Sat 14 May | Doors 7:30pm | £12.50 /£11.50 Under 16s / £14.50 On The Door
Bound together by a superlative level of playing and performance that is rare and precious, Russell deCarle with Denis Keldie and Steve Briggs are as close to joined-at-the-hip perfection as can ever be encountered. The musicianship is dazzling even when the tone is understated and in the gentlest of ‘nice and easy does it’ grooves. Golden-haired Russell delivers his rock ‘n’ roll in crowned-King crooner style as his monstrously talented sidekicks take virtuoso into a stratosphere that lies somewhere between JJ Cale and the very best Gyspy Jazz you ever heard. All three have served their time – this is old-school masterclass.
deCarle famously fronted iconic country roots band Prairie Oyster and is a classy cat whose heart knows how to deliver a lyric. There’s a luxuriously laid back rockabilly edge to the fluent mix of blues, jazz and R&B-tinged western swing that pays homage to some of his all-time favourites. His own songs are refreshing yet familiar all at once. Over the years, Prairie Oyster racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and Number 1 singles. As a songwriter, he carried off two SOCAN Song of the Year accolades – once in 1994, for Prairie Oyster’s first number one single ‘Such A Lonely One’, and again in 2008 for ‘One Way Track’.
Steve Briggs and Denis Keldie both joined him for his first impressive solo effort, 2010’s Under The Big Big Sky, which represented new beginnings for the man. Distilled from the soundtrack he grew up with, and all of the good stuff absorbed since setting out as a performer forty years ago, the set list ends up as full-bodied, rich and satisfying as a bottle of deluxe Scotch whisky.
“I could sing sad songs and ballads all night long,” he says. “I kind of live at 72 beats per minute. Emotionally I think I’ve always been affected by the bluesy side of life; that’s always been what stirs it up for me.”
Venue: Malt Room – cabaret, unreserved seating
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
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