Gig: Carlisle Update

Posted on: Thursday, Feb 18, 2010


Detroit born master musician Marcus Malone returns to Carlisle at the end of February to play at Club 35 for the Carlisle Blues Club.

Marcus whose singing and stage presence is as slick and smooth as his guitar playing returns almost a year to the day after he caused a near riot with his energetic and powerful performance.
The soul stacked blues star who plays on Saturday the 28th has been recording a new album during January and it is to be hoped that he allows us to hear some of the new tracks alongside his old favourites. The new material has echoes of funk and rock mixed in with the blues.

He will be joined at the gig by guitarist Stuart Dixon an excellent player who has an almost telepathic ability to support, drive and complement Marcus’s own playing.

Tickets are £10 in advance (from the club or call Chris on 077930 19958), £12 on the door. The doors open at 8.00


Music legend John Waite, the voice behind such rock classics as ‘Missing You’ and ‘When I See you smile’, visits Carlisle at the end of February as part of a short UK tour.

The singer who has enjoyed massive success in the USA, where he now resides, is playing a rare low key gig in the Brickyard on Fisher street on Sunday 28th.

Lancaster born John Waite started his career as bassist with 70’s Cumbrian rock band England alongside Carlisle based Olly Alcock. In 1975 he moved to California, USA and became lead singer & bassist of The Babys who produced five albums between 1980 and 1985.

John launched his solo career in 1982. His 2nd album, No Brakes, resulted in huge international success with hit single ‘Missing You’ achieving #1 on US Billboard charts. In 1988, John Waite joined Jonathan Cain along with Neal Schon from Journey, to form the supergroup Bad English. In 1989, the single ‘When I See You Smile’ became #1 in the US. After Bad English disbanded, John returned to solo work and since 1995 he has produced five albums.

During his successful solo career John has worked with many of rock’s elite. He toured in 2003 with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band and with Journey in 2005. In 2007 John joined Procol Harum co-founder Keith Reid for 2 tracks on his all star album The Common Thread, featuring the ballad In God’s Shadow. In 2008 ‘Missing You’ entered again US Billboard, in a new version in duet with Grammy Award winner Alison Krauss.

The doors open at 7.00pm with the first support gig starting at 7.15 with David Woods, a close friend of John’s, playing with his ‘pastoral choir’ of Sarah Jory (Van Morrison) on pedal steel guitar, Gary Thistlethwaite (Nashville) Bass and Steven Wren on keyboards.

Next up at 8.00 is Blues Rock favourite Jon Amor who recently visited the Brickyard as guitarist with ‘The Hoax’.

Tickets for the gig, which will be standing are £15 in advance and £17.50 on the door. Tickets can be purchased online from Ticketweb or phone on 08700 600100.


The Producers (voted best Blues Band in Britain numerous times in the 90’s) are playing at the Brickyard – there will be seating this time don’t worry) at the end of march.

The Producers March 2010

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