The Funktones are an exciting Four piece function band featuring both male and female vocals Based in Edinburgh and the Lothians. All of them are all fully qualified musicians with extensive experience of the music business and live circuit. The band deliver a professional, no fuss, entertainment experience with an up to date, evolving set list that encompasses a broad variety of styles. From the latest chart successes to fresh takes on classics, The Funktones are sure to have something that accommodates for all tastes.
With a new line up and a sound edgier than ever, Safehouse are going from strength to strength. As well as wowing audiences in their native Scotland Safehouse also gig in Europe, where they have a loyal fan base. Although rooted in the Blues, their repertoire covers a mix of original material & carefully chosen covers (Traffic, Tya, Moby Grape, Little Feat, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley etc..), & showcases how they can turn their hands to playing hard hitting Rock, through Blues to full blown Psychedelia!
Andy Gunn learnt to play from listening to the old blues masters such as Lightnin' Hopkins and Muddy Waters after tracing the sound back from the rock music he was originally into as a teenager...immersed in this rich musical heritage he was fortunate enough to hit the big time and signed a worldwide recording contract with Pointblank, Virgin's blues label, with his school band Jumpin' The Gunn. Travelling to Memphis, he rubbed shoulders and exchanged riffs with Al Green’s rhythm section and Pops Staples to name a few... After that, back in Britain he then released an album with Provogue and played alongside many acts including The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, with members of Gary Moore's Midnight Blues Band, with Martin Stephenson and with harp player Errol Linton. Personal highlights for Andy would be when he supported Buddy Guy at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, jammed with Albert Collins in London or backing up Geno Washington at the Tartan Heart Festival. He has 4 self produced albums entitled “Flip Flop Kinetics”, “Bonar Bridge Sessions”, "Regional Variations" and "Miracle Of Healing" which was co-produced with Martin Stephenson for the Barbaraville label. They are a great mix of blues, rock and folk music and have a sound brimming with soul and originality. A few years back he went on a busman's holiday across the states where he met and jammed with many great musicians in the big music centers such as New York, Chicago, Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans... sparking the comment "Damn, I didn't know they picked cotton in Scotland!".. all the time, soaking up the inspiration and walking the avenues of his musical heroes...
Event: The Funktones, Safehouse, Andy Gunn Band
Date: Saturday 25th March 2017
Time : 12:00 - 03:00
Saturday 21st April
The Banjo Lounge 4, Bad Boogaloo, Anton & The Colts
Sunday 22nd April
The Gorms, John Anaya Band
Monday 23rd April