Beyond the Blues at Montrose folk club

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MONTROSE Folk Club look forward to an evening of good time music, Americana and Blues next Tuesday evening when their guests in the Links Hotel are the duo of Eddie Walker, with Fraser Speirs.

One of the first appearances of Eddie and Fraser as a duo was at Montrose Folk Club in 2007, when their performance proved an outstanding success before a near capacity audience. Blues in the Afternoon magazine has described them as “probably the hottest British duo around, doing Americana”.

Their hugely entertaining show together is called “Beyond the Blues”. It takes the listener on a musical tour from the straight-ahead Carolina Country Blues of Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee through the Georgia of Blind Willie McTell, and the Mississippi of Jimmie Rodgers, as far south as the Texas of Bob Wills and his Playboys and north with Woody Guthrie through Missouri, the home of Scott Joplin, and north to the Chicago of Big Bill Broonzy.

In their 2011 UK Tour, the “Beyond the Blues” show of Eddie and Fraser will also cover the Chicago of the Seventies Folk Boom, with contemporary greats like John Prine and Steve Goodman, through guitar pickers such as Mississippi John Hurt, to the Godfather of American Folk and Roots, Doc Watson.

Eddie Walker, otherwise known as “The Ragtime Cowboy”, has appeared previously at Montrose Folk Club, both as a solo performer and as a member of the exceptionally popular duo Carolina Shout, in the company of Welsh guitar wizard, John James.

Fraser Speirs is also a popular figure for the Montrose audience, having performed on several occasions, both in a duo with Rab Noakes, in a dynamic blues combination with the powerful American singer, Adrian Byron Burns, and as an integral member of the band of the late Tam White.

In his own right Eddie is a fine singer and guitarist, as well as having a very funny stage presentation, with lots of jokes and repartee.

Fraser is arguably the number one mouth-harp player in Scotland. He has played with artists as diverse as Love and Money, Karen Matheson and Carol Kydd.

As well as providing superb harmonica layering to Eddie’s songs, Fraser will also contribute guitar and backing vocals.

A gig by Eddie Walker and Fraser Speirs guarantees an entertaining evening of quality up-tempo music which everyone will enjoy. All are welcome at Montrose Folk Club next Tuesday. The doors open at 7.30 pm, with Eddie and Fraser on stage at 8 pm