Don Airey & Brian Downey Confirm Two Yorkshire Dates in 2020
by Victoria Holdsworth
Two of the most underrated musicians of our time have joined forces to take Yorkshire by storm for two dates in 2020.
Don Airey is without a doubt ‘one of a kind’. It is hard to find a name in the last 30 years of classic rock that has not utilised Don’s keyboard skills at some point. Among them are Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow, Whitesnake, Judas Priest, Gary Moore, Brian May, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath and, obviously, Deep Purple, the band of which Don Airey has been a full-time member for over fifteen years.
But Don Airey has never been a session player. Bands and artists work with him for his unique musical vision, for the twists he gives to songs. It is with the same passion, the same energy, the same talent that Don Airey approaches his very own song writing.
Don Airey is one of those musicians you will see playing with Deep Purple in front of 15.000 people, and the next day playing the organ in the church of his beloved local village with the same concentration and respect for the music and the audience.
It is with the same spirit that Don moves from the glories of the last two Deep Purple albums, to playing in clubs with his own band – and always with a big smile on his face as soon as the guitar roars in, waiting to reply with his Hammond.
Brian Downey on drums should need no introduction. Hailing from Dublin, Brian enjoyed his first taste of success in Ireland with the top 20 hit, ‘Morning Dew’, before forming, Orphanage with Phil Lynott.
The two went on to form the legendary Thin Lizzy with Eric Bell. Brian remained a constant member until the band split in 1983. Having worked on Phil Lynott’s solo albums and the subsequent Grand Slam project. Brian relocated back to Dublin around the time of Phil’s untimely death in 1986.
Brian remained in high demand as both a touring and session drummer and regularly played live shows and has recorded with renowned guitarist Gary Moore. Brian is often cited as being an influence by many of the world’s top drummers and feels invigorated to be playing the songs he co-wrote in Thin Lizzy with his new band Alive and Dangerous.
Don and Brian will be playing two shows in Yorkshire next year.
Sunday 23 February HULL – Welly
Wednesday 26 February SHEFFIELD – Foundry
Tickets are £27.50 in advance and available from eventim.co.uk
top image: Paul Bergen