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LOCATION : Scottish Borders, Uk
GENRE : Acoustic & Electric Blues
EMAIL : [email protected]
Tel: +44 (0)7828191459
Robbie Reay is a renowned guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. Equipped with a cigar box guitar and licence plate stomp-box. He blends traditional material and original songs with incredible skill, variety and innovation.
He is currently touring to promote his latest album Up and Down, A brilliant collection of original, contemporary, blues songs, influenced by life, the current struggles, folklore and the Deep South.
Robbie Reay - Up And Down Independent
There is a nicely relaxed feel to the opening track of this release, ‘Skylark’, a song of a satisfied man coming home, set to a fine solo Mississippi slide guitar accompaniment. That's no coincidence either, as Robbie recently visited Mississippi, and the title track that follows has a tougher approach, with fine vocals and harmonica added to the driving guitar work. Yes, I am impressed, but then this CD was an “IBBA Pick Of The Month” for August - and deservedly so. The tightly-controlled ‘2020 Blues’ (very nice guitar break) leads into an original ‘Crossroads’, then ‘Just The Same’ provides a change of direction, a folky ballad, ‘This Time’ has something of a jaunty country feel, and ‘Hold Me Close‘ is a folk piece with a curious but effective arrangement. ‘Satisfy My Roll’ picks things up again as it is a fine rocking and nicely lascivious blues, and ‘Ain’t Got No Biscuit’ has a strongly traditional approach, a little related to Elizabeth Cotton’s approach, though with a blues harp break; it is easy to imagine this with a washboard added to the accompaniment, somewhat like Blind Boy Fuller. The closing track begins as a fine, romantic folk song and has a livelier blues-based interlude to close out the album. Robbie has something of a winner here, showcasing his fine voice, accomplished playing and plenty of excellent blues and roots numbers. Check it out,.
Robbie's music touches the soul because it comes from the soul!
He shares with us - through verse and musical notes - his inner feelings and experiences. Gives me the hope that the world we live in, is not totally lost yet. Just listen! And i'll guarantee you'll learn!
- Mr E Dumitrescu -
Fabulous performance. I have listened to music for 40 Years without having the ability to listen to the lyrics. Never will be able too. I go on the overall sound and feel. Your song side by side really grabbed me. It's a superb piece of work. Hope to see you play it again soon.
- Mr Jonny Logan -
Robbie's superb guitar playing, fine vocals and songwriting skills lend themselves to any size venue. He possesses excellent skill at holding audience attention and involving them in the performance.
- Mr Roger M Daniels -
Great show tonight at The Crafty Baa in Windermere. Well played! Vocals were proper mint and I loved the sound of the different guitars. Especially that cigar box, you’ve done a top job making it sound good. Hope to catch you again mate.
- Mr Colin Liptrot -