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Fans of live music in for a real treat; ALAN NICHOL brings you the latest news from the roots music scene in the region.

Byline: ALAN NICHOL

YOUNG Edinburgh country-rock/ blues band, The Holy Ghosts, travel down to the Cluny for a show with some local support tonight.

The band formed three years ago and promptly released their debut EP, which was called Devil On Your Side, with Scottish producer Garry Boyle (Broken Records, The Banana Sessions and Stanley Odd) and Owen Morris (Oasis, The View).

Subsequently, they went on to release the follow-up EP Voodoo Shakedown in March 2013 and won the Best Newcomer category in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards.

Producer, Morris, later said of the band: "The Holy Ghosts are the best live band on the Scottish music scene by far."

They shared the stage with the Proclaimers (at Heb Celt Festival) and supported Alabama 3 at Glasgow's O2. An even bigger gig saw them open for Status Quo (in front of 5,000-plus in March last year.

The Holy Ghosts released their debut album, Ride Them Down, last May and subsequently played a couple of soldout shows in their home city and another sold out gig in Glasgow.

Also on the bill are a couple of local acts. The tongue in cheek duo, Yoko Oko, is an impromptu offshoot of the Dead Indians while the Monkey Junk duo deliver the pre-war blues of Charlie Patton and Blind Willie Johnson.

Next Wednesday night in Cluny 2 there is what promises to be a high-voltage double bill when the Delta Bombers and The Revolutionaires provide the sparks.

The Delta Bombers were formed in 2008 in Las Vegas "by four young men with way too much tequila and Del Taco in their hands".

Their first album, "Howlin', earned them immediate attention on the national rockin' scene, not least because the record was issued on the entirely appropriate Wild Records.

A blend of rockin' blues, R'n'B and rockabilly is given propulsion by their vicious, driving guitar, guaranteed to make you shake a little something of your own.

The follow-up album Wolf, released in 2013, was seen as a key record, reaching deep into the band's love of Blues and RnR.

They have issued a couple more since then - one of them a live album - and toured hard to spread the word. The Ouseburn may not be the Las Vegas "strip" but for one night it will be the place to be for all high (rockin') rollers.

Joining them on the night will be Durham's much-travelled retro-quartet, The Revolutionaires. The Revs have been tearing up the R'n'B scene for years with their formidable live show.

With influences which include Louis Jordan, Big Joe Turner, Little Richard and Roy Brown the four-piece have spread the word way beyond their native North East.

They have five albums out there but the way to hear them is, without question, live in a club atmosphere. On that basis, Cluny 2 sounds tailor-made.

The fact that there will be another hot-wired foursome also on the bill should only serve to create temperatures equivalent to that of a sun-spot!

Saturday, August 1, offers the chance to catch a triple-bill night in the Cluny with yet more local flavour.

The Newcastle-based blues/R'n'B fivepiece, The King Bees, are joined by Holy Moly & the Crackers and blues-based solo-act, Lomax, for another night celebrating the music from a (largely) bygone era.

The King Bees major in post-WWII blues and old-style rhythm and blues - with harmonica and electric-guitar creating the focus - tipping the hat in the direction of several Chicago greats like Muddy, Little Walter etc.

Holy Moly & the Crackers describe themselves as "gypsy,folk and roll" which gives them a pretty broad canvas on which to display their work.

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 24, 2015
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