Really Live Music Presents:
Eric Bell Band + Special Guest: Edgar Broughton
Live at Borderline, Soho
Tickets are available now from Ticketweb.
14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
Eric Bell was the original guitarist and songwriter in Ireland’s most iconic live band, THIN LIZZY. He has a rich pedigree and began his musical career playing with local groups around the Belfast area of his birth, including Van Morrison and Them.
He met Philip Lynott and drummer Brian Downey in Dublin in 1969 and they immediately hit it off, forming the band that became Thin Lizzy. They were named by Eric after a robot strip cartoon character, ‘Tin Lizzy’ in The Dandy.
The band’s first massive hit was ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ with Eric’s distinctive guitar work which he has turned into his own special anthem. It was the number one single in Ireland for several weeks and stayed in the UK top 100 for almost a year. ‘The Rocker’ was a second big hit and is still hugely popular at Eric’s live gigs.
Eric stayed with the band until 1973, during which time they recorded and released their first three albums: Thin Lizzy, Shades of a Blue Orphanage, and Vagabonds of the Western World. On each of them, Eric’s guitar-work is stunning, his vocals striking, and he co-wrote many of the songs. He was replaced by his friend, Gary Moore.
Since then, Eric Bell has toured the world with his own band, guested at Thin Lizzy reunions and played guitar for a wide variety of exciting projects.
Edgar Broughton was a founder member of the Edgar Broughton Band in the 1960s. They were the most prominent flag-waving agit-rockers of the British hippie movement and an early proponent of free concerts. All of Broughton’s albums were filled with full-on sonic attacks that took no prisoners. They also contained some truly thoughtful and beautiful music of great originality.
Edgar is well known as one of the most strident protest singers, and with seven solo studio albums, two live albums and many compilations under his belt he has toured extensively since 1968. His solo, acoustic performance is an emotive, entertaining tour de force containing both old favourites and new songs direct from the heart.