Throughout the 1970s’ the band Light dominated Belfast’s rock scene playing rock blues numbers across the city – and now they are set for a Black Box performance as part of the ninth Belfast City Blues Festival on 25th June 2017.
With virtuoso guitar player and local hero Jim Armstrong with singer and bassist Albert Mills they kept the light of music alive when the Troubles were dominating the headlines.
Light, with Ian Speedo Wilson taking Jim Armstrong’s place, will play the Black Box on Sunday June 25 in a show that will also feature Rab McCullough and the Spirit of Baraka.
Festival director Seamie O’Neill said seeing LIGHT on stage will be a superb way to wrap up the packed weekend of shows.
“LIGHT really were something special and this rejuvenated line-up are going to bring back memories and create new ones,” he said. “Expect to hear classic LIGHT tunes including Castles In The Sand, The Dancer, Harland The Wolf and many, many more as well as some of the classic blues songs that were live staples at the time.”
The festival which is celebrating its ninth year with 50 gigs across 22 venues from June 23-25 has once again been sponsored by American Holidays.
Ian ‘Speedo’ Wilson who has supported artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Iron Maiden, Saxon and Motörhead in his career said he was looking forward to the gig: “Being asked to take Jim Armstrong’s place is a daunting task as the guy must have had 10 fingers on each hand.
“Many hours of practice had to be done in order to do this. It was a challenge that I could not resist but feared at the same time for so many obvious reasons, but ultimately is a great honour to be asked.”
The line-up for LIGHT at the Belfast City Blues Festival includes Albert Mills (bass/vocals), Brian Warnock (drums), Ian ‘Speedo’ Wilson (guitar) and Gerry Rooney (keys).
Tickets are available priced £10 and available from www.blackboxbelfast.com