Eastern influence

The Yardbird Live in Spain

The Yardbirds are off to Spain tomoorow for 3 concerts in Valladolid, Madrid and Bilbao. It will be a fantastic opportunity to soak up a few of the many facets of Iberian culture, albeit for a short time. Another great culture that has been heavily influenced by Moorish and Arabic culture, architecture, science, mathematics… you name it, it’s there.

Following our recent gigs in Istanbul, Turkey, I have been pondering the influence of “Eastern” music on “Western” rock, including my own songs.

As you know, The Yardbrids were in effect a “fusion band” blending their blues influence with other in musical landscapes in true psychedelic fashion.


Perhaps the best example being “Happenings Ten years time ago“, voted top psychedelic tune by Record Buyer. It was the first single to feature Jimmy Page, and (future Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones) Voted number 3 in Record Collector’s “100 Greatest Psychedelic Records“, and was covered by Todd Rundgren in 1976 on his album Faithful.

Led Zeppelin

It is of course well-know that Pagey went on to explore eastern sounds in Led Zeppelin – the trancendent “Kashmir” springs to mind, and one of my favourite Zep tracks “Dancing Days

Lewis Taylor

Another of my musical heroes is this mysterious character called Lewis Talyor, a monster musician, and a master of that British thing we call “understatement”, kind of Prince-meets-

Curtis Mayfield-meets-Beach Boys-not-forgetting-Steely-Dan. Now retired from music, and having more or less completely erased his internet footprint, his best known moment was via

Robbie Williams, who covered a LT song called Love Light. However, I like him best when he mixes euphoria-inducing dark soul with eastern-tinged psychedelia. His first album was a masterpiece, and an enduring playlist favourite.

Several of the songs have thie wonderful meandering quality like a lazy road trip with a few surprise turns, and all-too-brief soulful guitar solos. Do yourself a favour and listen to “Lucky”, “Bittersweet” and “Track” on we7 (or grooveshark or spotify etc) http://www.we7.com/#/album/Lewis-Taylor/Lewis-Taylor-Spectrum.

The Yardbirds live in Spain in December:

Dec 9th, 2010, Carrion Theatre, Valladolid
Dec 10th, 2010, Heineken, Madrid.
Dec 11th, 2010, Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao


Update for September and October


Forthcoming gigs:

The Half Moon pub, 1 Roxeth Hill, Harrow – Friday 3rd September – Acoustic solo gig – dusting off some old favourites… Mangling some others…

The Tabernacle – Powis Square Notting Hill London W11 2AY- Saturday 4th September: Wade Bayliss presents The Island Experiment – Short acoustic solo set featuring some new songs.

Recording sessions

This week I will also be doing some recording sessions for my friend Juliet Russell, director of Sense of Sound, the singing ensemble which I sometimes do work for. I am playing guitar on some tracks from her forthcoming album. The band are also rehearsing for 2 showcase gigs where Juliet will will be performing songs from the album. How would I describe the style? Folky acoustic flavour, with a cheeky pop twist probably!

Dates and venues

Tuesday 14th September, 8pm The Bluecoat Liverpool, supporting Killerfernandez

Wednesday 15th September, 7.30pm, The Forge Camden, London.

Sense of Sound at The Mobo Awards

Following the success of our “Let it Be Live” events in Paris and Lyon, France, Sense of Sound have also been invited to perform at the Mobo Awards nominations event, on 8th September, the precursor to the actual event in October.

Album recording and video shoot

After some frustrating technical hitches, I am heading back into the studio to complete the last couple of tracks for my album.

I am also planning a video shoot for a couple of tracks off the album

OCTOBER – The Yardbirds on tour

The Yardbirds will be on tour in France for most of October, supporting the British blues legend John Mayall

I can’t think of many places I’d rather be on tour for a month, with the caveat that I will most likely need to shed a few gourmet kilos on my return.


Oct 2nd, 2010 Ris-Orangis (nr Paris), Le Plan
Oct 5th, 2010 Le Mans, L`Oasis
Oct 6th, 2010 Nantes, Cite des Congres
Oct 8th, 2010 Dunkerque, La Poudriere
Oct 9th, 2010 Nancy, Jazz Pulsations
Oct 12th, 2010 Tours, Joue les Tours
Oct 13th, 2010 Reims, La Cartonnerie
Oct 14th, 2010 Paris, La Cigal
Oct 15th, 2010 Angers, Cite des Congres
Oct 17th, 2010 Bordeaux, Theatre Femina
Oct 18th, 2010 Toulouse, Le Bikini
Oct 20th, 2010 Marseille, Epace Julien

Andy Mitchell Live at The Portobello Acoustic Sessions

Dear all,

Great night last night at The Portobello Acoustic sessions.

They’re running a new night called The Platform on Thursdays, and I supported the incredible Tarrbaby – great, great talent

Producer Ken Gibson was in the house, as was Juliet Russell, both involved in the forthcoming CD The Island Experiment Part 1 available now on iTunes.

You can read a gig review here: altsounds

Andy Mitchell on myspace – myspace.com/andymitchellrock

The Island Experiment – myspace.com/theislandexperiment

Portobello Acoustic sessions – myspace.com/portobelloacousticsessions

Andy Mitchell – Live gig dates

Tomorrow Wednesday 1st April at
The Island
123 College Road
Kensal Green
£ f-r-e-e

…you’d be a fool to miss it.

Next Week, Wednesday 8th April supporting the amazing Tarrbaby:

The Portobello Acoustic Sessions at The Metropolitan,
Great Western Road
Next t westbourne Park Tube station

£ f-r-e-e


The Island Experiment acoustic album available now on iTunes, featuring
Andy Mitchell
Wade Bayliss
Paul Gillen
Henry Blake
Juliet Russell
Ben Thomas Brown
Den Bailey
Laura Mathews
Karin Fransson
Danny Antrobus
Scotty Mac
Hayley Tucker
Produced by Ken Gibson

Andy Mitchell on myspace: myspace.com/andymitchellrock