The Average White Band to make return visit

TOP INTERNATIONAL group The Average White Band is making a return visit to Montrose in September under the auspices of Montrose Music Festival.

The gig will be a follow-up to the headlining appearance the legendary soul and funk artists made at the first festival.

Widely regarded as one of the best bands of its type in the history of music and a coup for the festival committee, the group played to a capacity audience in Montrose Town Hall.

Though perhaps best known for their timeless instrumental mega-hit “Pick Up the Pieces”, the band’s strength lies in their consistently accomplished song writing, stretching across several gold selling albums and multi-Grammy nominations for the legendary Atlantic Records.

Somewhat incongruously, given their Scottish roots, the six-piece have been heavily influenced by their R&B heroes, including Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and others, and developed their own “authentic” sound which was eagerly adopted by black audiences in the US and elsewhere.

The will be supported at their gig on Saturday, September 3, by the powerhouse rhythm and blues band Lights Out By Nine who recently did a session for Paul Jones’s show on Radio 2.

Tickets are available from Ticket Web and further information is available on the festival website at www.montrosemusicfestival.co.uk.

Another notable date for music lovers is Friday, August 19 when The Fortunate Sons, supported by Jill Jackson, will play an exclusive one-night only gig in The Links Hotel.

Both acts have performed at the festival before and The Fortunate Sons old favourites with Montrose audiences. Jill is one of the new acts to the festival circuit and so impressed was the audience with Jill’s performance when she supported this year’s headlining act, Skerryvore, that she is back by popular demand.

Jill is a Scottish singer-songwriter, guitarist and ex-front woman for Speedway, which had two top-ten hits in 2004. She has supported a number of bands including Runrig, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and Glasvegas.

Tickets for the event, costing £12, are on sale from the Park and Links hotels and Montrose Rope and Sail.

A festival spokeswoman said: “It is a real pleasure to be able to bring acts of this calibre to the town. And even more so that the acts all want to come back. It says something about the warm welcome that the Montrose audience always gives.”