Step into the dark side with Pat Fulgoni

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 earlier this year, gig bookings and festivals on the horizon, this year Pat has got a lot of catching up to do…

The album…

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 BandAndroid Asteroid).

Until recently, the only way to bag the album has been on CD in the Czech Republic.  We’re not saying it wasn’t worth the trip by any means, but with Lockdown 3.0 and all that, it was probably better to wait it out.

Fulgoni could sing a pearl from its oyster.

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As of April 2nd the album has been available to stream 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.

🎵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.🎵

The band…

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. The lineup is as follows:

Pat Fulgoni – vocals
Graham Young – guitar
Chillo Angelini – guitar
Sam Bolt – keys
Lincoln J Roth – bass
Billy Lockwood – drums

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.  We’ve got some gig dates for you, and Pat highly recommends keeping an eye on their Facebook page for news of upcoming gigs.

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.

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Photo credit: Tom Craig
  • 7th August – Duck & Drake 43 Kirkgate, LEEDS
  • 8th August – Blues Bar, 4 Montpellier Parade, HG1 2TJ, HARROGATEHARROGATE 9
  • 15th August – Moll Springs, Netherton, HD4 7DN, HUDDERSFIELD
  • 22nd August – Shady Grove Fest, Shady Hall Farm, Ford Rd, SHEFFIELD
  • 28th August – Lindley Woodstock, OTLEY
  • 4th September – Al’s Juke Bar, 32a Darley Street, BRADFORD

The future…

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’ on popular streaming platforms has been 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. 

Photo credit: Richard Duffy-Howard

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