HENRY MCCULLOUGH, guitarist with Paul McCartney’s Wings, will join forces with Irish blues band Left, Right & Centre for a show in the Róisín Dubh on Friday September 17 at 9pm.
Henry McCullough was born in Co Derry and started his musical career with the showbands. As the 1960s progressed he joined Irish rock band Éire Apparent, which toured the US with Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, and Jimi Hendrix.
Henry left Éire Apparent to join Joe Cocker’s Grease Band and played on-stage with the Sheffield soul man at Woodstock, making Henry the only Irishman to play the legendary festival.
In 1971, Paul McCartney asked Henry to join his new band Wings, and the Ulsterman was a key component of the groups early albums, and hit singles ‘Hi Hi Hi’, ‘Live and Let Die’, and ‘My Love’. Henry also contributed to one of the spoken sections on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.
After departing Wings, Henry worked with Andrew Lloyd Webber, Donovan, Marianne Faithfull, Roy Harper, Eric Burdon, and Ronnie Lane. In the past decade he has produced three critically-acclaimed blues/rock albums - Belfast To Boston (2001 ), Unfinished Business (2003 ), and Poor Man’s Moon (2008 ).
Left, Right & Centre have a line-up which boasts an extremely impressive CV. Drummer Nollaig ‘Noel’ Bridgeman - drums, vocals, was in Skid Row whose other members were Brush Shields, Gary Moore, and Phil Lynott. He has since worked with Clannad, Christy Moore, Mary Black, The Waterboys, and The Chieftains.
Guitarist Ed Deane has served in The Woods Band, with Terry Woods after which he worked with Graham Parker and The Rumour, Alexis Korner, and with Scottish singer Frankie Miller (who duets with Phil Lynott on ‘Still In Love With You’ ), as well as performing on the soundtracks to Leaving Las Vegas and Serendipity.
Bassist John Quearney is a veteran of the Dublin blues scene and for many years has played alongside Pat Farrell (Midnight Well, Clannad ) and Jimmy Doyle in The Business Blues Band. John has also worked with Christy Moore, Paul Brady, and Mary Coughlan.
His son, Colm Quearney (aka Q ), is also a respected musician, as guitarist/backing vocalist with Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, Pugwash, Lir, The Pale and Cathy Davey (Colm plays support to Freddie White at The Crane on Thursday September 16 ).
The show is part of the Galway Americana Festival 2010. See www.galwayamericanafestival.com.Tickets are available from the Róisín Dubh and Zhivago.