No stranger to the Bute stage, ‘Blue Swamp Band’ will be making a very welcome return to the island tonight (Saturday, October 29).
Formed by songwriting duo Johnny ‘Guitar’ Williamson (former guitarist with ‘The Animals and Friends’), and Mike Bowden (vocalist with Dr Truth), their unique sound has been enhanced with the addition of a red hot rhythm section, with Big Vern on drums and Jim Moseley on bass.
Original songs encompass elements from a variety of genres, while remaining rooted in blues. Four part harmonies and hilarious between-song ramblings all add to the experience that is Blue Swamp.
Johnny has a very impressive and enviable history, having played with many greats, such as Steve Cropper (Booker T and the MG’s), Spencer Davis, Chris Farlow and Mick Green ( The Pirates, Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry) Jerry Donahue, Zoot Money and Creedence Clearwater Revived.
During his distinguished career he has opened for Rory Gallagher, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Deep Purple, Cream, Jethro Tull, John Mayall, Jools Holland, and more recently, Tony Joe White and Nazareth.
He was a member of Goliath, Skeleton Crew and, at the time of their chart success, Norwegian band Titanic. He has also toured with The Animals and Friends for 12 years, but has now left to concentrate on his work with Blue Swamp Band.
They have already had a busy schedule with shows in France, Italy, Sweden, and a growing number of clubs and festivals throughout the UK.
Mike Bowden is a larger than life character with a great sense of humour, and is highly respected as a singer/songwriter.
He fronted the Roach Twins for most of their career, and was also a founding member of Dr Truth.
Blue Swamp Band play at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, October 29, and those who’ve seen the group perform live before can attest that it will be an unforgettable evening - don’t miss out! Tickets are £10, and are available in advance from Musicker (01700) 502287, or from Macqueen’s Butchers (01700) 502067. You can also pay at the door on the night.
Doors open at 7.15pm.