Feb 7Gary Fletcher & Tom Leary £9/10/12 www.garyfletchermusic.net
Gary Fletcher is known by many as the brilliant bass player in The Bluesband. He is oh so much more. A multi-instrumentalist and leader of The Gary Fletcher Band, his one-man show reveals his eclectic taste, with folk and Americana prominent in the mix.
Dave Kelly suggested Gary for the bass job when, together with Paul Jones and Tom McGuinesss (Manfred Mann), plus ex- John Mayall/Eric Clapton drummer Hughie Flint, The Blues Band first got together. The success of The Blues Band was almost instantaneous and they were soon playing to packed houses, releasing their first album, appearing on TV and radio regularly, including the celebrated Euro-wide Rockpalast, and headlining at Glastonbury. Twenty plus albums and countless tours later, the demand continues to grow for their special and personal interpretation of the blues; thousands of excellent reviews have appeared in a variety of publications and early editions of their first album are now collector’s items. They are still going strong.
Tom's teenage years were spent surrounded by electric guitars and motorbikes and playing lead guitar in local bands. He moved to London, learned fiddle, mandolin and flute and became entrenched in the London Irish scene, eventually ending up in Oxfordshire, where he still lives. His involvement in the folk rock scene followed meetings with Dave Pegg and Ric Sanders in the early 1980s. Tom's career has seen him play with the late John B Spencer, Phil Bates (ELO), Clem Clempson, Steve Gibbons, Kevin Dempsey, Little Johnny England, Tanna, Zeus, Albion Morris and many more. He received three-star reviews in Q Magazine for his solo albums, Calm Waters and Off the Rocks. Tom has been in Feast of Fiddles since the outset and says, 'I feel blessed to have been in this band for the last 20 years and be with great people. I have many happy memories.'
Tom has played with two lineups of Lindisfarne and the Gary Fletcher Band. He is a beautifully tender player with a great gift for writing melodic tunes. Famous within the band for his laugh, among other things; his mirth is highly infectious. Great fun to be with and hilariously funny, Tom is just the tonic you need after a long, bad day.
'Gary Fletcher’s truly inspiring album, wasquickly picked up by Radio 2’s Bob Harris. Tender and stirring in equal measure, revealing the emergence of a major solo talent. That oft-quoted Blues Band axiom “We don’t bother the music industry and they don’t bother us” may well have to be overhauled.' - Roy Bainton
'At long last Gary Fletcher has emerged from the shadow of the Blues Band and has proved that he is a seriously talented singer/songwriter in his own right' - Amazon review
'A collection of strong songs performed with taste, intelligence and dignity and, while it may not rock very hard (the acoustic rather than the electric guitar is to the fore here), there’s a nice sense of space and atmosphere throughout.' - Maverick Magazine