Huddersfield’s very own blues maestro Pat Fulgoni has put 2020 firmly in his rearview mirror and is speeding towards better times and a return to live music – a prospect that many of us are eagerly anticipating. With a digital release coming up, gig bookings and festivals on the horizon, this year Pat has got a lot of catching up to do…
Back in the year 2000, before streaming was a thing and we were impatiently downloading questionable mp3s from Napster, Pat headed over to Prague to record Dark Side of the Blues. He had a little help from guitarists from the Czech music scene, Jan Martinek (Žlutý Pes) and Lukáš Martinek (Alice Springs Blues Band, Android Asteroid).
Until now, the only way to bag the album has been on CD in the Czech Republic. We’re not saying it’s not worth the trip by any means, but with Lockdown 3.0 and all that, probably best not.
“Pat Fulgoni could sing a pearl
from its oyster”
– Billboard (USA)
Thankfully, from April 2nd, you’ll be able to stream the album in its entirety on iTunes and Spotify. Including covers of tunes by Ray Charles, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Lee Hooker, Led Zeppelin, Bill Withers and Thin Lizzy.
If you can’t wait that long…Stream it ahead of the digital release on bandcamp here.
🎵Editor’s top picks: It’s got to be the foot-tapping intro to ‘Think twice before you go’, closely followed by soaring vocals on ‘Hard Times’ that could bring a tear to a glass eye.🎵
“Pat Fulgoni is larger than life. Almost too monumentally avid for an industry fixated on patronisable non-entities, his singing has a confrontational musicality British pop hasn’t seen since Jack Bruce”
– The Wire
Don’t you just hate it when you’ve put together a sweet little band, lined up some superb talent, spent hours rehearsing, plotting and planning, only for a global pandemic to come along and change the world overnight?
Yeah, us too.
Before Lockdown 1, Pat assembled his new band under the evocative name of the ‘Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience’. Yes dear readers, their music is to be experienced, not merely listened to.
No sooner was a European tour being formulated, taking in venues and festivals home and abroad, than Covid-19 swept in and gave Pat and his trusty bandmates a serious case of the Corona-blues.
Worry not, you can’t keep a good band down, and the ‘Experience’ will recommence in the not too distant future. A gig at The Duck and Drake in Leeds beckons invitingly in August, and Pat highly recommends keeping an eye on their Facebook page for news of upcoming gigs.
It seems the only way is up for Pat Fulgoni, whether with his boujie blues band or flying solo. The ‘Dark Side of the Blues’ hitting popular streaming platforms in a few weeks is sure to rekindle the blues bug in longstanding fans as well as putting it out there for the next generation of Fulgoni followers to happily stumble across and adore.
Festival bookings later in the year are starting to appear in the diary, including the Šumperk Blues Alive Festival in November. Whether more of 2020’s festivals will give it another go in 2021 remains to be seen, but we’re sure the Pat Fulgoni Blues Experience will be ready when they are.