Blues duo mix clas­sics and orig­i­nals

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out - Jack­son Lavell-Lee

Pop­u­lar Perth band Em­pire Blues will re­turn to Set­tlers Tav­ern for Blues on the Ve­ran­dah on Sun­day for a night of un­plugged Bri­tish blues.

An­drew McIl­roy (gui­tar/vo­cals) and Alan Daw­son (bass) will play orig­i­nals and cov­ers from 1960s Bri­tish bands such as Cream.

It will be the 14th year of gig­ging for Em­pire Blues, which formed in 2005 and con­tin­ues to be well re­ceived, hav­ing played hun­dreds of gigs and blues fes­ti­vals.

McIl­roy said his orig­i­nals were built on tra­di­tional blues but not lim­ited to just Bri­tish blues.

“I grew up lis­ten­ing to guys like Eric Clap­ton play gui­tar, and be­cause there was a lot of pop on the ra­dio in the 70s, I went back and taught my­self a lot of Cream’s early stuff,” McIl­roy said.

McIl­roy and Daw­son have per­formed hun­dreds of shows to­gether with an in­fec­tious fa­mil­iar­ity in their play­ing styles, writ­ing hu­mor­ous songs with WA con­tent.

“I love play­ing in Mar­garet River, the at­mos­phere is in­fec­tious,” McIl­roy said.

I love play­ing in Mar­garet River, the at­mos­phere is in­fec­tious. An­drew McIl­roy

Em­pire Blues lead singer An­drew McIl­roy play­ing one of his vin­tage gui­tars live.

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