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Canada's Russell deCarle on biggest UK tour ever with 8 Scottish dates " .... a superb level of playing that is rare and precious, are as close to joined-at-the-hip perfection as can ever be encountered.”

There is always healthy debate about the term “legendary” being used to describe a performer – and not without good reason. Most agree that, at the very least, some pedigree is required - built on achievement, length of service, and depth of character. Few would argue that Canadian Russell deCarle has done more than enough in an astonishing career to have won well-earned right to be crowned accordingly. The singer, guitarist and writer famously fronted iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster over many years and in the process racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and Number 1 singles. As a songwriter, he carried off two SOCAN Song of the Year accolades. Surprisingly, he is set to embark on his most extensive UK and Ireland tour ever and this time, he’s flying over the Atlantic in paredback trio format – the line-up that has recently been winning him a huge amount of praise on his home turf. Scottish-based roots music agency, Brookfield-Knights hooked up with them after seeing them perform in Toronto two years ago. Head booker Loudon Temple says they stood head and shoulders above the competition at the annual Folk Alliance International showcases when he visited as delegate.

sidelines! He is a classy performer whose heart knows how to deliver a lyric. There’s a luxuriously laid back rockabilly edge to the fluent mix of blues, jazz and R&B-tinged western swing that pays homage to some of his all-time favourites,” he added. Loudon continued, “These days, he’s gone back to much more rootsy acoustic basics and, bound together by a superb level of playing that is rare and precious, are as close to joined-at-the-hip perfection as can ever be encountered.” The seasoned front man is joined by superlative compadres Denis Keldie (accordion) and Steve Briggs (acoustic guitar). Temple adds: “The musicianship is dazzling even when the tone is understated and in the gentlest of ‘nice and easy does it’ grooves. Russell delivers his rock ‘n’ roll with panache as his monstrously talented side men take virtuoso into a stratosphere that lies somewhere between JJ Cale and the very best Gyspy Jazz you ever heard. “Distilled from the soundtrack he grew up with, and all of the good stuff absorbed since setting out as a performer, the set list features classics from the past as well as original material ends up as full-bodied, rich and satisfying as a bottle of deluxe Scotch whisky.” Since issuing two well-received albums in Europe over the past two years, deCarle has been picking up some great reviews for his records too, Maverick magazine describing the last album as "astonishing" and Country Music People saying: “This is old-school masterclass.”

GIGnotes ..... (APRIL) 21: Woodend Tennis Club, Jordanhill, Glasgow; 22: The Byre Theatre, St Andrews; 23: ‘Live’ Theatre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne; 24: Dundee Acoustic Music Club (afternoon), Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline (evening); 25: Traverse Theatre Bar, Edinburgh; 27: Performing Arts Centre, Kilbarchan; 29: a Glenbuchat Hall, Strathdon; (MAY) 1: Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. www.brookfield-knights.com/up-coming-tours.html

“The calibre of performance at the event is as high as it gets,” he recalled, “and Russell and www.russelldecarle.com www.facebook.com/RusselldeCarle his sidekicks blew everyone else into the https://twitter.com/RusselldeCarle

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