Published: 23/10/2014 12:56 - Updated: 24/10/2014 10:39

Roadway returns with new line-up

Roadway – from left – singer Ross Holland, Mark Hunter keyboardist, bassist Finlay Cable,drummer Ryan McEwen, guitarist Ross ‘Bod’ Elder and guitarist Ross McEwen. Picture: Paul Power
Roadway – from left – singer Ross Holland, Mark Hunter keyboardist, bassist Finlay Cable, drummer Ryan McEwen, guitarist Ross ‘Bod’ Elder and guitarist Ross McEwen. Picture: Paul Power

by Margaret Chrystall

JUST back from the chance to play with Bad Company’s Brian Howe in Florida, guitarist Ross McEwen has another big moment tonight (Thursday).

Out at a three-day rock festival for about 3,000 in Florida to celebrate his birthday, Ross got to meet Brian, the singer who replaced Paul Rodgers in Bad Company, who was headlining the event.

And Brian got to invited Ross to come up onstage the following night to play guitar with him.

"I had taken my gig clothes just in case and we were sittting around jamming and Brian said ‘By the way everyone, Ross is coming on to play with us for Can’t Get Enough’. That song last eight minutes, so what an experience and then later there wasa big aftershow party – and it was just like a movie!"

Ross returns to Mad Hatters tonight with Roadway, who play their first full-band electric show with a new line-up including a new singer, bassist and keyboards player.

The band’s new frontman and singer – is now Ross Holland of Devil’s Queen. The new bassist is Finlay Cable and keyboardist is Mark Hunter.

Brian Howe (left) and Ross McEwen.
Brian Howe (left) and Ross McEwen.

"The first rehearsal we had with the full band – because we’ve got a new bass-player as well – was in Glasgow and everyone had done their homework. We got to three songs without having to stop to talk about them. We were all just grinning from ear to ear.

"We also want to have a good time as well and the banter was great too. The hanging out is just as much fun as playing and I’ve discovered that that’s the perfect atmosphere in which to try to be creative.

"We’ve written an EP which is full of choruses you can sing along to, we’re playing Edinburgh. And I think now there’s a bit more blues and southern frock feel that reflects our singer."

And though plans for performing with the scurrent line-up of T.Rex didn’t pan out, Ross is continuing to work with the band with a view to some upcoming dates: "I’m rehearsing with them in December in Middlesbrough for some live dates."

ROADWAY & The King Lot play Mad Hatters tonight (Thursday).

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