Gig: Hamilton Loomis – British Legion, Garston – 19 Nov 2010

Posted on: Sunday, Oct 17, 2010

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5th Anniversary Celebration of Top Class Blues in Liverpool

The Hamilton Loomis Band at Garston Royal British Legion
Friday, 19th November 2010 (doors: 8pm, show starts: 8.45pm)

Believe it or not, it is now five years since John and Lorraine Welsh began to promote top class blues concerts in Liverpool. In that time, they have introduced a glorious array of blues artistes of the highest quality from the UK, the United States, Australia and mainland Europe. Those gigs have comprised a wide variety of styles within the blues spectrum from acoustic masters including Ben Andrews, Doug McLeod, Toby Walker and Hans Theesink, through Chicago-influenced bands led by Honeyboy Hickling, John O’Leary and Big Pete van der Pluijm to funk-based maestros such as Geoff Achison and Hamilton Loomis.

To celebrate their considerable achievement, John and Lorraine are delighted to have secured the services of the Hamilton Loomis Band for their second appearance in Liverpool this year. Singer/guitarist Loomis is one of the young artistes at the forefront of bringing the blues into the 21st century. Born and raised in Galveston, Texas, he honed his multi-instrumental, musical skills at a very early age, learning to play drums, piano, guitar bass and harmonica by his early teens. At the age of sixteen, he played alongside Bo Diddley, who later became his friend and mentor. He has also been greatly influenced by Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Stevie Wonder and Prince, which accounts for the funky edge to his musical style.

Hamilton will be backed by his excellent band, which comprises fellow countrymen, Stratton Doyle on saxophone and keys and Kent Beatty on bass guitar, and the pride of Birmingham, Jamie Little, on drums. The same band is featured on more than half of the tracks on his recent album, Live In England, which were recorded at his 2009 visit to Liverpool Marina.

So why not treat yourself and come along to enjoy what promises to be an unforgettable occasion. But please be aware that Hamilton’s brilliant, energetic performances have earned him a large fan base in this country and early booking is strongly recommended.

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Garston Royal British Legion is situated at Haig House, Woolton Road, Garston, Liverpool L19 5NQ, just around the corner from Liverpool South Parkway station. Tickets for the concert (£14 each in advance and £15 each on the door) are obtainable from John Welsh on 0151 428 2855 or

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