Blues and Boogie June Jamboree

The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, AB25 1BU, Aberdeen

It’s going to be something of a blues harmonica showdown! A special event that you don’t want to miss. We are very fortunate to have my pal Greg Izor from Austin Texas, USA visit us. I have taken this opportunity to put together a show featuring Greg and Al Brown. Greg is a top of the tree blues musician with a great style and swagger. Al is certainly one of the finest blues guitarist in UK today. Greg and Al will be backed by the wonderful local rhythm section of Davy Cattanach and Mike Rae.

It’s going to be a night to remember with a number of surprise guests sitting in. Starting the evening I have invited Liz Jones who is a fantastic singer songwriter from Edinburgh. She is bringing along Scottish blues guitar legend John Bruce (x Blues n Trouble) to accompany her. John and Liz are part of the Edinburgh group Broken Windows.

Oh did I say I will be playing also? Well sure, I am. I wasn’t going to miss this chance to play with some of my favourite musicians in the world. Come on down to The Blue Lamp, Friday 29th June at 8.00pm to join in the fun!”

Here is some information & quotes on the musicians

Greg Izor –

“A mash-up of Louisiana grit, Austin soul, and low-down Chicago heat, blues harmonica powerhouse”

“That all-too-rare total package- a creative vocalist, harp player, songwriter, and showman.” Living Blues Magazine

“All the fat and no filler, just killer stuff!”

-Bushdog Blues Blog

Al Brown –

“Clean toned blues lines sometimes with a hint of jazz” “A breath of fresh air in this world of numerous blues rock guitarists”

“Outrageously talented” Blues in Britain

Liz Jones – “a voice that can woo you like Norah Jones and rock you like Janis Joplin”

John Bruce - “Scottish blues guitar legend”

Spider MacKenzie –

“Sensitive virtuosity & imagination” Sunday Times

“I would cheerfully walk 100 miles over hot coals to feel some of his music” Blueprint – magazine


Private house concert Alford

Spider is playing with Greg Izor and friends at a private house concert,


Belladrum Festival with Brian Langlias & Patterson Barrett

Belladrum Tartan Heart Music Festival on the Potting Shed Stage, By Beauly, Inverness-Shire, IV4 7BA

“Brian Langlinias, Patterson Barrett & Spider MacKienze 2.30 3.15 Swamp Rock Cajun Roadhouse Music from Louisiana accompanied by Buddy Millers side man from Nashville and Scotland leading harp player fae Aberdeen.”


Private House Concert with Brian Langlinias & Patterson Barrett

Private House, Alford, Aberdeenshire

“Brian Langlinias, Patterson Barrett & Spider MacKenzie. Swamp Rock Cajun Roadhouse Music from Louisiana accompanied by Buddy Millers side man from Nashville


Love & Blues: Unplugged with Niki King.

The Jazz Bar, 1a Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HR

Spider is playing in the Part Edinburgh International Festival Fringe with the award-winning singer Niki King in her show entitled “Love & Blues: Unplugged”

Niki is a UK Perrier Jazz Vocal Award, Scottish Style Award and Spirit Of Scotland Music Medal, Niki King has released five albums and performed in leading jazz venues including The Blue Note (New York and Tokyo), London's Jazz Café and Ronnie Scott’s. Special guest performances include The Average White Band, Al Green and Gregory Porter. Love and Blues honours some of the greatest jazz/blues icons including Etta James, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. King's powerful, heartfelt performances have garnered five-star reviews and she's been described as 'the outstanding Scottish female vocalist of our times' (List).