A slightly different post: earlier on this year I joined a new band, a blues trio outfit (with great Scottish musicians Simon Kennedy & Miroslaw Hodun), the Simon Kennedy Band. It’s been great fun gigging so far, and all of us are Christians. We enjoy the performance aspect and improvisation, and play in a lot of secular venues. Check out the video (before I had joined):
About The Simon Kennedy Band:
BIO – A GUITAR AND ORGAN DRIVEN BAND, IT WAS FORMED IN 2014 BY DUNDEE BORN GUITARIST SIMON KENNEDY. ENLISTING MIREK HODUN ON THE ORGAN THEY SET ABOUT WRITING AND PRODUCING THEIR DEBUT ALBUM MAKE UP YOUR MIND THEMSELVES WHICH WAS WELL RECEIVED BY CRITICS AND FANS ALIKE WITH BBC RADIO 2’S PAUL JONES SAYING THE BAND WAS “DESERVEDLY THE RECIPIENTS OF A GREAT DEAL OF PRAISE” AND THE INDEPENDENT BLUES BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION VOTING IT THEIR ALBUM OF THE MONTH.
IN 2015 EDINBURGH BASED SESSION DRUMMER BRIAN MACLEOD WAS BROUGHT IN TO COMPLETE THE LIVE LINE-UP OF GUITAR, ORGAN AND DRUMS.
WITH THE SUCCESS OF THE DEBUT ALBUM THEY HAVE BEEN SOUGHT OUT TO PLAY MAJOR FESTIVALS SUCH AS THE ORKNEY BLUES FESTIVAL, PERTH’S SOUTHERN FRIED FESTIVAL AND GLASGOW’S MERCHANT CITY FESTIVAL. AT THE END OF THE YEAR THEY WILL ALSO BE PLAYING AT THE EDINBURGH BLUES CLUB, SCOTLAND’S BIGGEST BLUES CLUB, IN SUPPORT OF BIG JOE LOUIS.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE SAID:
“Deservedly the recipient of a great deal of praise since the album came out”
Paul Jones BBC Radio 2
Blues Matters Magazine
“This is a solid debut album and deserves to be heard for its excellent sound qualities and stirring playing.”
Blues In Britain Magazine
“Cracking album this one”
Dave Watkins, Blues & Roots
(2014 British Blues Awards Independent Blues Broadcaster of the Year)
“Highly accomplished blues release” 5/5
Lins Honeyman, Broadcast Magazine
Paul Stewart, Pablo & The Blues Show
“Funky, defiant and triumphant, these gospel-tinged songs tackle the classic blues themes of faithlessness, hope and heartbreak in an unusually affirmative fashion. His commanding vocal presence is matched by his effervescent guitar.”
The Musician Magazine
The Independant Blues Broadcasters Association voted “Make Up Your Mind” their Album of the Month.