Jensen Interceptors cruise the blues


PEEBLES’ Eastgate Theatre hosts the Jensen Interceptors on Saturday, November 30, at 8pm, playing the classic blues style.

Fronted by ‘the pride of Peebles’ Gary Martin, the band’s repertoire tears through a mix of covers by the likes of Slim Harpo, Little Walter, T-Bone Walker and Muddy Waters, as well as original compositions.

The harmonica ace, vocalist and slide-guitar player leads the five-piece, which includes bassist Keith Johnston from Galashiels (The Stray Tones, The Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band), Richard O’Donnell (Mud In Your Ear), and inventive guitarist Al Brown (Tam White / Rev Doc and the Congregation).

Although all the musicians have performed a wide range of styles, there is a unity in their love of the blues.

Their publicist writes: “Al Brown plays scintillating guitar, Keith Johnston provides rock-solid bass lines, Otis-Spann style piano and soulful hammond by Richard ‘Snakehips’ O’Donnell are all underpinned by the dynamic drums of Jim Walker (Mr Rhythm, Tiny Crocket and The Rockets, Rootsie Tootsie Blues Band). This band shifts through the gears with enthusiasm and panache, moving from a whisper to a scream and back again.”

The Jensen Interceptors were formed after Gary Martin and Al Brown made a promise to great Scottish blues legend Tam White.

Formed at the end of 2011, the five-piece has a pedigree to rival the classic hand-built car which inspired its name. Their debut CD is called ‘File Under Blues’.

Tim Elliott of Blues ’n’ Trouble praised: “Gary Martin has the best harmonica tone in Britain and could give our American neighbours a run for their money.” Tickets £10.