Proud Mary to hit the stage

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Acclaimed rock and blues band Proud Mary hit the area this December.

The band, who were discovered by Noel Gallagher in 2001, will be performing a mixture of older songs and newer material from their latest album Ocean Park.

Drummer Paul Fuller said: “We will play some of the latest stuff but we are recording a new album at the moment in LA. We are not sure whether we will be playing that on the night.

“Ocean Park has been going down well. We had to re-order merchandise halfway through the tour, so every gig we do we are selling a lot of CDs.”

Proud Mary were discovered by Noel Gallagher in 2001 and signed to the Oasis star’s Sour Mash label.

They parted with the label in 2003, and released their second album Love and Light in 2004. The band has toured with Neil Young, The Black Crowes and Ryan Adams and has played at several major music festivals.

In 2006 the band went their separate ways, reforming in 2009. They released their third album, Ocean Park, last year.

Said Paul: “The re-form has been good. These last two years we have been going at it with a full band - it is like starting again.

“A highlight so far is definitely Kendle Calling, with Blondie headlining.”

But the Proud Mary drummer said anyone attending their gig at The Black Market, Warsop, could expect a good night out.

“Every gig we do is a good gig. We play a lot of clubs where fans follow us and they bring a lot of people with them.”

Proud Mary play the Black Market, Warsop, with support from Tom Hingley, of Inspiral Carpets, on 10th December.

Doors open at 7pm and tickets are £8 in advance or £10 on the door.

For more information phone Dan Booth on 07984175981 or email danbooth360@yahoo.co.uk