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Some Luck

by Fran McGillivray Band

Progressive roots music with a strong blues flavour, featuring Fran's soulful and compelling singing, and powerful and expressive guitar from Mike Burke.
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Front Seat
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2. Sink or Swim
3:32 $0.99
3. Candle Burning
2:42 $0.99
4. Everybody's Gone
3:10 $0.99
5. Hop High
2:27 $0.99
6. In or Out
3:09 $0.99
7. When a Love Grows Cold
2:32 $0.99
8. Sitting On Top of the World
2:33 $0.99
9. Got to Keep Moving
2:53 $0.99
10. Going Real Slow
3:09 $0.99
11. Some Luck
2:22 $0.99
12. Give & Take
3:45 $0.99
13. Last Fair Deal
2:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Fran McGillivray Band:
Fran McGillivray: Vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
Mike Burke: guitars, mandola, mandolin
Roger Nunn: Drum kit, djembe, percussion

Following the critical acclaim for "The Road That You Believe In" (see below), Fran McGillivray & Mike Burke have collaborated with ace percussionist Roger Nunn on this latest collection of songs. The sound is rootsy, rhythmic and soulful, and the songs express a variety of moods, from the tongue-in-cheek musings of "In or Out" and "Some Luck, and the joie-de-vivre of "Big Front Seat", through the cool reflection of "Sink or Swim" to the poignancy of Robert Johnson's "Last Fair Deal". Special guests are harmonica supremo Alan Glen and "The Burkettes", Jo Burke & Katie Brayben on backing vocals.

Reviews for "Some Luck"

Some Luck is an easy-going blues/country album with rich acoustic tones that are deeply rooted.
The heart of the band' is Fran McGillivray on vocals and Mike Burke on guitar, those two members of the band have been together playing music since the seventies. And you can tell, they have a real musical connection with each other. Fran has a very subtle, earthy voice that's in the vein of Bonnie Raitt or Rory Block.Fran McGillivray doesn't push her voice and try to emulate the heavier blues singers of yore, she just leans back and stays in the groove, and it works. Regarding Mike Burke's guitar playing; he's also very laid back, and is a great blues player, especially when he plays his resonant guitar, he can really make it sing. His playing is also very JJ Cale and Jazzy. The two lead musicians complement each other so much that they feel like one.
I'm going to give you the album highlights: It opens with 'Big Front Seat' where Fran and Mike quickly establish their mellow county-blues sound with this cool little number. On 'Candle Burning' harmonica comes to the fore complemented by Mike's clean slide guitar. On this number Fran gets into her bluesy roots with some nice vocal work. One the of the highlights of the album is the moving county-folk track 'When A Love Grows Cold' a bitter-sweet melody about the regrets of a wrecked love affair, the memorable lyric is 'bricks fall down ceilings crash', reminding us that one of the core themes of all blues and country is failed love. Son House, one of the blues pioneers said that blues was always about the Love and Pain between a man and woman, and this album definitely taps into that idea. Later comes the title track 'Some Luck' an upbeat, catchy little number the rolls along as if it were on train-tracks. It has a nice groove to it. Also the album includes some nice standards like; 'Sitting On Top Of The World' and 'Last Fair Deal'. What I like about these renditions is that they have been interpreted in a very original and unique way, Fran and Mike have put their stamp on these songs and made them their own, especially 'Sitting On Top Of The World' which has been slowed down in tempo to create a more soulful, blue quality. It really works!
These musicians are the real deal, they are clearly passionate about what they are doing and have deep roots in county-blues and folk. So if you’re looking for something bluesy and soothing with good musicianship this should be for you.

David Hirst A3 Music

Reviews for "The Road That You believe In"

Fran's singing shines on this selection of four covers and nine original songs, songs that she's co-written with long-time partner Mike Burke. Mike, on guitars, mandola, cajon, and harmonica, tastefully accompanies Fran as she sings her way through a range of material...contemporary, blues, ballads, and country.

Dave Peabody - Folk Roots Magazine

This CD really is back to basics and is quite sparse musically, letting the collection of self-penned and traditional numbers breathe. It is beautifully delivered, with McGillivray on vocals singing in a warm, slightly husky tone, whilst Burke accompanies her on guitar, with flourishes of harmonica and mandolin to add some colour. The guitar stays in the background and serves to complement the overall picture and there isn’t a solo in sight, but this is a thoroughly enjoyable set. The sound is a very mellow, laid-back affair, bordering towards the folk side of the Blues, but Blues nonetheless, with tunes such as “Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor” and “Researching The Blues” upholding this case. A gorgeous “Wayfaring Stranger” is one highlight, as well as the soulful sermon “Message From My Heart”. The quiet simplicity of cuts such as “The Snows They melt The Soonest” and the title track will keep you warm during winter.

Andrew Baldwin - "Blues Matters" Magazine January 2010

Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke mix original songs with blues covers such as “Dink’s Song” and “Make me a Pallet on your Floor” and the English tradition on “The road that you believe in”. Mike’s restrained resonator guitar and Fran’s earthy voice make an intriguing combination that puts a new twist on old music.

Rock and Reel Magazine January 2010

"The Road That You Believe In finds the musical partners Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke cover a lot of musical ground over the thirteen tracks of the latest release.

Fran's warm vocals mix well with the sympathetic finger picking acoustic guitar, mandola,cajon and harmonica playing of Mike, whilst support is provided by Roger Nunn on kit drums, percussion and djembe, whilst Jo Burke provides fiddle on one track.

Most of the tracks feature acoustic country blues overtones matched by the deep singing of Fran, who at times sounds like a mix of Rory Block and Bonnie Raitt, particularly on the traditional songs such as "Dink's Song" and their effective versions of both "Wayfaring Stranger" and "Make Me a Pallet On Your Floor".

The duo's own songs come from the same deep well, with the traditional folk and blues style of "The Snows they melt the Soonest" and the title ballad "The road that you believe in" being the pick of the very good songs on this album that is worth a proper listen for fans of most forms of acoustic music"

Ben Macnair - Blues in Britain Magazine

"Absolutely lovely and gorgeous - had it on repeat in the car" Andy Garland, BBC Radio Kent, Nov'09

"There are so few Blues musicians playing the folk clubs these days so it's great to see and hear Fran and Mike still flying the flag.
This brand new album features Mike's superbly sharp guitar playing counterbalanced by Fran's effortless, but still earthy, vocals on a well thought - out set of material, ranging from traditional pieces like " Dink's Song" and "Wayfaring Stranger" to nine of their own joint compositions. Of the latter, I was particularly impressed with "I'd come running" and the CD's title song, but there wasn't a single track which didn't appeal."

Jim Marshall, The Folk Diary - Nov'09

"The Road That You Believe In". Stripped back to the basics, it's an album of such subtle beauty it could breathe life into the coldest of hearts. Similarly it's an album that'll have you convinced the Thames Estuary feeds into the Mississippi Delta. The songs are a collection of self penned and traditional, I don't think I've heard a stronger "Wayfaring Stranger"."
Neil King, Fatea - Oct'09



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