BLAIR & FRIENDS – Friday 28th DECEMBER

This is an extraordinary treat. Blair Mac Kichan and our good Friend Kevin Armstrong have a CV that is basically the who’s who of the great and the good of the music industry.

Here’s a brief summary from Wikipedia:

Blair MacKichan is a British actorjazz musician, vocalist and songwriter. As an actor, he appeared in adverts for Oxo during the 1980s and 1990s, while as a songwriter he has written for Will YoungSia and Lily Allen. As a musician he fronts a band named Blair and Friends.

In the Oxo adverts, MacKichan played the oldest son of the Oxo Family, starring alongside Michael Redfern and Lynda Bellingham who played his parents. He started his musical career playing drums, then later progressed to the piano. In 1997 he fronted the house band for Channel 5‘s The Jack Docherty Show, a nightly chat show recorded at the Whitehall Theatre in London. MacKichan writes a lot of his own material. He co-wrote Sia’s 2000 UK hit Taken For Granted, and won a Brit Award for the 2004 song Your Game after it became a hit for Will Young. He also co-wrote Lily Allen’s 2007 hit Shame for You.[1] In addition, Blair has composed music for film and television including an upbeat, jazzy song called “Have Fun, Go Mad” for the 1996 film “Dunston Checks In.”

Suffice it to Say Blair is a truly world class talent as a great songwriter, pianist, singer and all round superhuman frontman and will be guaranteed to blow the post Christmas cobwebs away!

 

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As if that isn’t enough, partnering Blair is Kevin Armstrong.

What does Wiki have to say about him?

Kevin Armstrong (born 2 February 1958) is an English rock guitarist, record producer and songwriter, best known for his work with David BowieIggy Pop and Morrissey.

Armstrong was signed by Charlie Gillett‘s Oval Records in 1980 and formed the group Local Heroes SW9 – as they were living in Stockwell, London – (with Matthew Seligman on bass and Kim Barti on drums) and released two albums, Drip Dry Zone in 1980 and New Opium in 1981.[1][2][3][4]

Armstrong recorded with Thomas Dolby on his first two albums The Golden Age of Wireless and The Flat Earth.[5]

Armstrong collaborated with David Bowie on the soundtrack for the film Absolute Beginners.[6] He also played in the band for David Bowie‘s Live Aidappearance in 1985[7] and recorded the song “Dancing In The Street” with David Bowie and Mick Jagger.[8]

He played guitar on the Iggy Pop 1986 album Blah Blah Blah and was musical director for Iggy Pop’s world tour in 1986/87.[9]

Armstrong joined Steve Nieve‘s band for the Jonathan Ross Channel 4 chat show The Last Resort for two seasons in 1989, accompanying Paul McCartney[10]

In 1989 David Bowie asked Armstrong to join Tin Machine[11] as the fifth member after he played on the debut album recorded in Switzerland and the Bahamas.

In 1992 he co-wrote the title track of David Bowie’s Outside album, with Bowie.[12]

Armstrong was a co-songwriter (“Piccadilly Palare“,[13] “He Knows I’d Love To See Him”[14] and “Oh Phoney”[15]) and guitarist for Morrissey for the recordings that became the album Bona Drag produced by Clive Langer.[16] In 1992 he produced the debut album by Nigerian artist Keziah Jones for Delabel France entitled Blufunk Is A Fact.[17] Later he produced other albums for Jones, Black Orpheus (2004),[18] Nigerian Wood (2008) and Captain Rugged (2013).[19]

In 2007 He was guitarist on a world tour with Sinéad O’Connor[20] and in 2010 he played on new material with Thomas Dolby and toured the world in 2012 as Dolby’s guitarist.[21] In 2015/6, he put together and led the band for Iggy Pop‘s live appearances worldwide.

 

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That’s just to let you know how lucky we are to be hosting such high calibre musicians here at Bloomsburys. And with tickets at just a tenner we’re expecting it to sell out fast so call now and book a table as this is one you simply cannot miss!!