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Bob Dylan Tribute
A celebration of the musical legacy of the icon that is Mr Bob Dylan.
With a nod to 'Highway 61 Revisited' featuring songs such as 'Like a Rolling Stone' and 'Desolation Row', the band have taken the time to revisit his music with great respect. Taking a good time approach to the rock and roll, blues, folk, country and jazz of his 50 years legacy of song writing, with top musicians in love with his music, and having a great time playing it.
The show is about the songs and the band and draws inspiration from all the great Dylan bands from THE BAND to the line-up he uses today.
With some initial acoustic songs, most of the show is the full band, with original arrangements and inspired covers revisiting Dylan's great songs.
Since the 1960's, we have been spoilt by the prodigious output of this legend and the quality of his song-writing has garnered multiple awards, culminating in the ultimate recognition of the Nobel prize in Literature in 2016, 'For having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition'.
No matter what decade you choose, there is a favourite album or a bunch of songs that means something of significance to many Bob Dylan followers and we provide the audience with a sense of these songs throughout his long history of 50 years of great work.
Along with solo acoustic renditions of songs such as 'Blowing in the Wind', 'The Times They Are a Changing' and 'A Hard Rain a-Gonna' Fall' and full band songs, such as 'Desolation Row' and 'Like a Rolling Stone' from 'Highway 61 Revisited' we also include versions of songs inspired by the covers from the Grateful Dead, Eric Clapton and Bruce Springsteen.
'All along the Watchtower' and 'Knocking on Heavens Door' are given a full-blooded Rock treatment, including some wizard keyboard solos from Bob (JBlack) but are balanced by the Country Sound of 'I'll be your Baby Tonight' and 'Lay Lady Lay'
The great middle seventies period is not neglected with songs from Blood on The Tracks and Desire and the show is completed with songs from the more recent albums such as Time Out Of Mind, Modern Times, and The Tempest, along with a selection of Dylan's great work with The Travelling Wilburys.
From 'Blowing in the Wind' to 'Duquesne Whistle', songs are drawn for 50 years of Bob Dylan's song writing (1962 to 2012).
Dylan Revisited celebrate the music of Bob Dylan through a totally live concert experience, great musicians exploring great material.
Jimmy and Jason have the unique experience of working alongside Bob Dylan himself, gaining great insight into the man and his creative muse, and they use their exceptional talent to interpret Bob Dylan's music with great perception.
Alongside his other work, JBlack has been developing the Bob Dylan show for a long time. After some early one-man performances, which tested the concept of a show, he has been working hard on this material honing skills on the harmonica, exploring many different tunings on the guitars, and utilizing the latest in keyboard technology to give the authentic sounds of the Hammond Organ, Grand and Upright Pianos and the Feder Rhodes Electric piano as used throughout the 50 year history of Dylan's bands. But most of all he has developed his voice to better communicate , the emotion of the astounding songs of Bob Dylan. He has now taken the next step and formed this band.
One great comment made recently by a member of the Audience in Coleraine Riverside Theatre rewards the commitment to emotional communication:
'You were just F**ing amazing, F**ing brilliant, I'm a big man and I can only remember crying twice, once last week when Johnny Sexton won the game for Ireland with a drop kick and tonight during your show.'
Some of the great reviews of the show so far, are included at the end of this document.
JBlack as Bob Dylan, Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Keyboards
Jimmy Smyth, Guitar and Vocals
Jason Duffy, Drums
John Malone, Bass Guitar and Vocals
Duo and Trio.
Use professional Sound company ITSL
Midlands based and will travel to these areas: North East, Scotland, Wales, Ireland.
Waterford Theatre Royal
Grand Social, Dublin
Alley Theatre Strabane
The Spirit Store Dundalk
Waterside Theatre, Derry
Riverside Theatre, Coleraine
The Royal Theatre, Castlebar
Tolka House, Dublin
Review in The Munster Express by Liam Murphy
The latest tribute show from John Blacklock is The Bob Dylan Band and they came to the Theatre Royal with a powerful 'freewheeling' trip down the seminal years when young people proclaimed to bemused parents and authority figures, that "the times they are a-changin''. This band bookended the show with the ironic 'Things Have Changed' (I used to care but things have changed). Key to the success of the show was the lead guitar of Jimmy Smyth laying down a solid country rock beat.
Last Christmas my friend from schooldays, Dave Walsh, gave me the gift of the weighty Simon & Schuster, Bob Dylan The Lyrics 1961 - 2012. We knew back then that Bob was a poet ("I'm a poet and I know it, hope I don't blow it").
So it was off on the road again, with 'Blowin In The Wind', 'The Times They Are A Changin', 'A Hard Rain', 'Chimes Of Freedom', Mr Tambourine Man', 'Baby Blue', 'Desolation Row', 'Like A Rolling Stone', and the first half closer, a pumping 'Everybody Must Get Stoned'.
The second half got better and better as band and audience found their groove with 'All Along The Watchtower', 'Lay Lady Lay', 'Heaven's Door', and the amazingly evocative 'Tangled Up In Blue'. 'Hurricane' was wonderful as the guitars howled and 'Forever Young' was anthemic as reincarnations of old parka folkies (Dylan Is King) had a gleam or a tear in their eyes.
I loved 'When The Deal Goes Down' from Modern Times and I was caught in a dreamy waltz before 'Thunder On The Mountain' and 'Duquesne Whistle' shared some reality bites. The applause was heartfelt and nostalgic and the Travelling Wilburys encore of 'Tweeter And The Monkey Man' (all the walls came down) was an aubade, a glorious compliment, to the 'freewheelin' folkies who stayed to rock in the warming light of one too many mornings and a thousand miles behind.
3rd February “Great Gig in the Grand Social hope to see you guys again soon”
3rd February - “Fantastic Show tonight (Waterford , 2nd Feb.) I'll never listen to Desolation Row and Hurricane again without wondering where was Jimmy when it was recorded. Can I urge anybody who is wavering or hesitating about buying tickets for this show, please don't – it is first class and pays the best tribute to Dylan that you could imagine”
4th February - “Great show in Theatre Royal (Waterford). Great Dylan sound and splendid lead guitar work. A treat of a show bringing me and a happy audience on a journey Forever Young.”
Liam Murphy, Munster Express.
6th February - “Thanks for a great night in Strabane on Saturday night. Me and my father really enjoyed it. Bob Dylan is a difficult man to put across but you done him perfectly.”
6th February “Super night man” (Strabane)!
8th February – You were just F*&*ing amazing, F*&*ing brilliant, I'm a big man and I can only remember crying twice, once last week when Johnny Sexton won the game for Ireland with a drop kick and tonight during your show. (Coleraine Riverside Theatre)
9th February “Seen these Guys perform at, Sunday eve past (Spirt Store, Dundalk), A must see for any Bob Dylan music fan. Almost as good as the man himself. Will definitely be seeing them again.”
10th February – “Keep up the GOOD work DYLAN” (Royal Theatre, Castlebar)
11th February “Well from one who was at the Dublin Gig (Grand Social) – What a night Amazing music and show, am looking forward to the next one (Tolka House 23rd February)
JBlack is the most amazing interpreter of Bob Dylan on stage today
Songs from Dylan's 50 Year song book, performed as you wish Bob would do today, all the great songs
A really good time show, a great night out with fabulous musicians.
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Performance times for most acts except Tributes and some other Unique performers are usually 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 min sets.
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