Edinburgh Blues Club has taken the opportunity to book two of the USA's most prominent Blues Acts of the moment, Sugaray Rayford and Rick Estrin & The Nightcats.
With both visiting the UK for their appearance at January's 'Great British Rock and Blues Festival' in Skegness, we decided to take the gamble of bringing both to Edinburgh for what will be each artists' sole Scottish appearance.
Financially, this represents a big gamble for Edinburgh Blues Club, however we viewed it as a gamble worth taking given the standing and quality of the respective artists and the opportunity to bring them to the Scottish audience.
Edinburgh Blues Club is a Social Enterprise established to harness popular support for a regular blues events in Edinburgh to ensure that the city and surrounding areas do not miss out on quality touring blues acts.
The club provide a monthly blues event, featuring touring blues acts from the UK and beyond, with support from the finest local blues artists. The Edinburgh Blues Club is run on a member subscription basis, where club members can pay £12 per month in return for access to the monthly events and newsletter. Tickets are also on public sale at Ticketweb and Tickets Scotland.
More info at http://edinburgh-blues.co.uk
Sugaray Rayford is an American electric blues singer and songwriter. He has released four albums to date and in 2018 was nominated for four awards at the 39th annual Blues Music Awards. The four nominations were for;
Soul Blues Album - The World That We Live In
Soul Blues Male Artist
Intsrumentalist - Vocals
B.B King Entertainer of the Year
When Sugaray belts out a song, you not only hear it, you feel it. The excitement in the room is palpable when he takes the stage; he is a superb vocalist and entertainer. His dynamic voice is large just like the man himself. With his old school vocal style , echoes of Muddy Waters, Otis Redding and Teddy Pendergrass can be heard. At 6'5'' he is a big man, but he moves with grace and energy.
Sugaray has fronted his own band since 2010. This band is made up of world-class musicians who tour extensively internationally.
Seldom in modern blues do you find a specialist vocalist who can command an entire venue purely with his vocal chords. This is a chance to witness one of the finest singers and performers in modern blues.
Sugaray is a first-rate blues artist with a deep-running, church honed soulfulness.
Recently heralded as ‘a great lost Scottish talent and one of our finest ever blues players’, Andy Gunn’s inspirational return to the music scene was proclaimed, in his own undeniable style, by the acclaimed 2015 album Miracle of Healing.
Andy’s truly original, intuitive and soulful playing has drawn comparisons to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix. He has shared the stage and billing with some big names too – highlights of his career this far include supporting Buddy Guy at The Queens’ Hall, jamming with Albert Collins and backing Geno Washington at the first Belladrum Festival.
Andy pays tribute to his parents for the gift of his first guitar at an early age, and to his mother’s rock’n’roll collection for leading him to Blues masters like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Muddy Waters. This early development formed a precocious talent – Andy’s first band Jumpin’ the Gunn were signed by Virgin’s blues label, Point Blank, and they travelled to Memphis just as he was leaving school. This early experience gave Andy the enviable opportunity to learn from and exchange riffs with Al Green’s rhythm section and Pop Staples, to name a few. Here, his raw talent developed into a prodigious touch which led to Andy being ranked as a world class talent.
When Andy returned to Scotland, a new chapter in his career began. He played alongside The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, with members of Gary Moore’s Midnight Blues Band, Martin Stephenson, and toured with 4 times British Blues best harp player Errol Linton. Years later Andy was to return to the US, on a voyage of musical discovery touring New York, Chicago, Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans, jamming with many great musicians, igniting the music scene and sparking the comment ‘damn, I didn’t know they picked cotton in Scotland!’.
Advance tickets £17 stbf from Ticketweb, Tickets Scotland. Buy online here. Over 18 only.