Tue, December 19, 2017
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Hamish Stuart & Horns at 606 Club
Probably best known for his work as the original lead singer/guitarist with The Average White Band, Hamish has had an illustrious career as both songwriter and performer. He has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, George Benson and Chaka Khan (for whom he wrote the No. 1 chart hit ‘Whatcha Gonna Do For Me’) culminating in six years with the Paul McCartney Band. Although still guesting in other people’s bands since ’94 he has also led his own group, which is a supergroup in every sense of the word and very much out of the R&B tradition, although considerably more sophisticated than the 70’s version. For many years Hamish played monthly here at the Club and his performance at our 40th Anniversary Festival in 2016 was a highlight of the celebration for many. He continues to be highly active on the scene, working not only with his own band but making guest appearances with the likes of Ringo Starr and Bill Wyman and was seen at the Club last year with the band "360", featuring his old AWB sparring partners Molly Duncan and Steve Ferrone. Tonight Hamish will be Celebrating Christmas with his extended band that not only features regulars Jim Watson & Ross Stanley-keyboards, Adam Phillips-guitar, Steve Pearce-bass and Ian Thomas-drums but also includes the addition of Hamish's amazing horn section of Patrick Hayes-trombone, Tom Walsh-trumpet and Jim Hunt-sax. This is a rare outing for this quite remarkable line up and an absolutely guaranteed musical treat. Hamish is very much musical “family” to us here and this gig is always a little “special”, not only for the audience but for us too and we are truly looking forward to welcoming him back. Booking definitely advised.
“We love Stuart, the funky ex-Average White Band singer and rhythm guitarist with Chaka Khan, George Benson etc. He's still playing a superior blend of soul and jazz with a great band while his voice has that unique smoky soul allure.” Time Out; "Hamish Stuart...still sounds wonderful" The Scotsman; "...former Average White Band singer-guitarist Hamish Stuart and his superb band honoured the stay-true-to-the-groove sentiment expressed in one AWB classic, Queen of My Soul, as well as reconfiguring and deliciously slowing down another, Cloudy, in a...set of sincere soul searchin' and feelgood rhythm and blues" The Herald Scotland
606 Club, 90 Lots Road