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4 wiseguys at Lockerbie

Local Blues Band "The Wiseguys", featuring original members Gary Giles (bass) and John Hall (guitar) perform their own take on the Blues on Saturday 28th Novemberat the King's Arms in Lockerbie with their new line up, featuring Neil Johnstone (drums) and Paul Thomas, (vocals and harmonica). Bass player Gary Giles, acknowledged as an influence on Iron Maiden laeder and bass man Steve Harris, played withaward winning hard rock bandStray, big on the 1970's club scene, releasing 10 albums and touring the States with Canned Heat. John Hall, plays versatile guitar with a wide reference base. He formed the Wiseguys with Gary in the 90's, and has played with the Seed Merchants and the Holsom Brothers, amongst other local groupings. Neil Johnstone on Drums drives the set with a style forged in pipe bands and refined over the years with Mombassa, Heat and the Original Scunners. Paul Thomas adds harmonica to his vocals, joining the line up in March this year, after collaborating with Happy Phil Seymour in the Global Project and working out the Blues on Sitar with Kirti Mandir as N'Daj. All four Wiseguys bring decades of listening to and playing the blues into a new set, covering material from Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker andJimmy Reed to Van Morrison and the Big Bopper. The band pay homage tosome of thegreat blues men and women in their own style, adding new numbers since playing earlier in the year with Saxman Jack Wilson and Hammond and Keyboard player Stewart Hyslop. November 28th will be theband's first performance of their new set, and the Guys are really looking forward to playing their own interpretations of some blues classics in Lockerbie, where singer Paul has lived for nearly 30 years. "The Blues are behind all good music," say the Wiseguys "no matter what kind it is or from where it comes from.Everybody knows what the Blues is, and we play it lean, rocky, tight, soulful and joyful."Doors open at 8.30, and tickets at can be bought at the door or in advance from The King's Arms or Annandale Herald in Lockerbie.