Scottish blues guitarist Andy Gunn releases a new single ‘Rainbow Bird’.

The self-composed track was recorded live in one take at Castlesound Studios, near Edinburgh in December 2018.

Also performing on the single are Amy Hawthorn (second vocal and spoken word), Marissa Keltie and Caroline Gilmour (backing vocals), David Carnegie (drums), Tom Lyne (double bass), Chick Lyall (piano) and McFall’s Chamber (strings).

On the single, Gunn said: “I had this song knocking around for ages and wanted to record it live in the studio to capture the feeling and interaction between the musicians. Before I knew it, we had it down in one take which definitely reflects the natural, cohesiveness we felt while playing the track.

The musician also has a run of shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, bringing back his 2018 sell-out show From ‘T-Bone to Trucks’ alongside a new show for 2019 – ‘Fingers and Thumbs’.

From T-Bone To Trucks is a multimedia experience paying homage to electric blues guitar legends such as BB King, Clapton and Hendrix. Gunn flew to Memphis aged just 17 with Virgin Records, supported Buddy Guy and exchanged riffs with Al Green’s rhythm section.

For this show, he is backed by an eight-piece band including John McAvoy (drums), Jarad Gatton (bass), Jamie Hamilton (keys), Amy Hawthorn (vocals), Juanjo Mata de Acuna (harmonica), Neil Cuthbertson (trumpet) and Adam Cook (saxophone). There are two performances to go, on Sunday 11th and 18th August at Stramash, Venue 342. Doors 1pm. Tickets are £12.50, available from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.

Gunn also debuts an all-new show for 2019, performed in trio format. Fingers and Thumbs is described as “an eclectic exploration of various string instruments and guitars, including the ukulele and classical, steel and cigar box guitars.”
Fingers and Thumbs with Andy Gunn is on Saturday 10th and 17th August at artSpace@StMarks, Venue 125. Doors 8:20pm. Tickets are £10, available from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe website.

He added: “I’ve played all over the world, from Nashville to Kinlochbervie, but there’s something about coming home to Scotland to perform that always leaves me full of anticipation – especially when it’s in the midst of the colourful chaos of the Fringe. There’s nothing quite like it.”

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