Robin Auld Trio
Slide guitar, harmonica, African blues guitar stylings and soul vocals all feature in the fresh and vibrant roots sound of Robin Auld.
Born in Lusaka, Zambia to Scots parents, Robin’s childhood was spent alternating between Southern Africa and Scotland; a journey reflected in the African and Celtic influences in his music. He learned to play the guitar by listening to Hendrix, Ry Cooder and Neil Young, also absorbing influences from the various guitarists of Southern Africa. Since starting to produce his own albums, his music has evolved from the pop sound of his earlier recordings to the contemporary mix of his music today.
Currently based in the UK, he has performed and recorded in New York, London, Glasgow and Nashville, opening for and performing with acts such as Lloyd Cole, Angelique Kidjo, Michelle Shocked, Jackson Brown and Seasick Steve.
His latest album, “Fingers in my Pocket”, recorded in London in late 2010, is a collection of roots and blues songs…..Robin describes it as being a ”walkin’, credit card, institutional failure, mean women and a sore head” kind of album.. African influences are never far away though, with a reggae song and even a Cape Town goema tune to pepper the mix!
Playing with him the 17th will be Schalk Joubert and Barry van Zyl.
Schalk is not only one of South Africa’s top bass players with credits with a vast array of artists, but is a bandleader in his own right with his Kayamundi project.
Barry van Zyl needs no introduction as the drummer for Johnny Clegg, and also has a CV of top SA and international collaborations.
As a trio they recorded Robin’s album “Over the Mountain”, where the free- form improvisational spirit of their live shows was captured in a collection of African blues-rock songs, and music lovers can expect a set of uplifting and engaging music on the 17th. .
“Sunkissed and generous of melody” Whisperin’and hollerin’ Ireland.
“A genuine and unaffected flowing together of cultural strands. ” Unpeeled UK.