Springsteen Sessions’ Glory Days

The Springsteen Sessions
The Springsteen Sessions

SCOTLAND’S tribute to The Boss, The Springsteen Sessions, comes to Hawick Town Hall and The Maltings in Berwick next month, and to Peebles Burgh Hall in February.

After their festival appearances this summer on the Grass Roots Stage at Belladrum, and at North Berwick’s Fringe By The Sea, The Springsteen Sessions are undertaking a 20-date winter tour of Scotland and the north of England, from Lerwick to Berwick.

“For three years now,” writes their promoter, “this talented group of Scottish musicians have thrilled audiences across the country with their driving and dynamic versions of the very best of The Boss and The E Street Band – from the early albums like Greetings from Asbury Park right through to Wrecking Ball.

“From the moment The Springsteen Sessions arrive on stage, they take you on a musical journey down E Street that will leave you enthralled, excited and exhausted by a gripping and energetic two-hour show.

“Covering over four decades of The Boss, this tight unit of accomplished musicians tear into such mighty classics as Born To Run, Hungry Heart, Glory Days, The River, Born In The USA, I’m On Fire, Dancing In The Dark and Atlantic City.

The promoter advises: “Sit back and enjoy the pure sounds of Bruce Springsteen and the legendary E Street Band – from iconic anthems to rare B-sides, they are all here. No true Springsteen fan will want to miss this.”

The Springsteen Sessions’ Borders tour begins at 7.30pm in each of the three venues: in Hawick on Saturday, November 2, followed by Berwick on Friday, November 15, and then Peebles on Saturday, February 1.

All the classics and the anthems are delivered with massive attention to detail, ensuring that the authentic sound of the E Street Band is delivered with the kind of intensity that is reminiscent of their early days at The Stone Pony in New Jersey, where it all kicked off for The Boss more than 40 years ago.

The band is full of experienced musicians, many of whom are well known in music circles through involvement with other projects.

Fronted by vocalist and harmonica player (The Boss) Dougie Robertson, the band consists of Cammy Maxwell (bass/vocals), Miami Pete (guitar/vocals), Tom Brogan (sax/guitar/vocals), Gavin Paterson (piano) and Gary Johnstone (drums) – all well known on the Glasgow music scene. The line-up is completed by Pete Clark from Edinburgh on organ/synth.

The band formed in 2010 as Brilliant Disguise, with musicians from Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Edinburgh, and after an intense rehearsal period, they launched their career in February 2011 with a low-key debut at Glasgow’s Islay Inn.

After a series of shows in Edinburgh, Bathgate, Inverness and East Kilbride at the turn of the year, the band began preparing for a show in Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry in July, and a couple of festivals in August – Belladrum, and Fringe By The Sea.

Tickets for the Hawick show are available from Capability Scotland at 47 High Street, Hawick (01450 373468), and for the Berwick show at www.maltingsberwick.co.uk or 01289 330 999.

Both the Hawick and Peebles concerts can be booked at www.borderevents.com/boxoffice.