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GOTOBEAT SUMMER FESTIVAL
8 bands from all over the world for an incredible two-days online festival: reserve your spot now
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Andy McGarvie, The Alpacas and guests live in Old Street
Gotobeat is excited to team up with The Slaughtered Lamb to welcome an exceptional lineup on Saturday, August 29th.
ANDY MCGARVIE – ‘Black Dog sounded shit on piano, so I learnt guitar.’ It’s hard to resist the appeal of Andy McGarvie’s mischievous candour, and it’s a characteristic that underpins his latest EP, “The Blues Will Get Me Through”. An ode to the genre that inspired him, ‘The Blues Will Get Me Through’, is a record of enthusiastic devotion to his jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock ‘n roll roots. The 4-track EP tells the tale of a world-wearied journeyman finding resolve and redemption in music and love. Guitar led grooves are set to a back drop of Hammond organ and funky bass hooks, punctuated by trademark riffs and licks from McGarvie’s six-string. As a lyricist McGarvie’s words are sparse and carefully chosen, sometimes finding it easier to let his guitar do the talking. When it comes to his technical ability on guitar he stands alone, if on occasion he is accused of being overly indulgent it’s only because he can.
However, to assume that these are songs for the musical elite is a mistake. Introspective yet inclusive, McGarvie’s music will find resonance with both the music aficionados and the casual listener. His songs can be soft and disarming at times, at others, raucous and exciting; The Blues Will Get Me Through will warm the heart and move the feet. The EP comes as a culmination of a lifetime of dedication to the craft of song writing and making a living as a journeyman musician. McGarvie cut his teeth playing Melbourne’s vibrant music scene, playing numerous bars under a variety of guises. Predominantly as a lead guitarist McGarvie featured in acts including Effigy of Now, The Matt Walters Band, Nicholas Roy, The Gabriel Lynch Band and Bobby Flynn. It is under his own moniker, however, that McGarvie really honed his craft, finding the liberty to truly express himself. “The freedom to take the songs anywhere I want is something I love” he explains. This freedom is never more evident than during one of his live performances. Old songs take new form and McGarvie cuts a captivating figure on stage; a wild man on guitar with a vocal delivery that shifts between a velveteen croon and snarling war cry. What’s certain is that regardless of commercial success, radio airplay or recording contracts McGarvie isn’t giving up. With the kind of devotion that saw him tour Australia the day after a bike accident, playing gigs on crutches with a makeshift gladwrap tourniquet round his thigh, you can be sure that if you go looking you’ll find Andy playing.
THE ALPACAS – The Alpacas started as a duo in November 2011, as an exciting collaboration between Romanian singer-songwriter Andrei Ionescu and Mexican guitarist Jorge Sapién, playing in various London venues, from pubs to theatre plays and fund raising events, enjoying incredible feedback and encouragement. In summer of 2015 Adam Leaver (guitar), Koichi Shoji (bass), Jon Scott (drums), Misato Takeda (keys) and later, violinist Juri Uchishiba (2016) joined The Alpacas to form a full rocking band. Ever since, they have been playing gigs, composing new material, released two official music video and launched their first album “Pictures of you” in March 2017.