We started playing folk, roots and blues venues in the late 1970s and we appeared at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1977 following the release of our album "Into the Light"
Here are some pictures taken around that time at the Troubadour and Cambridge. Mike's still playing the J45!
Here are some pictures taken in the 80's - Fran was pregnant and Mike was wearing a tie which must have been for the first and last time! (Thanks to Steve Yates for sending the photos)
In the mid 1990s we formed the urban blues band So Long Angel, releasing two CDs, "Would it Matter" and "Falling", and touring extensively. In recent times Mike and I have been playing mostly as a duo, enjoying the intimacy of this style and producing two CDs "Restless" and "The Road that you Believe In", which have been very well received and were great fun to record.
Last year, we toured the UK as members of the Spikedrivers Blues Roots Revue and had such a ball that we decided to expand our sound a little, so we've got together with Roger Nunn, the drummer from So Long Angel to form the Fran McGillivray Band. We're loving playing as a trio, with Roger switching between full kit and djembe . We think we produce a highly distinctive sound, with lots of scope for dynamics, interplay and rhythmic improvisation. In addition to original songs, our live set features our take on songs by Little Walter, Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon as well as numbers by some of the great women of the blues - Bessie smith, Big Momma Thornton, Etta James and Memphis Minnie.
We're really pleased with the new Fran McGillivray Band CD "Some Luck", released in June 2013, which is made up mainly of original songs written by Mike and myself, some featuring special guest Alan Glen blowing some great harmonica. The songs have a broad range of tones, textures and themes, but they're all rooted in the music we love - the Blues.
Interview - on The Blues Sisterhood site April 2016: