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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wang Dang Doodle - Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke

In the mid 1990s we formed the urban blues band So Long Angel, releasing two CDs, "Would it Matter" and "Falling", and touring extensively. In recent times Mike and I 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, we toured the UK as members of the Spikedrivers Blues Roots Revue and had such a ball that we decided to expand our sound a little, so we've got together with Roger Nunn, the drummer from So Long Angel to form the Fran McGillivray Band. We're loving playing as a trio, with Roger switching between full kit and djembe . We think we produce a highly distinctive sound, with lots of scope for dynamics, interplay and rhythmic improvisation. In addition to original songs, our live set features our 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. We're really pleased with the new Fran McGillivray Band CD "Some Luck", released in June 2013, which is made up mainly of original songs written by Mike and myself, 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.  

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