Gig: John O’Leary’s Sugarkane – Fogherty’s Function Room, Liverpool: 8th February, 2014

Posted on: Friday, Jan 17, 2014

John O'Leary at Fogherty's

John O’Leary’s Sugarkane at Fogherty’s Function Room, Liverpool

Saturday, 8th February 2014 (doors open at 8pm: starts at 8.45pm)

John O’Leary boasts a tremendous pedigree in British blues music. In the sixties, he was a founder member, with guitarist Kim Simmonds, of the highly acclaimed Savoy Brown Blues Band. Other bands enhanced by John’s involvement featured many stalwarts of the British blues scene including pianist Bob Hall, guitarist Tony McPhee, saxophonist Dick Heckstall-Smith and the multi-talented Victor Brox. He also recorded an album with the legendary New Orleans pianist and singer Champion Jack Dupree.

In recent years John has fronted his own band, Sugarkane, supplementing his excellent harp playing and vocals with an array of superb musicians. The brilliant band comprises two superb guitarists, Jules Fothergill and local hero Steve Wright, the highly talented keyboard player Jools Grudgings and a splendid rhythm section that combines the considerable skills of bass guitarist Roger Inniss and drummer Joachim Greve. Together they present a wonderfully authentic programme of Chicago-style blues that always hits the spot. It is guaranteed to be another night to savour.

Fogherty’s Function Room is situated at 1, Blenheim Road (off Smithdown Road), Liverpool, L18 3EH (0151 734 3906). Tickets for the concert (£12 each in advance and £13 on the door) are obtainable from John Welsh on 0151 428 2855 or by email:

Please visit for a fund of information on the region’s excellent blues scene.

(Picture by Lionel Ross)

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