One of the PBC patrons' favourite bands, Empire Blues, returns to the stage on Tuesday 12 August.
Andrew McIlroy and the boys (Alan Dawson -bass guitar/vocal and Frank Shinall - drums) recently completed a new CD Blue Diamonds, that was officially released at the Club in January this year.
The title track is a dedication to Mark Vine, who was a close friend of all the members of Empire Blues, but it's also a dedication to the numerous other Blues players who are no longer with us. The other songs are a mix of serious social comment, humour, environmental issues and personal experiences.
The album strongly illustrates how much the band has evolved since its last CD release, Empire Blues (self titled). It captures many varied influences while staying true to its three-piece roots. All the tracks were recorded live with only the vocals being added later.
All three musicians have been stalwarts of the Perth music scene for many years. High-energy blues is very much the staple of the band, which has a well-earned reputation for lifting the roof off many a blues venue. The band also brings together
more traditional elements to many of its songs through the use of Dobro-slide guitar, fretless bass and brushes on the drums for an acoustic (not roots) blues feel. Together with great original tracks from their two full length CD releases, the band also covers material from, John Mayall, Eric Clapton/Cream, The Rolling Stones, Robin Trower, The Animals and many other great British blues artists.
Empire Blues are supported by Connie Kris and David Capper (8pm) and The Brett Muhlhan Blues Band (10pm)
Unfortunately, the Rory Gallagher Blues and Roots Tribute Show due on Tuesday 19 August has had to be postponed due to a broken foot injury suffered by lead guitarist Gary Cox.
"We're bitterly disappointed at having to postpone the show," said Gary, "especially having put so much work and rehersal into this new approach to the tribute."
"However, we are looking forward to rescheduling the gig to later in the year."
The Rory Tribute has been a popular show at the club for many years. But after a break of a few years, we wanted to take a different slant, paying tribute not only to Rory's amazing talents as a blues guitarist, but also to the roots of his Irish culture and the influences that had on his music.
Rory was known for visiting the pubs in Ireland after a gig and playing with the locals until yje early hours of the morning - it's that part of his musical life that we also wanted to capture.
As yet, we have no firm date for the reshedule, but it will be later in the year.
Sorry to all those who were looking forward to the show, but we hope to see you soon.