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  THE PAT McMANUS BAND LIVE REVIEW AND INTERVIEW
Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth
7th March 2014


Liz Medhurst

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The Pat McManus Band may have played at the early 5.00pm Friday slot in the V Lounge at the acclaimed Legends Of Rock Festival, but the feeling was pure late Saturday night.

The Professor has been bringing his own brand of joy to crowds since 1980s with The Mamas Boys, and Celtus in the 1990s, and this evening the impeccable band, which is Pat plus bass player Marty McDermott and drummer Paul Faloon, showed us exactly what they do – play super-charged, Metalled-up, Celtic Blues Rock, with extra scoops of exuberance and delight.

The packed V Lounge was treated to a set list which covered a good span of the years – 'Runaway Dreams' from the Mamas Boys along with the evergreen and still on fire 'Needle In The Groove' right through to 'Cold Town' and 'Belfast Boy', the beautiful tribute to fellow Irishman Gary Moore, from the new album, Dark Emerald Highway.

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This showed that the quality of songwriting and performance has in no way diminished, but achieves the rare balance of being simultaneously polished and raw. The stagecraft and responsiveness of the trio is faultless and I enjoyed every minute.

For the encore, Pat introduced a special guest – guitarist Ali Clinton who was celebrating his 18th birthday that very day. Ali has been touring with Uli Jon Roth since the age of sixteen and his talent, confidence and stage presence is that of someone way beyond his years.

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For two tracks, 'Garbage Man' and 'Purple Haze', we were treated to the highest quality of guitar duelling and a huge sense of reassurance that this generation will keep the beacon of Rock and Metal burning.

After the show I caught up with Pat before the band dashed off to Holland to continue the tour.

We caught up briefly last year at the Cambridge Rock Festival (here) and the new album was just in the final stages of completion and it's now out.

"The album is out now and I was quite pleased with the result. Once it's out and mixed, I don't tend to listen to it again, I might wait a couple of years and then listen to it and say "Oh that's not bad!"

Do the songs change quite a bit in the live setting?

"Yes they do. It's funny, it's quite a creative thing in the studio, when I do it my mind goes racing off in all different tangents and the producer has to rein me in a little bit you know, and says things like 'remember that you are a three piece and if you want to play this live you have to be careful”. But we always say we'll find a way round it, and we do, so they do adapt and change.

I'm pleased as we must be doing about six or seven songs from that album so that's quite a lot, and if they cut it live then that's ok."

Well I thought so, you all really did sound amazing up there, it was great to hear a selection from across your catalogue.

"Well that's just what I do, I am a musician, I wouldn't be any good for anything else at this stage in my life! When I'm at home I also teach music three days a week and normally save the weekends for playing in Ireland and then we put the tours together and head off into Europe. I tell the kids I won't be around for five or six weeks and they're cool with that, I set them lots of homework to be getting on with.

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"I play a lot of folk music as well which I also teach when I'm not writing or playing or out on the road and when I get back we have a big concert which I always look forward to as it's totally different, I like the variety."

Do you find that the audiences are different, the English ones, the Irish ones, in Europe?

"No not at all. I love playing in England, I really genuinely do. For me, it's where the music business is, and the people in England know their music. In Ireland it's marvellous as well, in Europe they are still marvellous, but I don't know, it was always an ambition of mine to play in England and to get a good reaction from the people, because some of the greatest bands in the world have come from England. I don't care what anybody says, it was this country that set the benchmark for every other country including America, so for me to get the seal of approval here means more to me than anything else."

You all certainly went down an absolute storm here this evening! There is something special about this festival which is now in its third year. Love and family are two words that I keep overhearing in conversations today.

"Well you could feel that this evening when we were actually playing, and they are very good here in that they allow you to play and be yourself and from our point of view that's great cos we love it. My whole thing is that I write music and play, it's also my hobby.

"When you get that sort of appreciation that we got this evening it makes you more determined to go back and do better."

So tell me about the boy wonder Ali Clinton, you said you'd known him for a while?

"I met his dad when I was playing in a biker festival in Ireland and his dad has a T shirt company called Clinton Enterprises, they do mostly motorbike ranges, and he's a mad blues fiend. He said he had got a young lad and he asked me to give him some tuition, so I've been mentoring Ali since he was 11.

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"I would fly over in between gigs and things to specifically do it and then fly back. People think I'm nuts but when you have such a good kid like that it's worth it. He was so into it and he's developed into such a great great player, and of course he's now playing with Uli Jon Roth, that just goes to show you the measure of the guy as Uli wouldn't have anyone in the band that couldn't really do their thing.

"So for me it was a great seal of approval - yes it worked, that kind of thing. Ali and I have remained friends and I try to steer him as best I can. I don't know everything and he'll probably go off on his own tangent and do his own thing now, but at least I can tell him that I've been up and down the highway a few times and I can tell him the pitfalls, I can do that for him, it's really valuable.

"He's in the midst of doing his first album, so I got him to record in Belfast where I could keep an eye on him and make sure it turned out the way he hoped it would turn out. The four or five completed tracks are absolute crackers."

To me it's such a relief that the mantle is being passed on and this amazing music that we all love so much will continue with the likes of Ali.

"Yes, classic rock is classic for a reason. I come from the whole ethos and tradition that when you teach music you teach it because you love it and you pass it on. So I get guys saying but you're showing them, you're showing them all your tricks, but why not? It's meant to be passed on, it's not meant to be kept and die with the person.

"Yes they will have a different take on it, but that's evolution, it moves on, but their hearts are set so they know where the core of it is coming from originally. So I never have any problems showing anybody or trying to help them the best I can, because it keep the music that I love alive."

I can see the love – you radiate from every pore the absolute love of what you do.

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"I do really love it, it's not a stage persona, it's what I am, it's who I am, and when I get up on stage it's, again it comes from the very folky thing, everybody will get together because we actually like playing the music, if people don't want to listen that's cool, we can actually play in the corner ourselves – we are all grins and smiles and it carries over to what I do, it's the way I grew up playing music, and we try to share it as best we can."

So what's next? Obviously the new album is just out so you are promoting that, do have any longer term plans?

"No. We'll tour it for a while, I've had thoughts of maybe doing an acoustic album as I've never done a real acoustic album so far, so I might come up with something on that front, it just depends, it moves along at different stages, see how it goes."

Well I am thrilled that you are with us, your presence and that of the band has made a lot of people very happy and it's been an honour to be part of it.

"It's a real honour for me and privilege; I consider it an honour to be allowed to get up on stage and play, that's how I see it. When I do it I give 100%, and I'm not coming off stage saying well that could have been better, or not caring. I think when that starts happening to musicians they should pack it in. If they feel like that then go and get a job! If I hear moaning I just think well why are you doing it if it's such a bother to you? I love it and I have no bones about saying it!"

You are a long, long way from getting to that stage thankfully!

"I wouldn't do it! It doesn't matter if the place is full or if there are only ten people there, I would still play the same way, so I can come off and say that I did my best."

Set List:
S before The X
The Riddle
Moonchild
Got The Right
Ready To Rock
Juggernaut
Runaway Dreams
The Messiah Will Come Again
Cold Town
Return of the G Man
Oh Well
Belfast Boy
Needle In The Groove

Garbage Man
Purple Haze

The Pat McManus Band:
Pat McManus - Lead Vocals + Electric and Acoustic Guitars and Violin
Marty McDermott – Bass + Backing Vocals
Paul Faloon - Drums

Online:
www.patmcmanus.co.uk


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Watch the thematic centerpiece for the album 'Severance' right here...

hordes of belial DEF CON ONE ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINERS FOR HORDES OF BELIAL V: A 2014 SCOTTISH EXCLUSIVE
The Geordie quartet will play the Dundee event along with other high quality Metal bands...

sikth SIKTH ANNOUNCE HEADLINE TOUR OF THE UK
"We decided we had to do a full UK tour, just one show was never gonna be enough for us... Also we aim to add some 'never played before live songs' too"...

tankard TANKARD ANNOUNCE HILARIOUS NEW ANIMATED VIDEO FOR 'FOOLED BY YOUR GUTS'
The latest track from 'R.I.B.' (Rest In Beer) has been created by producers from The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology...

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE US SUMMER DATES WITH KISS & DEF LEPPARD
The band are ready to "bring some some kick ass, analog rock and roll music to all of you with the legendary KISS and Def Leppard and help make your summer as memorable as possible"...

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE ONE-OFF INTIMATE UK SHOW AT THE BORDERLINE, LONDON
The Borderline show is on 27th June. The Metal heavyweights will also headline Yorkshire's Ghostfest on 28th June...

Eluveitie ELUVEITIE RELEASE FIRST SINGLE 'KING' ONLINE, TAKEN FROM THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'ORIGINS'
The Swiss Folk-Metallers release a mighty tale of the historical figure Ambicatus...

sikth UK TECH-FEST WELCOMES THE GODFATHERS OF UK TECH-METAL SIKTH TO THE BILL
Djent monsters Monuments and acoustic guitar master Jon Gomm also join the line up...

escape the fate ESCAPE THE FATE ANNOUNCE UK TOUR FOR OCTOBER 2014
Now it is time for UK audiences to get their first look at the new look Escape The Fate...

anthrax ANTHRAX ANNOUNCE LIMITED EDITION COLOURED VINYLS AS PART OF THRASH BACK CAMPAIGN
Celebrate 30 years of Thrash with reissues from Anthrax and other classic bands...

gatecreeper GATECREEPER RELEASE VIDEO FOR THEIR SELF TITLED EP
'Force Fed' is available as one of the tracks on the pay what you want download...

jonny morelli JONNY MORELLI, DRAUGR DRUMMER DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT
Condolences start to pour in for the musician, tattoo artist and writer...

at the gates AT THE GATES ANNOUNCE FIRST EVER IRISH SHOW, BLOODSHOT DAWN TO SUPPORT
Swedish Melodic Death Metal pioneers to play Dublin in January 2015...

nita strauss ALICE COOPER ADDS NEW GUITARIST NITA STRAUSS TO LINEUP FOR 2014 SUMMER/FALL TOURS
The LA guitar wiz will join the tour in Michigan on June 26...

whitechapel WHITECHAPEL PREMIERE NEW VIDEO 'WORSHIP THE DIGITAL AGE'
The clip is the first full performance video from 'Our Endless War' and was directed by acclaimed director David Brodsky...

behemoth BEHEMOTH, DECAPITATED & GRAND MAGUS ANNOUNCED FOR DECEMBER TOUR
A chance for the UK to see 'The Satanist' performed in all its hellish glory...

steel panther STEEL PANTHER ANNOUNCE THEIR BIGGEST EVER UK TOUR
The dates include a night at the legendary Wembley arena in March 2015...

alestorm ALESTORM UNVEIL NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'DRINK'
If you need a new anthem of the summer then look no further...

rik mayall RIK MAYALL'S 'NOBLE ENGLAND' SONG HEADING FOR NUMBER ONE SPOT AS ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP ANTHEM
The beloved late comedian looks set to storm the UK Top 10 with his lost anthem...

red dragon cartel EXCLUSIVE: RED DRAGON CARTEL GIGS BACK ON - BAND TO PLAY MANCHESTER AND BUCKLEY THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
Tickets for both shows will be at the special price of £10 as a gesture to fans who were inconvenienced by last weekend's events...

brutal truth DAN LILKER OF BRUTAL TRUTH INVITES YOU TO OBSCENE EXTREME FESTIVAL
This will most likely be the very last chance fans will get to see Danny and Brutal Truth live in Europe...

belphegor BELPHEGOR PUT THE FIRST 'CONJURING THE DEAD' STUDIO TRAILER ONLINE
The Black Metal giants are gearing up to unleash their tenth album ...

ill nino ILL NIÑO RELEASE ALBUM TITLE AND NEW SINGLE
Every pre-order for Till Death, La Familia will receive an instant download of 'Live Like There's No Tomorrow' and will automatically be entered to win an ESP guitar autographed by Ill Niño. ...

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS WILL BE OPENING ACT FOR KISS AND DEF LEPPARD THIS SUMMER
The new album 'High Priestess' will be released in September...

triaxis becky TRIAXIS ANNOUNCE NEW BASSIST & NEW ALBUM PLANS
Outstanding bassist Becky Baldwin joins the Welsh Metallers for third studio album...

rival sons tour RIVAL SONS ANNOUNCE DECEMBER UK TOUR
Following their current run of sold-out dates, the Californians return this winter with their unmissable live show...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' IN SEPTEMBER 2014
The celebratory album features Ronnie Wood, Andy Fraser, Simon Kirke, Ian Hunter and more...

arch enemy ARCH ENEMY REVEAL NEW VIDEO FOR 'NO MORE REGRETS'
The album 'War Eternal' is out now worldwide and the band hit the road from July to December...

sanctuary SANCTUARY FINISH RECORDING NEW ALBUM AND ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE DATE
'The Year The Sun Died' will be out on September 29th in Europe...

rock metal circus ROCK AND METAL CIRCUS ANNOUNCE NEW VENUE FOR 2015
Roll up to Northants for Voodoo Six, Tygers of Pan Tang, Wolf plus some of the hottest new acts around...

aor 3 NIGHT RANGER TO HEADLINE HRH AOR 3
Adrenaline-fuleed rock and roll is the latest addition to the bill...

alz grinder ALZ-GRINDERS PLAN GRINDING FOR A CURE VOL 4
Over 300 extreme bands have contributed to the fundraising albums so far...

cambridge rock festival LINE-UP FOR CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL ALMOST COMPLETE
The main stage is booked and stages 2 and 3 are filling up fast...

headbangers open air ANVIL REPLACE DEATH ANGEL FOR HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR
After Death Angel cancelled their entire European tour, Anvil step in with a special "best of" set...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH CANCELS GUITAR GODS DATES IN NORTH AMERICA
It's official - this guitar god has been grounded by visa problems...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'DIFFERENT SHADES OF BLUE'
The new album of all original material lands on 22nd September...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL ISSUE STATEMENT OVER WOLVERHAMPTON GIG CANCELLATION
The band made a barbed official statement denying the reasons for the cancellation made by the promoter without actually addressing the main issue...

red dragon cartel BREAKING NEWS: RED DRAGON CARTEL CANCEL WOLVERHAMPTON SHOW, REST OF UK TOUR IS OFF, DOWNLOAD IN JEOPARDY
An argument broke out between the band and promoter Denise Dale who was representing Metal Music Bookings and Management...

uli jon roth ULI JON ROTH FACES CANCELLATION OF HIS PARTICIPATION IN GUITAR GODS TOUR
"The tour is in jeopardy...this has never happened in over thirty years of visas"...

les fest wiston LES-FEST ANNOUNCES MAIN STAGE TIMES
Get the latest from Scotland's premier Metal festival right here...

beermageddon METAL FEST BEERMAGEDDON STRENGTHEN THE LINE UP YET AGAIN...WITH EVEN MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Jaldaboath, Monumentomb and Furyborn are among the latest additions...

blues pills DORIAN SORRIAUX FROM BLUES PILLS PERFORMS A GUITAR PLAY-THROUGH OF THE BAND'S NEW TRACK
Watch and learn as Dorian deconstructs 'High Class Woman'...

cj wildheart CJ WILDHEART RELEASES FIRST SOLO ALBUM IN SEVEN YEARS
'Mable' is available for pre-order now via Pledgemusic. CJ will also be releasing his own brand of hot sauces this year...

hrh aor3 HRH AOR ANNOUNCE FIRST 10 BANDS
FM, Dare, The Poodles and Starz lead the charge for March 2015...

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