Friday, January 17, 2014

Band Profile - Bonnie Mac Band

Band Profile - Bonnie Mac Band

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Members and Instruments
Sheila McFarlane - Vocals
Craig Jackson - Bass
John Sharpe - Drums
Geoff Waddington - Guitar
Ian Scaife - Harmonica

Was the act called anything else previously? 
Yes Bonnie Mac Blues Band

Describe your sound in one sentence
Fantastic range of quality blues, with sultry vocals, rocking guitar, blistering harmonica and a strong rhythm section.

What is your "mission"? 
To write and perform our own modern blues

If the act was an animal or bird, which would it be? 
A proud lion

What the others say
"I was delighted to meet the band who travelled all the way from West Yorkshire to debut here in Chorley at BJ’s. This five piece band really delivered the goods a mixture of classic blues covers. The lovely Sheila Mac took centre stage with her sultry subtle blues delivery and has been recognised for her vocal renditions within the music business by recently being an inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame as Great Blues Artist. The FLOOD the bands new original single is an excellent number and shows the many skills the band has, I was impressed in that they had only been together for two years such is the bands understanding and feeling the groove. Talking of feeling the groove step forward Ian Scaife a great harmonica player a nugget of a find he was brilliant, his playing of “ On the road Again” by Canned Heat was spot on and “Down in the Dirt” by Nine Below Zero was exceptional. The rhythm section was the backbone throughout the entire performance Craig (Boom) Jackson on a cracking bass guitar and on the skins John (Razor) Sharp and lastly the man on lead guitar with his riffs and flicks and effects was Geoff Waddington a compendium of talent from him. The covers the band performed were from Junior Wells, Big Mama Thornton, Lucille Bogan, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gary Moore and Koko Taylor, the list went on – marvellous stuff. This honest blues band earned their corn they were better than terrific."  
Keith Blackledge, National & International Music Reviewer

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What are you most looking forward to about playing at HBBF14?

A chance to play our original modern blues by officially launching our debut album ‘Pleasures and Pains’ at the Best UK Blues Festival 2012 and 2013.

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