For­mer Del Amitri front man on tour

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A FOR­MER mem­ber of Del Amitri is to per­form solo in the re­gion.

Scot­tish singer/song­writer Justin Cur­rie was the founder mem­ber of the band, who were best known for their sto­ry­telling and un­der­stated vo­cals.

The band were firmly rooted in the pop rock of the 90s, but with in­flu­ences from Nick Cave to Crowded House.

Cur­rie will play at the City Va­ri­eties Mu­sic Hall in Leeds on Novem­ber 16.

For tick­ets call the Box Of­fice on 0113 243 0808 or visit: city­var­i­ SMALL Faces’ Ian ‘Mac’ McLa­gan will be re­leas­ing his first solo al­bum since be­ing in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on July 9.

The new al­bum United States con­tains 10 tracks and fea­tures McLa­gan on key­board and vo­cal du­ties, ac­com­pa­nied by his long­time col­lab­o­ra­tors, The Bump Band. Mac recorded and pro­duced the al­bum him­self at his own stu­dio in Manor, Texas, but the songs were mixed by his long-time friend Glyn Johns, who has fa­mously worked with rock gi­ants like The Who and the Small Faces. It was also mas­tered by Bob Lud­wig, who has worked on projects by The Rolling Stones and Led Zep­pelin.

Af­ter los­ing his wife in a car ac­ci­dent in 2008, McLa­gan recorded his last stu­dio al­bum, Never Say Never, spurred on by that loss. Mojo mag­a­zine de­scribed that record as ‘Pub Rock’s an­swer to Blood on the Tracks.’

McLa­gan is most fa­mous for his ca­reer in the 1960s, when he was key­boardist to the Small Faces, and later the Faces, fronted by Rod Ste­wart. The band was in­ducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.

As a ses­sion player he has also played key­boards for the likes of Jack­son Browne, Chuck Berry, Bruce Spring­steen and count­less other big name mu­si­cians. Ian has also been a mem­ber of Billy Bragg’s band since 1997. Al­though he is now 69 years old, he shows no signs of slow­ing down. In Texas, he still reg­u­larly plays gig nights at lo­cal clubs and bars.

To pro­mote United States, Mac is cur­rently on a na­tion­wide tour. He will be call­ing in York­shire twice, at the Grey­stones in Sh­effield on July 9 and at The Duchess in York on July 11.

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