Blues music at its best with Jensens

The Jensen Interceptors play in the George and Abbotsford Hotel on April 6.
The Jensen Interceptors play in the George and Abbotsford Hotel on April 6.

The Jensen Interceptors return to the George and Abbotsford Hotel in Melrose on Saturday, April 6, alongside Stevey Hay’s Shade of Blue.

The JI’s were formed after Gary Martin of Peebles and Al Brown made a promise to great Scottish blues legend Tam White.

The five-piece which includes bassist Keith Johnston from Galashiels, Richard O’Donnell and Fraser Watson, the band’s repertoire covers the likes of Slim Harpo, little Walter, T’Bone Walker and Muddy Waters as well as their own originals.

A spokesman for the group said: “They have headlined and sold out The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, had several sell-out gigs at theatre and prestige venues throughout Scotland, as well as recording their well-received debut CD. This has led to substantial international interest and airplay for a band that is becoming established as a top live attraction wherever they play.”

Reviews of The Jensen Interceptors live have also been positive, with a blues magazine reviewer describing Gary Martin as having “the best harmonica tone in Britain and could certainly give our American neighbours a run for their money as well.”

The Scotsman newspaper added that Gary had a “real understanding of the music he was performing, adding his personal style to the band’s interpretation without detracting from the purist style they appeared to be aiming for.”

Stevey Hay is well versed in playing alongside legendary harmonica players, having starred on a tour alongside Charlie Musselwhite in the 1980s.

The gig kicks off at 8.30pm and tickets (£10) can be bought from the hotel or Guess What in Galashiels.