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Tony Rees Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke (3) Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke 30 Jun 18


Hello fellow Catters, just wondering if there is any mudcat love out there for London-based acoustic/blues/roots duo Fran McGillivray and Mike Burke who have been active since the late 60s - commencing I think with 2 tracks on "Blues Like Showers of Rain volume 2", see https://www.discogs.com/Various-Blues-Like-Showers-Of-Rain-Volume-Two/release/8822904. I came across them in London in the early 70s when I was but a lad, and was most impressed by Frances' gutsy singing (shades of Memphis Minnie and Jo-Ann Kelly) and Mick (later Mike)'s accomplished guitar work. They are still active and touring today I believe, details on http://www.franmike.com/ , also I think one daughter Jo (Joanna) plays Hardanger fiddle with bands in the Brighton area and the other (Katie) is better known as award winning actress and singer Katie Brayden who is best(?) known for her portrayal of Carole King in the West End show "Beautiful" until a year or two back.

I saw them at a few festivals in the 70s but they seem to fly under the radar somewhat while continuing to make good music (if the reviews on their site are anything to go by). Just wondering if others can fill in any gaps... Regards - Tony Rees, Australia (since mid 80s...)


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