Oct '23 UK tour with debut album from Tombstone Dunnery, feat. the legendary Francis Dunnery
“I just want to play straight forward blues and adapt to the existing picture frame. I want to carve my name on that old wall. That’s what I like, that’s what moves me so that’s what I’m gonna do”.
Francis Dunnery debuted his all-original new Blues band on the road in November 2022
In October, the band return to the UK circuit, armed with music from their new album - due during the Summer - much of which was showcased last year, to great acclaim:
“Packed with all the blues DNA but with a modern Francis Dunnery twist. Tombstone Dunnery took us on a complete blues journey from the Chitlin Circuit, via the Cumbrian delta, up to modern-day rocky blues”. ( live review - Sara Harding, MetalTalk )
Francis is no stranger to the blues! As well as being brought up in a household filled with his older brothers’ blues records, his blistering guitar skills also brought him to the attention of Led Zeppelin’s legendary blues front man Robert Plant with whom he played guitar for three years. “I basically got my blues education from Robert” he explains; “I think if there was a blues history competition, I would bet my life savings on Robert winning it. He knows everything about the blues. He was always telling me to listen to this guy or that guy. He told me about Robert Johnson, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Lightnin’ Hopkins, BB King and all the other legends of the genre”.
But it wasn’t until 2021 that Dunnery finally got the itch to dive headlong into recording his own first blues record. “I was listening to Robert Johnson’s repertoire at home and the spirit of the man hit me like a ton of bricks. There is something deeply moving about those early recordings and I finally woke up to the blues. It was a relief. I wrote about twenty blues songs in three days. They were pouring out of me. I can’t honestly lay claim to any of them because they are so influenced by what has gone before. You can’t really change the blues, you can only add your own emotion to the templates that already exist. And I don’t want to play new blues, a spin on the blues or even add anything new to the genre. I just want to play straight forward blues and adapt to the existing picture frame. I want to carve my name on that old wall. That’s what I like, that’s what moves me so that’s what I’m gonna do”.
The debut album is now on the blocks and officially released on 15th September. ‘The Blues of Tombstone Dunnery, Vol.1’ is quite simply, “ Blues, blues and more blues. A fantastic new album featuring Mr Dunnery on guitar. Great blues songs, great blues musicians and superb blues guitar” says the man himself.
Guitar/vocals – Francis Dunnery Bass guitar – Paul Brown Drums – Phil Beaumont Rhythm guitar – Quint Starkie Keyboards – Nigel Hopkins Brass and Woodwind – Neil Yates Backing Vocals – Deanne Blazey
12 original blues tunes, all written and arranged by Francis Dunnery. Recorded at The Forge, Oswestry and Francis' home in the USA
The album is available for pre-order here: https://francisdunnery.com/product/the-blues-of-tombstone-dunnery-cd-pre-sale/?fbclid=IwAR0rQU7UEbjwcfabHGVBTFLQiaeOJOS8NVfJoWCmZ0xdo0Iu9mMmDUqW7Bw
Francis Dunnery first hit the public stage back in the eighties as lead vocalist and guitarist for the popular progressive rock band It Bites and enjoyed early chart success throughout Europe and Asia. Over the past thirty years he has written, produced and performed music with some of the most successful artists of his time. Artists such as Led Zeppelin’s singer Robert Plant, guitar legend Carlos Santana, Squeeze stalwart Chris Difford, Stone Roses’ front man Ian Brown, R&B superstar Lauren Hill, Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett - as well as guesting with a host of bands and artists such as Yes, Hootie and the Blowfish and played alongside musical legend Chris (Yes) in The Syn.
Francis is also an accomplished Rock Icon in his own right, turning out more than ten engaging albums of original yet diverse compositions as well as international solo chart hits in various countries throughout the world. He is a musicians’ musician and a songwriters’ songwriter. This latest chapter in his long and diverse career will no doubt bring his trademark song writing quality and guitar skills to the forefront of the blues genre.
THURS 5th: OSWESTRY, Hermon Arts https://www.hermon-arts.org.uk/events/tombstone-dunnery-2023
FRI 6th; CARLISLE Blues Festival
SAT 7th: SETTLE, Victoria Hall https://www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk/eventsandshows/tombstone-dunnery-071023
SUN 8th: ASHTON-UNDER-LYME, The Witchwood https://thewitchwood.co.uk/product/tombstone-dunnery-featuring-francis-dunnery-sunday-8th-october-2023/
TUES 10th: BLACKPOOL, Waterloo Rock Bar https://www.seetickets.com/tour/tombstone-dunnery
WED 11th: HULL, Wrecking Ball Arts Centre https://wreckingballstore.co.uk/event/francis-dunnery-the-blues-of-tombstone-dunnery/
THURS 12TH: STOKE, Eleven Music Venue https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tombstone-dunnery-ft-the-legendary-francis-dunnery-live-eleven-stoke-tickets-690703682307
FRI 13TH: St. BEES, CKDCF Fundraiser Dinner & Concert
SAT. 14th – CKDCF Fundraiser Weekend, Egremont, Cumbria https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/ckdcf-benefit-concert-2023-egremont-market-hall-tickets/13038345