Keen blues afficionados are in for a rare treat at Macarts in Galashiels when Gary Martin presents his Blues and Jazz Review.
On Saturday, November 26, audiences will hear some of Scotland’s finest blues musicians - The Jensen Interceptors and Blues and Beyond, with special guest John Burgess.
The evening opens with a boogie piano solo from Richard O’Donnell followed by Blues and Beyond with Neil Warden on Weissenborn lap steel guitar/electric guitar, Gary Martin on harmonica/vocals and Jim Walker on drums.
Gary and Neil are ex-members of one of the legendary Tam White’s groups - Shoestring Band - and bring a similar level of musicality. The band explores different musical styles from around the globe in a polished and well-crafted performance.
John Burgess, on saxophone and clarinet, weaves call and response notes between Gary’s harmonica playing and Neil’s melodic strings on songs such as Ray Charles’ ‘Ain’t That Fine’.
One of the highlights of the first set is Neil Warden’s moving interpretation of soul classic ‘People Get Ready’.
With the Jenson Interceptors headlining, audiences will be taken on a musical journey both plaintive and thrilling. The Interceptors, a five-piece classic blues band, featuring John Bruce on guitar and fronted by harmonica ace Gary Martin, know how to shift throught the gears with enthusiasm and panache.
Blasting out numbers by Paul Butterfield and Sonny Boy Williamson, they can still drop the tempo for original ballad, ‘Walk Away’, and find space for a solo spot from drummer Jim Gordon.
Joined at the end by John Burgess and Neil Warden for a full blooded workout of ‘Hip Shake’, the band put all their energy into a relentless boogie that pulls out wild solos and leave the audience in a satisfied blues sweat.
Performance starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10, more information is available from www.macarts.sco