10 June 2013

Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald @ Blade Factory Liverpool 15 June

Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald @ Blade Factory Liverpool 15 June

Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald @ Blade Factory Liverpool 15 June

Saturday 15 June 2013 8:00 pm
Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald
Blade Factory at Camp and Furnace £10

Blade Factory, the new live music venue on Greenland Street and the latest development of the impressive event and restaurant space Camp and Furnace, has joined together with Liverpool Philharmonic to present Skip ‘Little Axe’ McDonald, Saturday 15 June.

Providing guitars, bass, keyboards, and vocals, Little Axe is the return to the blues that Skip grew up with and learned from his father. Born Bernard Alexander on 1 September 1949, Dayton, Ohio. Skip McDonald learned to play the blues on his father's guitar from the age of 8, although by the time he was 12 years old he had opted to perform doo-wop.

McDonald has played on records by Grandmaster Flash,  Afrika Bambaata, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, James Brown, Robert  Plant, Mark Stewart and The Mafia, Sinead O’Connor and Megadeth. He made his name as an integral part of the Sugar Hill house band playing on the most influential early rap classics like Rapper’s Delight, The Message and White Lines.

Continuing the past meets present theme, Skip McDonald’s Little Axe performance mixes blues and roots music with modern technology, and for this very special appearance McDonald will provide blues vocals and guitar loops while Matt ‘The Assembly Worker’ Smyth will feature on laptop and electronics. Smyth controls the beats, the bass and adds
layers of reverb and delay to the tracks while Skip McDonald mainlines the old Delta blues. Together they plug it into the 21st century.

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