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ian-forkerA tribute to Ian Forker.  A good friend and fine musician.  Rest easy and go and show those angels what a harp is meant to sound like!

 

 

 



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Stevie Nimmo @ Oran Mor

When it comes to Blues in Glasgow the name Nimmo strikes a chord with anyone that has been to a Blues gig in the last 20 years. I caught up with Stevie Nimmo halfway through his UK tour. Sometimes you can’t stage a portrait that captures the essence of someone no matter how much you try. Sometimes, as in this case, you go with the flow and take your opportunity as it is handed to you.

 

 


Tamira Herrebrugh @ The Kelvin Walkway, Glasgow

Tamira Herrebrugh @ The Kelvin Walkway, Glasgow

Tall, beautiful and statuesque, Tamira Herrebrugh is a fantastic front woman for any band and she can rock it out with the best of them.  I met up with Tamira on the banks of the River Kelvin to talk about Glasgow, Amsterdam and music. More…

 

 

 

 

 


 

Al Brown @ Maybank Studios, Glasgow

Al Brown @ Maybank Studios, Glasgow

Scufflin’ is one of the best Blues albums to come out of Glasgow and has a list of world class musicians in the credits that, when Googled, return an impressive list of associated artists the likes of Van Morrison, John Martyn and many more. I caught up with long-time friend Al Brown to talk about his latest project, his recent tour of Italy, his gear and playing style. More…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Devon Allman @ The West End Centre, Aldershot

Devon Allman @ The West End Centre, Aldershot

The name “Allman” rings a bell in most Blues/Rock fans of a certain age. Devon Allman has forged a career on his own talent, creativity and determination and there is an undeniable honesty and warmth about the man both on stage and off.
The live material is imaginative and varied but still carries an unmistakable nuance of the musical DNA that runs through the bloodline…More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jim Ward @ Home/Studio

Jim Ward @ Home/Studio

Jim Ward auditioned me years ago for a piano player job with “The Magic Blues Surfers”. I got the job and spent many nights rehearsing at Jim’s place. That was the 1st Glasgow Blues band I ever played in, so very significant for me and this project. These were great times and I was keen to get a more personal portrait of Jim and the kind of environment that we used to rehearse in. I also wanted to give a nod to 2 of Jim’s loves..The Shadows and The Beach Boys. I always remember the Hawaiian shirts at the gigs.
The shoot happened at 8.00pm on a dreich and dark late October night in the West End of Glasgow, 3 flights up, so the surf/sunny feel was challenge… More

 


JB Taton @ Tchai Ovna, Glasgow

JB Taton @ Tchai Ovna, Glasgow

Frenchman Jean Batiste Taton is next up and he chose the secluded Russian Tea House Tchai Ovna for the photoshoot and interview. This wee treasure is hidden away at the foot of Otago Lane and is well worth a visit. An ideal location to chill out after a heavy weekend or just somewhere relaxed to meet up with a friend. It was another one of those photographers paradises that are so common the City of Glasgow…More

 

 


Barry Hochfield @ The Solid Rock Cafe

Barry Hochfield @ The Solid Rock Cafe

I met Barry Hochfield in one of Glasgow’s rockier establishments “The Solid Rock Cafe”, down by Central Station.  The place has a great underground feel and some great memorabilia up on the walls.  As soon as I saw the framed picture of Frankie Miller with the signed guitar in the glass case I knew that I had to have that in the background.  Having played in bands in The States and Europe, Barry is now back in his home town and he and his band “The Debt Collectors” are rocking it out and have gigs in the diary way into the end of next year.  Barry has also got some interesting ideas on how to engage the public and lift the profile of the Glasgow music scene.  More…

 


 

Reece Hillis @ The Howlin Wolf, Glasgow

Reece Hillis @ The Howlin Wolf, Glasgow

I had a free night tonight and Glasgow, as usual, delivered a class act on the Blues Scene. Reece Hillis was playing The Howlin Wolf in Bath Street. Reece was a nominee in the “Young Artist of the Year” category in the 2014 British Blues Awards and I’d heard some of his stuff and loved it.

This is the quickest turnaround so far on the site. I contacted Reece at 6pm and arranged to meet up after the gig at 9. Page published the same night.
The joint was heaving with Xmas revellers and storm Desmund was howlin more than the wolf so we went for a stage shot and we’ll get together later on to get a more stylised portrait done. I wanted to get Reece up on the site asap as he is defintely one to look out for.  More…

 


Brain Rawson @ Bar Gumbo

Brain Rawson @ Bar Gumbo

I’d never heard The Brian Rawson Band before our initial meeting on this dreich November night so wasn’t entirely sure about what to expect. I knew they came highly recommended from the other Blues players on the Glasgow scene and the line up looked very interesting.

 

 

 


Walter Trout @ The Glasgow City Hotel

Walter Trout @ The Glasgow City Hotel

Walter Trout was playing the O2 ABC in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow as part the “I’m Back” tour.  Walter loves playing Glasgow and loves the Glasgow audiences and venues.

I met up with him on the night of the gig and photographed him at a Blues Awards event and took some shots of the gig.  I got a call the next day to say that Walter was up for an interview so I headed over to his hotel later that night.

Walter was in great form and when the camera came out I could barely keep up with him.  He was jumping all over the place and was great to see him with so much energy and hunger for life.  He is most definitely “Back!” More…

 


John Scott @ The Glasgow Art Club

John Scott @ The Glasgow Art Club

John Scott @ The Glasgow Art Club

I met John Scott in a venue I never even knew existed. The Glasgow Art Club in Bath Street, Glasgow. What a fantastic location. This place has past and future significance for John and it was a real joy for me to get invited in to this place to do the shoot.  More…

 

 


 

 

Richard Terris @ The Glasgow Barrowlands

Richard Terris @ The Glasgow Barrowlands

Richard Terris set up a session in the world famous Glasgow Barrowlands and it was great to get a tour of the place.  Backstage and the dressing rooms had a great historical feel and the whole place looked as if it hadn’t changed in a hundred years.  Great to be able to walk around freely when nobody else was there. More…

 

 

 


Brian Carpy close to MacSorley's, Glasgow

Brian Carpy close to MacSorley’s, Glasgow

17/10/2015: Met up with Brian Carpy as he was passing through Glasgow on his way to Texas and beyond. There were 2 challenging locations for the photos, not least because me and my lights had to be set up on a busy city centre street and I had to keep an eye open for traffic as the best position for for both shots had me on the white line in the middle of the road.  More…

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fraser Spiers and the SAR Loco 3007 @ The Riverside Museum

Fraser Spiers and the SAR Loco 3007 @ The Riverside Museum

13/09/2015: I met up with Fraser Spiers a couple of weeks back and had a great Glasgow music scene education. One of the great things about this project is the amount of history of music in Glasgow that I pick up. Places I never even knew existed come to life.  More…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Charlotte Marshall @ The Old Auction Market

Charlotte Marshall @ The Old Auction Market

26/09/2015: I met up with Charlotte Marshall recently to talk about her philosophy on what it means to be a working artist in today’s music scene. There was loads of great material to talk about and the photo-shoot was fantastic. A great pleasure to work with a real professional.  More…

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Sam Firth at The Clutha Bar, Glasgow

Sam Firth at The Clutha Bar, Glasgow

19/09/2015: I met up with Sam Firth yesterday at The Clutha Bar. Sam was one of the first guys I saw on the Glasgow Blues scene and it was great to catch up with him. More…

 

 

 

 

 


Calum Ingram @ The Tobacco Warehouse, James Watt Street, Glasgow

Calum Ingram @ The Tobacco Warehouse, James Watt Street, Glasgow

05/08/20158: I met up with quite a unique player tonight. Blues Cellist Calum Ingram has his own way of looking at things and his own way of doing things. He has a long list of achievements under his belt already but when you listen to him you can’t help but think he’s just warming up!! More…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Marcus Bonfanti @ The Record Factory, Glasgow

Marcus Bonfanti @ The Record Factory, Glasgow

31/07/2015: I met up with Marcus Bonfanti yesterday while he was in Glasgow as part of his UK solo tour. Marcus is the first featured artist on the new “invitation to The Blues” section of the website. This section is dedicated to UK and International artists that touchdown in Glasgow when they are touring. As we talked, it became clear that we had similar tastes in music across artists like The Doors, Led Zeppelin, John Martyn, Tom Waits. The new section is named after one of my favourite Tom Waits tracks. Head over tohttps://glasgowbluesplayers.com/marcus-bonfanti/ to see the portrait I took in The Record Factory in Byres Road. A fantastic venue for all types of live music with a great underground, basement feel. More…

 

 


Linda Jaxson in Pollok House Gardens

Linda Jaxson in Pollok House Gardens

25/07/2015: Linda Jaxson is a lady I’ve been wanting to catch up with for a while. When I first contacted Linda I told her that I could not imagine this project going ahead without her. She is one of the best known names in the Glasgow Blues scene and it was a pleasure to listen to her as she introduced me to the magic of Pollok House and the surrounding gardens. More…

 

 


Scott Pentland @ The Grosvenor Hilton

Scott Pentland @ The Grosvenor Hilton

12/07/2015: Caught up with an old “Surfer” buddy at the location it all began for me as a player in the Glasgow Blues scene. Scott Pentland aka “The Shuffle King”. Another of Glasgow’s finest players and long time promoter and ambassador of the Blues in Glasgow. Here are a selection of images taken on the day. Fantastic kit, great chat and a personally emotional trip down memory lane. More…

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dennis Smalley @ The Bon Accord, Glasgow

Dennis Smalley @ The Bon Accord, Glasgow

28/06/2015: When I asked Dennis Smalley about a location the answer came back in a heartbeat and he announced “It’s a no-brainer. It has to be The Bon Accord!!” Listening to Dennis it became apparent that he had become part of the place and the place had also become part of Dennis. The pub is full of character and has loads of great detail but to give the portrait a Blues feel and to portray the strength of the connection with this location was proving to be a challenge.
Then Dennis showed me where the stage was and then I saw the mirror…superstition and bad luck…mmmm? Dennis was influenced by the early British Blues movement and I was reminded of the John Mayall track “Look in the mirror”…..
“Look in the mirror
What is there to see?
Just a man
But can that man go free?”
Done deal! The mirror it is!  More…


Gary Miller @ The Brewhouse, Glasgow

Gary Miller @ The Brewhouse, Glasgow

20/07/2015: Someone once said that they honestly couldn’t think of a Blues band in Glasgow that Gary Miller had not played in at one point or another. I met up with Gary at what used to be “The Brewhouse”. It’s not important what it’s called now, it will always be The Brewhouse to many that frequented it. It was one of those places that defined a scene in a city at a particular point in time and at one point was under serious consideration as the venue for the first Glasgow Blues Club back in the 90s. The photo was taken at the side entrance to the venue and I went for a more nostalgic feel to match the mood. More…

 

 

 

 

 

 


Zander Green @ The Ferry, Glasgow

Zander Green @ The Ferry, Glasgow

18/07/2015: I caught up with a guy I’ve heard a lot about but never actually met. We got together at The Ferry in Glasgow. This is one of the most consistent supporters of the Blues scene in Glasgow and plays a part in most of the history of the guys I’ve been talking to. It’s a fantastic venue and they have offered great support to this project for which I am very grateful. Zander has played here many times with different bands and it seemed a very fitting location for the photoshoot. The actual location of the shoot is behind the Wheelhouse and is where the artists can relax before going on stage. I’m always amazed at the background stories of the players in Glasgow and Zander was no exception. More…

 

 

 

 


Graham Forbes @ Glasgow University

Graham Forbes @ Glasgow University

05/07/2015: Met up with Graham Forbes at The University of Glasgow this morning and spent a couple of hours talking about life, mountains, music and rock n roll. Graham has already written 3 books and I think if we had sat down for another hour we could have written another one, Slightly different format as Graham supplied his own bio, which I am happy to go with if anyone else out there would rather take this approach. Graham, if you need somebody to photo journalise your next gig in the Azores let me know. It’d be tough but I’m no stranger to hard graft… More…

 

 

 

 

 


Gary Johnstone @ Howlin Wolf, Glagsow

Gary Johnstone @ Howlin Wolf, Glasow

10/06/2015: Been very busy with other stuff over the last couple of weeks but I managed to catch up with a really dedicated and hard working musician at Howlin Wolf in Bath Street. Great venue and great to meet such an enthusiastic and driven player. More…

 

 

 

 


Tim Clarke @ CC Music, Glasgow

Tim Clarke @ CC Music, Glasgow

29/05/2015: Tim Clarke was the afternoon shoot from Friday and we had CC Music Shop as a location. What a cracking shop. Guitar heaven. It’s in Otago Street, Glasgow and several of the final shots are included here.

For me this was quite a milestone in the project. It took me past the first 10 players and the target of 100 Glasgow Blues Players before the end of 2016 is feeling very much achievable.

More importantly though, I’ve completed a set of musicians that were a great influence in my Glasgow Blues experience which started many years ago. Al Fleming , Jim Keilt, Kenny Robertson and Tim Clarke. The core players of The State Bar jam session. The longest running jam session in the UK.
I was feeling quite nostalgic as I drove home from the photoshoots on Friday but also had a great sense of achievement. I’m loving this project and can’t wait to get out and do more of these.

It’s great to see that Glasgow is still buzzing with live Blues and that there is so much support from the players, the audiences and venues. More to follow soon… More…


Kenny Robertson @ Holmwood House, Glasgow

Kenny Robertson @ Holmwood House, Glasgow

29/05/2015: Caught up with 2 great players on Friday. First up is Kenny Robertson. I’ve seen Kenny around the circuit for years and played alongside him once but it was great to sit and shoot the breeze and learn more about him. Great location for the shoot as well. There were a couple of guest appearances during the shoot and one of them was worthy of inclusion here. There were a few photos in the frame so as usual all of the final ones are included here and Kenny’s favourite is over on the site now. More…

 

 

 

 

 


Andrew Robert Eustace @ Glasgow Botanic Gardens

Andrew Robert Eustace @ Glasgow Botanic Gardens

23/05/2015: Got another couple of photoshoots done yesterday and was again reminded of the long way I have to go before I get to the level I want to be but it was all good from an experience point of view. Still working one one of the photoshoots at the moment but the other has been “signed off” so here goes. Introducing Andrew Robert Eustace , (known as Eustace). I caught up with him at Glasgow Botanic Gardens and we spent the afternoon blethering about the Blues and getting into forbidden locations. Tricky lighting situation down under the bridge and I never really got the shot I was looking for. I spent too much time on the technical lighting and forgot was I was actually trying to do. Not a bad shot, just not the one I wanted, but again, a fantastic learning opportunity, which is the main thing for me at the moment. Here are both shots that were up for inclusion on the site. Follow the link to see the finished article and read Eustace’s story. Also a new Blues Sub Genre was born… More…


Fraser John Lindsay @ The Riverside Museum, Glasgow

Fraser John Lindsay @ The Riverside Museum, Glasgow

16/05/2015: Yesterday’s photoshoot was almost rained off but we got a good one down at the Riverside Museum with Fraser John Lindsay. More…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Colin Robertson @ Rockus, Glasgow

Colin Robertson @ Rockus, Glasgow

14/05/2015: Two in the one night! I met up with Colin Robertson this afternoon in one of Glasgow’s up and coming live music joints. Rockus are great supporters of the Blues scene and it was a pleasure working with the Derek Baillie today from Rockus, who could not have been more helpful. More…

 

 

 

 

 

 


George Lindsay @ The Barras Market, Glasgow

George Lindsay @ The Barras Market, Glasgow

13/05/2015: The photoshoots are starting to build up, which is fantastic! Access is starting to open up as well so all going really well. I caught up with George Lindsay at the Barras and here are a couple from the shoot. I found it hard to choose between these 2 so am putting them both up on fb. More…

 

 

 

 

 

 


Jim Keilt and the Artpistol Tiger

Jim Keilt and the Artpistol Tiger

02/05/2015: Just uploaded the documentary photos from yesterdays photoshoot of Jim Keilt by the Artpistol Tiger on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow and the final shot is over on the website now.

I tried to give this shot a night time feel using flash photography and messing about with shutter speed and aperture. More…

 

 

 

 

 

 


David Boyle @ The Joint, Glasgow

David Boyle @ The Joint, Glasgow

27/04/2015: Caught up with my old pal David Boyle @ The Joint in South Street after work tonight. Slightly different format which included an interview. More…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Dave Arcari @ King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

Dave Arcari @ King Tuts Wah Wah Hut

26/04/2015: Great catching up with Dave Arcari today at his all time favourite venue…King Tuts! More…

 

 

 

 

 


Gus Munro @ Websters Theatre

Gus Munro @ Websters Theatre

26/04/2015: Gus Munro is one of the most original Blues artists on the Glasgow/UK scene today and it was great to catch up with him today at Websters Theatre on Great Western Road.  More…

 

 

 


 

Al Flemming

Al Fleming @ The State Bar, Glasgow

21/04/2015: Kicking off the project in style today with one of the best known and time server Blues players of Glasgow.  Al Fleming.  Looking forward to building this site. Meeting up with old pals and making new ones.  Here we go! More…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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