Tam White and the Sermon Orchestra
This article is from 2009.
Preaching a funky lesson
Tam White is Scotland’s best-known blues voice, but he has a lot more than a 12-bar in his locker. His baptism as a pop singer in the 60s eventually led to the jazz-tinged blues of The Dexters, and on to settings that ranged from a celebrated duo with pianist Brian Kellock to ten-piece ensembles with the late Boz Burrell.
The Sermon Orchestra will echo that latter band in its format of rhythm trio (with Paul Harrison on organ) augmented by horns, and he will have singer Niki King and her brother Toni on board as special guests.
While Tam is entirely at home in the intimacy of duo and trio settings, he admits that he loves the power of the big unit around him, and happily grabs any opportunity to do so – and recession be damned.
The expanded instrumentation and arrangements add extra dimensions to both the material – whether originals or classic covers – and his manipulation of vocal tone and colour.
Queen’s Hall, 473 2000, 29 Aug, 7pm, £15 (£12).