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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2007-09-04T18:09:49+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=12&t=3914 2007-09-04T18:09:49+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=62878#p62878 <![CDATA[Hep cats and hot dawgs.]]> here y'go from Darlington R+B club 31/8/07...Dawg + Mac.

adios,
Lovat


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2007-07-26T02:47:31+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=61069#p61069 <![CDATA[Hep cats and hot dawgs.]]>
Carol :P

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2007-07-25T22:53:24+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=61065#p61065 <![CDATA[Hep cats and hot dawgs.]]> ......but where's the bass solo?

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2007-07-25T19:27:27+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=61063#p61063 <![CDATA[Hep cats and hot dawgs.]]> I didn't realise I jiggled aboot so much...no wonder I need a snooze between sets !

adios,
Lovat

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2007-07-25T04:07:31+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=61053#p61053 <![CDATA[Hep cats and hot dawgs.]]>

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2007-07-24T17:16:17+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=61044#p61044 <![CDATA[Hep cats and hot dawgs.]]> here is a couple of Youtube flix from Sunday of the 'cats. (Youtube > harmonica Mac and The Groovecats)

Note the funki ol dawg at the back :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTpArPMaSUA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nmi6v3YHuWc

adios,
Lovat

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2007-07-04T19:36:24+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=60189#p60189 <![CDATA[Hep cats and hot dawgs.]]> played a hot set on sat, good groove and humid ..a bit louder than I would have liked but the bar crowd was about 400 big and it needed some whump. 8)

adios,
Lovat

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2007-05-31T18:48:35+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=58624#p58624 <![CDATA[Hep cats and hot dawgs.]]> a review from my old pal and sparring partner Blueswriter :D

adios,
Lovat

Harmonica Mac & The Groovecats
Wake Up Lil' Mama... it's Harmonica Mac & The Groovecats
Self-produced CD (2007)

14 tracks, 67 minutes, excellent. It's a true pleasure getting material of this sort in the mail. While folks on the US side of the big pond may not have a chance to see this band 'live' anytime soon, those holding residence in the UK should be in for a treat. The Groovecats are led by Ian McInally, whose harp and vocal work is squarely rooted in the immediate Post-war era of Chicago and the West Coast, and as Harmonica Mac he gets plenty of solid backing from his Groovecats;
Kevin Parr (guitar), Lovat "Houndog" Fraser (bass), and Andrew "Kid" Davidson (drums). Four of the disc's fourteen tracks are band originals and the crew acquits themselves especially well on That Crazy Woman, which comes straight out of Chicago's southside where McInally berates his woman for not liking Sonny Boy - heady stuff! Mac's own Dancin' Girl and the instrumental Crazy Chrom hold up well next to solid readings of Little Walter's Too Late and My Babe, Sonny Boy's Mighty Long Time, and a trio of George Smith tracks; Red Dress, Oopin' Doopin' Doopin' and Soul Feet. Like many initial releases from blues bands today, the Groovecats want their talent to shine across the board, and a better way to accomplish that on their next project is to avoid the overly common practice of too many songs featuring both harmonica and guitar solos. The strengths present in Mac's harp work and Parr's guitar playing both stand well enough on their own. As a rhythm section, Fraser and Davidson are tighter than a frog's booty (as Muddy used to say). Harmonica Mac & The Groovecats turn in a strong first effort and here's hoping their sophomore release (in the works) will deliver even more.

Email: Info@thegroovecats.co.uk


© 2007 by Craig Ruskey

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2007-04-15T00:28:22+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=56229#p56229 <![CDATA['cats at Burnley Blues Fest/ Times review]]> April 11, 2007
Burnley National Blues Festival
David Sinclair at Burnley

If it is Easter in the North of England, it is time for the Burnley Blues Festival. Now in its nineteenth year, the festival and its expanding fringe hosted an estimated 15,000 people over the weekend, attracted by acts all eager to parade their particular version of three chords and the truth. Walking down Church Street on Friday night was a bit like being in Austin, Texas — a band in every bar and a drink in every hand. Here, guitar trios with names such as Tin Pan Alley and Tony Dowler’s Hellhounds were the norm, their repertoires built around blues-rock standards such as La Grange and Rock Me Baby .

The nerve centre of the event was the Mechanics theatre. Here bands performed continuously both downstairs in Oliver’s Bar and upstairs in the main 450-capacity auditorium. Big guitar solos may have been the calling card of the modern blues era, but this was the year of the harmonica star. From the feelgood western swing grooves of Harmonica Mac and the Groovecats in the downstairs bar to the muscular gutbucket blues of the Californian star Johnny Mastro & Mama’s Boys on the big stage, the harp heroes were everywhere.


But none was more startling than Sugar Blue, who headlined the main stage on Saturday. Best known outside blues circles for his contribution to the Rolling Stones record Miss You , Blue is one of the vituoso players of this deceptively simple instrument. Indeed, his playing was at times more like a bop jazz musician than a blues blower, mixing influences from Charlie Parker to James Cotton as he skated with incredible speed and fluency across the upper register.

But for all the high velocity musicianship on offer it was the authentic R&B tunes and old-school showmanship of Earl Thomas and the Blues Ambassadors that stole the show on Saturday. Thomas, a latterday Otis Redding from Tennessee, performed brilliantly. He brought on the aptly named Hornettes, a two-woman horn section who performed a version of Etta James’s I’d Rather Go Blind during which time stood still.

http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/ ... 636840.ece

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2007-03-27T13:10:05+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=3914&p=55222#p55222 <![CDATA[Hep cats and hot dawgs.]]>
adios,
Lovat

Wake Up Lil mama...it's Harmonica Mac and The Groovecats.
(Coolcat 0000135)


So here..is a CD from Scotland's undisputed top Blues band.Apparently! Initially , this might cause you to wonder whether much debate takes pace in Scotland. But that would be uncharitable . Scotland's might not be my bag, oor , rather sporran - but I know what I like.

That I like is all that needs revealing . I men , the name gives the rest away, blues played at a swinging lilt with a heavy emphasis on the mouth organ. This of-abused instrument , when Mac,aka Ian McInally, gets his teeth into it , sings with the grace of the dawn chorus and emotes with the range and impact of a Shakespearean actor on review night.

This lengthy debut features a multi-coloured tapestry of original numbers interspersed with lusty blues standards.
The siren song is "Dancing Girl"and is one of the originals.. It starts off at a slow drawl , the guitar strings bending like willows in a gale , the harp adds to the moodiness, plaintively wailing with all the expression of a reality TV racist denying her prejudice, the crescendo , slow and yet powerful is brilliant in its understatement.

Somewhat like the album , through which only the most cloth eared philistine would choose to sleep.

Ratings: 8- Johnathan Blackstaffe. Blues in Britain.

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