CD Review – Some Luck – Fran McGillivray Band


“Some Luck” is a beautifully crafted CD from the cover design through to the tracks selected to create a complete and harmonious journey of music that takes us through all the emotional pathways of life. So though not traditional blues it is ensconced in the blues genre with the combination of the lyrics and the glorious finger-picking guitar style of Mike Burke. The opening track ‘Big Front Seat‘, is a jolly summertime fun which makes you want to pack a picnic and get out into the country with its country beat and texture. ‘Candle Burning‘ with its harmonica to the fore the guitar taking back place as Fran’s mellow, earthy voice is reflected by the short harmonica bursts creating a bluesy sound that is fresh and suits Fran’s vocals this is a complete song and look forward to hearing it live very soon. In the mix are some great standards including ‘Sitting on Top of The World‘, and ‘Last Fair Deal‘ that have been revamped so that they fit as comfortably as a warm pair of shoes into the repertoire of the band. The clever use of subtle percussion that is present throughout the album is found on a lovely slow-moving song ‘Going Real Slow’ , the percussion sets the pace and Mike and Fran follow the trail they leave creating a quiet, contemplative melody. This is an album that does not rely on clever gimmicks, but is stripped back so that the acoustic qualities of the instruments have centre stage and Fran can be herself and showcase her authentic tuneful voice that takes control of the lyrics and leads the listener into the tale being told. “Some Luck” works as an album and will fit it anyone’s collection if they love acoustic simplicity that is easy listening not because it blurs into the background but because it has that laid-back easy feel of country-blues.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD a doodle rating of

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Colourful mix of roots based music from this exciting, innovative band “These musicians are the real deal” David Hirst A3 Music

Friday 16th August Fran McGillivray Band – The Bentworth Blues Festival, The Star Inn, Bentworth, Alton, Hampshire GU34 5RBContact: Matt 01420 561224

Friday 30th August – Fran McGillivray Band, Skehan’s Bar 1 Kitto Road , SE14 5TW Contact Bill 0207 207 7134
9 -11pm – Free

Sun 1st Sep 2013 – Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke The Morden Arms, 1 Brand Street, Greenwich, London SE10 8SPContact: 020 8858 2189
4-6:30pm – Free

Tue 10th Sep 2013 – Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke – The Punch & Judy, 11 St. Stephen’s Street, Tonbridge, TN9 2ABContact: Keith Rule 01732 352896
9-11pm – Free

Sat 21st Sep 2013 – Fran McGillivray Band – East Grinstead Real Ale Festival, The Old Dunnings Mill, Dunnings Road, East Grinstead, W. Sussex RH19 4AT Contact: Jan 01342 326341
9-11pm – Free

Sun 22nd Sep 2013 – Fran McGillivray Band – The Red Lion Blues Club, The Red Lion, High Street, Old Town, Stevenage SG1 3VWContact: Trevor 07720 329130
9pm Free

Fri 27th Sep 2013 – Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke – Tartar Frigate, Harbour Street, Broadstairs, CT10 1EUContact: Mike Peters 07881 644816
9-11pm – Free

Fri 4th Oct 2013 – Fran McGillivray Band – The Original Sydenham Blues Club, The Golden Lion, 116 Sydenham Road, Sydenham SE26 5JXContact: Kelly O’Brien 07864 293 254
9-11pm – Free

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