Blues Rock Aberdeen is Graham Robertson and Kenny Taylor and was initially formed in 2014 to bring quality live bands to Aberdeen that might not necessarily be well known or venture this far north. Traveling the length and breadth of the UK to attend concerts, it became apparent from talking to musicians and other promoters that bands would relish the chance to play Aberdeen.
The immediate challenge was to book an artist and venue for the first gig and that honour fell to Ryan McGarvey who took his band to The Tunnels in June 2014. Supported by Aberdeen’s very own Gerry Jablonski & the Electric Band, it was a healthy attendance even though Ryan was only known to a few. He returned to play at Café Drummond (Drummonds) in October 2016.
Next up was Scotland’s best blues rock band The Nimmo Brothers who hadn’t played Aberdeen since 2001. Such was the response from the audience that they returned in 2015 to play a sold out show at Drummonds. During that time they won many awards but decided not to tour in 2016 or 2017 so that Alan could concentrate on his other band King King and Stevie with his own trio. Stevie played The Tunnels in 2015 and again at Drummonds in 2016 as part of a co-headline tour with Ben Poole.
2015 also saw Blues Rock Aberdeen book Virgil & The Accelerators who are more rock than blues and bands like this will continue to be booked. Laurence Jones also played The Tunnels in this year and followed that up with a return, this time at Drummonds in 2016. Laurence won Young Artist of the Year in the British Blues Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
February 2016 saw the Aberdeen debut of Devon Allman when he played The Tunnels to a large, appreciative crowd. Having the son of Gregg Allman and nephew of Duane was a true honour for Blues Rock Aberdeen.
2017 will be the busiest year yet and got off to a fantastic start with Ben Poole in February. The Stevie Nimmo Trio returned in March and played Blues Rock Aberdeen’s first gig at the Lemon Tree. March also saw the Aberdeen debut of Sari Schorr and the Engine Room to an appreciative and enthusiastic crowd. The guitarist in her band is Innes Sibun who used to be the axeman for Robert Plant. The next gig at The Lemon Tree in April saw the return of favourite Laurence Jones with a new 4 piece band with Aberdeen’s own Gerry Jablonski opening the proceedings. A highlight for the responsive crowd was Gerry joining the band for an extended jam for the last 2 songs.
Future confirmed gigs are :
Devon Allman Band / Main Street Blues @ the Lemon Tree on 7 May
Gerry Jablonski Band / Tommy Bentz Band @ Drummonds on 19 May
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