VIDEO: Deke McGee Band in concert in Rothesay

The Isle of Bute Jazz Festival’s monthly winter concert series saw the Deke McGee Band welcomed to the Rothesay stage on Sunday.

The four-piece went down a storm on their Bute festival debut in May of last year, but a schedule clash means they won’t be returning to the 2016 event - making Sunday’s gig at the Victoria Hotel the only opportunity for Bute jazz fans to see the group on the island this year.

The Deke McGee Band in concert at the Victoria Hotel in Rothesay on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

The Deke McGee Band in concert at the Victoria Hotel in Rothesay on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

And while the band’s favoured musical style might not be the ‘trad’ jazz for which the Bute festival has long been best known, their combination of jazz and rhythm ‘n’ blues certainly lit up a dreich Rothesay winter’s afternoon - and the enthusiastic reaction from their audience on Sunday suggested that the band and their energetic style may not be absent from the island’s events calendar for too long.