THREE CARD TRICK
Three Card Trick consist of Gary Johnstone (lead guitar & vocals), Dean Johnstone (bass guitar & vocals), Alasdair 'Gibby' Gibson (drums & vocals), with deep and varied set lists.
BLUEPRINT BLUES BAND
Based in central Scotland, “Blueprint” became fully formed in November 2011 when Andy Donald on bass and Chris Drysdale on guitar and vocals were joined by drummer Duncan Clark.
Following Andys decision to go travelling throughout 2017, George Houliston stepped in to carry out bass duties, whilst at the same time bringing an additional voice to the Blueprint sound.
The name Blueprint was borrowed from the Rory Gallagher album of the same name, as the music of Gallagher had been a big influence on all three members, and as the band developed, the name gained a second meaning in relation to the way they approach their playing. In some cases their interpretation of a song will be almost exact to the original, while in others cases, the original acts as a “blueprint” on which they put their own mark.
Each member of the band has a comprehensive individual history of performing, which they combine to produce the earthy exciting sounds of Blueprint.
Since their first gig in December 2011 the band have worked at bringing their blend of blues rock to the attention of audiences across the central belt of Scotland through performances in established venues such as Bannermans and Whistlebinkies in Edinburgh, The Dreadnought in Bathgate, The Ferry in Glasgow and Stirling’s Kilted Kangaroo. 2015 saw them perform at the Edinburgh Blues Club supporting rising British blues guitarist Laurence Jones whilst also venturing south for a trio of gigs in Berwick-Upon-Tweed.
While the music of Blueprint can best be categorised as blues rock, their combined influences and interests have allowed their spectrum of sounds to expand and include some jazz and funk aspects of rock music. Their catalogue now includes tracks covering the A to Z of classic artists; From The Allman Brothers to Led Zeppelin, and Billy Cobham to Frank Zappa. The contemporary artists of today are acknowledged to the same extent, with music by such names as Joe Bonamassa, Matt Schofield and Kenny Wayne Shepherd appearing amongst the variety offered each time the band take the stage.
Chris Drysdale - Guitar and Vocals
A relative late starter on the guitar, first picking up an acoustic at the age of 18 whilst at university. Initial strummings to Oasis, Paul Weller and The Stone Roses were replaced by Led Zeppelin, Cream and Rory Gallagher by the time of his graduation 5 years later.
Previous bands include Rock / Punk / Indie covers band “The Fever” and Kirkcaldy based R&B / Rock / Pop covers band “The Minders”, but after a three year break from playing in a band, it was a shared love of several Blues-Rock bands that brought Andy and Chris together in 2010 and after a year looking for an established drummer to fit, Blueprint were finalised in late 2011.
George Houliston: Bass and Vocals
George's musical journey began at the age of 7 when he took up the violin. Eager to broaden his musical direction, at age 11 he added the trumpet to his toolkit and pursued ABRSM certification at various levels. At 16 he received his first decent wage from a part-time job, bought a bass guitar and sold his soul for rock ‘n’ roll. He formed psychedelic pop/rock band with close friends ‘B.E.R.T’ (Brick Elephant Rocket Trap), followed by The Bumpers, which morphed into The Urban Poets eventually settling as a successful blues trio/acoustic duo. Addicted to performing, during this time George also enjoyed spells in Counting House, Interstate 6, Black Rain, Kindakinks (Kinks tribute band), Cherokee Mist (Hendrix tribute band) and various other bands put together for events. A creative writer, he has written and produced/released a number of interesting titles including a punk/pop album with Punch Chihuahuas.
Duncan Clark - Drums
With over 30 years of gigging experience Duncan’s playing has taken him through all types of music. The early days revolved around Hawkwind influenced psychedelic rock, which was followed by indie pop whilst playing with local Edinburgh bands, Ranacanteen and Two Weeks in June. The rock of Jimi Hendrix was next via the Hendrix tribute band Cherokee Mist, and this then progressed to the jazz / rock eclectic music of Frank Zappa during the 2 ½ year lifespan of Zappa tribute band One Size Fits All.
Before meeting up with Andy and Chris he enjoyed a short spell with Dave Beattie’s Lucky Tile, whilst at the same time playing regular dep gigs with blues trio The Urban Poets, and Americana outfit Interstate 6.
Event: THREE CARD TRICK, BLUEPRINT BLUES BAND
Date: Tuesday 28th May 2019
Venue: Whistle Binkies
Time : 17:00 - 03:00
Tuesday 18th June
THREE CARD TRICK, MANHATTAN
Wednesday 19th June
SM@SH, CHRIS SESAR & GILL HALLIDAY
Thursday 20th June
FI & THE FUNK ROCKERS, BABA YAGA