.fabricationshq.com/sari-schorr---oran-mor-glasgow.html
Scroll here to see what Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash had to say about the band!