Name of Band: Chasin’ The Train
Howlin’ Bob Clements (harps, vocals)
Tom Cuddihy (vocals, acoustic guitar)
Peter Jamieson (basses, keyboards, vocals)
Jason ‘Moon Drummer’ Little (drums)
Rory Nelson (guitars, vocals)
We would describe our music as… blues with cojones.
Background information: The band – a long-held ambition of Bob Clements – was put together at the end of 2013, and have subsequently played gigs in and around Dumfries, Ayrshire, Kilmarnock, Edinburgh and Cumbria, as well as festivals including the Frunge (Thornhill), Rockerbie, The Maryport Blues Festival, Maryport Live! and the Beltie Beer Festival (Dumfries). They take great pride in seeking out lesser-known songs or obscure versions of well-known standards to play alongside their original material. Regular gigging has enabled them to perfect their sound and build a strong reputation on the live circuit, as they continue to take their show to new audiences.
They produced a 4-track CD, (‘Off The Rails’), in May 2016, which was originally intended as a demo for new gigs and festivals. However, following public demand, a limited pressing has now sold out at their shows, and has also generated local, national and international radio play. They are currently writing, road-testing and recording new material for their debut album, having put out a 2-track digital single, (released on Friday 27th April 2018), which is available worldwide across a number of download stores and streaming services.
One of the band’s original songs – ‘Temporary Man’ – is featured on the Jock’s Juke Joint Volume 4 CD, (release date – 24th November 2018). Based on the theme of a fictitious Scottish juke joint, the collection features everything you’d wish to hear in such an establishment. Whatever your taste in blues, there is something to appeal to you. The blues in Scotland has always produced passionate performers, from pioneers like Alex Harvey, Tam White and Frankie Miller to Blues’N’Trouble, The Nimmo Brothers and Dave Arcari.
Featuring raucous harmonica, raw, powerful vocals, supercharged guitar, funky bass and rock solid drums – what’s not to like? Chasin’ The Train are primed to deliver their brand of the blues. Do yourself a favour and check out the best band you never heard of, before everyone else catches on!
Plans for 2019
The band told us, “Chasin’ the Train are hoping to continue building on the successes we had in 2018. We’re looking forward to being involved in the Big Burns Supper Hub in Dumfries, and playing at the inaugural Call of the Wild Festival near Lincoln at the end of May. We’ll be taking our brand of the blues to a bunch of new places in 2019, as well as visiting venues we’ve played before – keep an eye on the ‘Events’ part of our Facebook page. We have a bunch of self-penned songs in our set already, plus we’re constantly writing and refining new material with the aim of releasing our debut album in the second half of the year.”
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(Page updated on 05/01/19)