Blues duo mix classics and originals
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.