This site is the sister site to The House Concert Hub community and has been inherited in the main by kind donation of Shaun Belcher and Trailer Star.
It is the sum total of over ten years of tending a tender love of music by Shaun, a life time with Trailer Star and five or so years of an association with Rob Ellen from Medicine Music.
The House Concert Hub community will use it for the purpose of providing a online, all singing all dancing, review and preview area for the music of the community, and the music community at large. Have a look around tell your friends use the share button, tell the world.
We need reviewers, the idea is we have a correspondents in every area of the musical global village, it will be edited and co-ordinated by Rob Ellen of Medicine Music publicist promoter and presenter, if you wish to subscribe as a correspondent, join up here and drop Rob a line, he will send you cd's and send you to shows, display and publicise your content.
Here starts an other adventure.
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Based in Scotland covering Europe, FSR working with The House Concert Hub 1st for the latest releases, tour info, & the best roots radio.
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Here is Dick La Masters checking in with FSR before they head over.
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The Delines are heading to Europe next week
This direct from the wire.
"We’ve recorded a tour CD just for this run, only a thousand available. It’s called Scenic Sessions and its being made as we speak. Check out the song Gold Dreaming from the record on our website. For those of you who can't make a show to…Continue
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When the movie of Andy Gunns life is made as I believe it surly will, it should open with the words "Andy Gunn is The Blues"
It is impossible to talk about Inverness based guitarist songwriter Gunn's life and music without telling the back story of his health issues. Here is the story board - Born a haemophiliac, Andy was under doctors orders from the onset and like all kids his life was full of scrapes & bumps, unlike other kids every graze on football park and fall from a tree brought with it life threading problems.
A guitar brought into the house by his parents at an early age would prove to be, not for the last time. a savour to Andy. His wayward energy effectively and productively channelled. Soon he'd back tracked through his fathers rock collection and alighted on the Blues masters like Lightning Hopkins and Muddy Waters, with the music of his native Highlands all around him, his musical road was opening up before him.
A precocious then prodigious talent blossomed, even by the time he was ready to leave School he had signed a worldwide recording contract with Pointblank, Virgin's blues label, with his school band Jumpin' The Gunn.
Travelling to Memphis, he rubbed shoulders and exchanged riffs with Al Green’s rhythm section and Pops Staples to name a few... a high soon to be followed by an inevitable low (its The Blues and its Andy Gunn remember!). Point Blank refused point blank to follow up the critical appeal and acclaim of the CD, Andy returned home.
After decompressing from that disappointment, back in Scotland more high times gradually ensued, he released an album with Provogue and played alongside many acts including The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, with members of Gary Moore's Midnight Blues Band, with Martin Stephenson (who remains a pivotal supporter and will enter the story again) and toured with 4 time British Blues best harp player Errol Linton. As well as that he landed the support for Buddy Guy at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, jammed with Albert Collins in London, put together a big band of Highland Blues and Jazz musicians for a one off sell-out show in Inverness Town Hall and backed up Geno Washington at the first Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival.
He then went off in search of America on a trail of discovery where he met and jammed with many other great musicians in the big music centres such as New York, Chicago, Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans... sparking the comment "Damn, I didn't know they picked cotton in Scotland!".. all the time, soaking up the inspiration and walking the avenues of his musical heroes.
It was about this time tragedy struck again, Andy fell foul of the Factor 8 blood debacle & fiasco and became infected by blood bought from the States by the National Health Service in turn infected with Hep.C, HIV Aids and other deadly impurities.
I said to Andy in a recent Radio interview "Is this about the time you have your first bought of cancer or your first heart attack?" to which he answered in typically accepting and downplaying fashion " Yes I'v had cancer twice but I've only had one heart attack and I don't count it, that was just a particularly bad day"
Andy subsequently became the leading voice of protest for justice for his fellow Factor 8 sufferers and his musical energies for the next 5 years or so would go hand in hand with this struggle, his battle with cancer and 3 self produced albums entitled “Flip Flop Kinetics”, “Bonar Bridge Sessions”, "Regional Variations" and constant gigging between specialist treatments here and in London fuelled his music which became infused with a sound brimming with soul, struggle and syncopation.
However just when wider success on all fronts was looking inevitable for Andy!! you guessed it, that unwanted bed fellow "disaster" struck again, in the guise of a violent breakdown, which saw his well documented incarceration at her majesties pleasure and to her doctors recommendation.
Re-enter the afore mentioned Martin Stephenson who sought Andy out, brought him recording equipment and valuable expertise in producing great albums. Together they set about producing a CD remotely with support of their fraternity of musicians around the country and the experience of these lost years manifested in his current record "The Miracle Of Healing" and stands testament to that fact and the immense power of Andy Gunn's spirit and his spirited playing.
I am delighted to announce he now has a band of fellow talented Highlanders. They are out and about gigging, recently pulling a huge crowed and knocking them dead at Belladrum Festival.
His new album ‘Miracle Of Healing’ has now been released and is available from www.andygunn.net
Andy is a true guitar great of the old school and a living blues legend of the modern age, working title for the movie "The Miracle Of Healing"? Why not? It just about says it all.
See a video from Belladrum and listen to this remarkable album below
Andy Gunn (and band) here back with Jumpin' The Gunn vocalist Vikki Kitson
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Each June The Medicine Show & Vanity Fare in conjunction with The House Concert Hub & Flyinshoes Review presents Americana Cavalcade our Country Music Celebration and Family Fun Day with local, national and international acts as part of Gold Cup Weekend at Perth Racecourse.
Introducing Scotland's Dark Green Tree, our tip for great things in 2015, produced and championed by Boo Hewerdine and BBC Radio Scotland's Janice Forsyth Show.