Very sad to say that Gav Warrender, our drummer over the last few years, has decided to quit the band and that our forthcoming gig at the Cluny on the 1st September will be his last.Gav stepped in in the run up to the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues 2012 competition and has really helped to take the music to a higher level – with rock solid drumming and his interaction with Richy on bass making for a really tight and dynamic rhythm section, great ideas on arrangements and harmony vocals giving some of our tracks that extra lift. However, he has other projects and priorities and a young family and has decided that he can’t commit the time.
I say we’ve taken our music to a higher level, but don’t take my word for it – here’s some feedback from punters at the 2nd Northern Blues Festival, Ashington:
“If there was a tax on raw talent, you lads would be penniless –
But there’d be no national deficit!”
“A breath of fresh air”
And this classic, overheard in the gents at this year’s New Brunswick Battle of the Blues North East heat in Redcar:
“Who’s gonna win then?”
“Either number 1 or number 5”
[The Hookahs or Street Corner Blues – perennial finalist Chris James with harp maestro Martin Fletcher]
“Not them 3 lads, that made all that racket?”
“Nah – too young, too good looking”
One thing’s for sure – we’ll be pulling out all the stops at the Cluny, so come on down if you can make it for an another afternoon of great live blues and more in the Ouseburn valley and one last chance to see the band in it’s original line-up.
We’ll be looking for a replacement drummer over the next few weeks.