|Friday 21 February 2014 @ 09:00pm : -
Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke
Fran McGilliivray & Mike Burke started playing folk, roots and blues venues in the late 1970s and appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1977 following the release of their album "Into the Light"
In the mid 1990s they formed the urban blues band So Long Angel, releasing two CDs, "Would it Matter" and "Falling", and touring extensively. In recent times Mike and Fran have been playing mostly as a duo, enjoying the intimacy of this style and producing two CDs "Restless" and "The Road that you Believe In", which have been very well received and were great fun to record.
Last year, they toured the UK as members of the Spikedrivers Blues Roots Revue and had such a ball that they decided to expand their sound a little, so they got together with Roger Nunn, the drummer from So Long Angel to form the Fran McGillivray Band. They are loving playing as a trio, with Roger switching between full kit and djembe, and produce a highly distinctive sound, with lots of scope for dynamics, interplay and rhythmic improvisation. In addition to original songs, their live set features their take on songs by Little Walter, Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon as well as numbers by some of the great women of the blues - Bessie smith, Big Momma Thornton, Etta James and Memphis Minnie.
They are really pleased with the new Fran McGilliivray Band CD "Some Luck", released in June 2013, which is made up mainly of original songs written by Mike and Fran, some featuring special guest Alan Glen blowing some great harmonica. The songs have a broad range of tones, textures and themes, but they''re all rooted in the music we love - the Blues.