"Celticana"

Latest cd with Steve Crawford

Welcome

To the website of professional harmonica player & musician Spider MacKenzie

Spider is no regular harmonica player but rather one who has a unique technical ability matched with an inimitable talent to convey the emotion of a song. Hence it's not surprising numerous, notable artists are keen to choose to work with him.  Whether it's in Europe with his long term musical duo, companion Steve Crawford, Perrier award winning singer Niki King or across the pond with former Texas Musician of the Year Chris Gage or Grammy nominated artist Bill Kirchen in the United States of America.  Spider's music is "sure to touch your heart and bring a smile to your face" to quote Sugar Blue the Grammy Award winner who has played with legends from Willie Dixon to The Rolling Stones.

After hearing Steve and Spider's recent album "Celticana" Charlie McCoy the most recorded harmonica player in history, Grammy-winning, Country Music Hall of Fame legend wrote "Spider's harmonica is a high spot. Put an ear on this one. You'll be glad you did"

A quick word from Spider -  Thank you for taking the time to visit my website. You will find information on projects and shows I'm involved with. It's April 2021 as I write this and I hope to be performing live again as soon it's safe.  

In the mean time I have been kept busy recording at home for a number of projects. Session playing on some lovely tracks for friends. I will keep you posted when their CDs, records come out.

I'd love it if you would join my mailing list so we can keep in touch. 

I'd also like to express my gratitude to the following people.  

Thanks to Sutherland Trading for their support and supply of my Hohner Harmonicas & to Valerie Fremin for the great photography. 

Finally thank you to all the press, musicians and friends for all the lovely comments.  

Hope to see you soon. 
  
Love & hugs 
  
Spider 
Xx 

 

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What revered musicians & press say 


“Colin MacKenzie 'Spider' as we all know & love him, is one of the finest musicians I have ever had the privilege of playing live & recording with Class A on both counts. I can assure you Awesome Bluesman but then there is this other whole side to Spider that makes him stand out, jazz & almost Avant Garde area he can inhabit that is way off the map, both articulate and free spirit combined, but also he takes direction great, so fantastic to work with if you are a songwriter, he also knows when to back off, which is a weakness for many musicians of all levels or genres But more important, Spider is a great man too! Solid as they come and a great friend to have I am proud to call him a brother in music.”
Martin George Stephenson Ex Capitol & London Records recording artist
 
“Colin “Spider” MacKenzie is a wonderful player, he has a fluid, clean and sensitive style that is sure to touch your heart and bring a smile to your face, listen and enjoy!!”
 Sugar Blue - Grammy Award winner who has played with legends from Willie Dixon to The Rolling Stones


"Spider is simply one of the best harp players there is. He's also one of the best musicians I've ever had the pleasure of working with. When we play songs together, he has an innate ability to remain sensitive to what the songs need. Whether that's creating some luscious soundscape, providing a nice groove or finding the right spaces, he always manages to know what serves the song best. But when it comes to taking a solo, then all I can do is sit back and gaze in wonder at what he can achieve with his instrument! And if this wasn't enough to make a great musical partner, then he's also one of the finest human beings I've ever known!"
Steve Crawford - singer, songwriter, multi instrumentalist, session musician

“Spider – a polite, unassuming guy… Until you put a harmonica in his hand. At that point he’ll take a song, and make you feel it. In your bones.” – Texas Lifestyle Magazine

“Spider is clearly a virtuoso harmonica player” - Blues Matters magazine

"I just listed to "Celticana: with Spider MacKenzie and Steve Crawford. The CD is full of great songs, great vocals and Spider's harmonica is a high spot. Put an ear on this one. You'll be glad you did"  - Charlie McCoy most recorded harmonica player in history, Grammy-winning, Country Music Hall of Fame legend. 

 “the contributions of the harp player were very tasteful (keys were good too, but I thought the harp was excellent"  Bruce Iglauer legendary CEO/Founder of Alligator Records


“Intensely moving harmonica sound” 
“Massively exciting naturally talented harmonica player” 
“I would cheerfully walk 100 miles over hot coals to feel some of his music”  - Blueprint - magazine

“I still prefer the sensitive virtuosity and imagination of Aberdeen’s junior James Cotton, Spider MacKenzie”  - The Sunday Times

“Harmonica virtuoso”, “Star of bloos moothie”  - The Aberdeen Evening Express

“I bet you think every town has a blues harp player this good. They don’t and we should cherish him.”
The Aberdeen Press & Journal

“Top class music from Scotland” - WAZ newspaper, Germany

“Informed harmonica playing, adding atmosphere and filling spaces where spaces need filling. A formidable player who knows when to hold back and when to dive deep into a solo” - Northern Sky

“Very talented Scottish harmonica player”  - Roots Time Belgium 

Shows & tours

Steve Crawford & Spider MacKenzie Concert - The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, AB25 1BU, Aberdeen

Steve and Spider – Blue Lamp – Doors open 6pm. Show time 7pm

In 2019 to record their long awaited second album ‘Celticana’, they relocated first to Nashville to rehearse in the city’s historic East Side, soaking up all the muse this musical heartland has to offer. From there they travelled on to Moon House Studios in Austin, Texas to work with veteran musician-producer and former Texan musician of the year Chris Gage. The result is music stylistically drenched in Americana set to lyrics that spin stories from the Scottish motherland. The album was released in June 2020 to critical acclaim from press and radio. Tonight, the duo will play tracks from “Celticana” along with other favourites. The show was originally planned for 2020 but circumstances prevented this. They are super excited to once again be back at The Lampie.

"A fresh and upbeat collection, just what we need at the moment" - BBC Radio NAN GAIDHEAL

"As good a combination of vocal, guitar and harmonica as you're likely to hear" - Folking.com

"I just listened to "Celticana" with Spider MacKenzie and Steve Crawford. The CD is full of great songs, great vocals and Spider's harmonica is a high spot. Put an ear on this one. You'll be glad you did" - Charlie McCoy most recorded harmonica player in history, Grammy-winning, Country Music Hall of Fame legend.

“Spider Mackenzie’s harmonica emotes the feelings that emerge from the lyrics and music of Steve Crawford. Together, the Scottish pair has introduced a version of Americana music that raises the bar for everyone.” - Texas Lifestyle Magazine

Book before October there is an “early bird” sales price of £10 rather than £12.50

Nov20

Martin Stephenson & the Daintees with special guest Spider MacKenzie - The Sage, Gateshead

The Sage, St Mary's Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR, Gateshead

Martin and his band the Daintees celebrate the 30th anniversary of their classic album Salutation Road with a nation wide tour. Having featured in Martin's newly released album "Howdy Honcho" and video "Harmonica Man". Spider is delighted to be joining Martin & the Daintees to participate in what will be an evening of wonderful music and joyous fun.

£23.50 to £25.60

Nov26

Northern Shindig Returns to The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen - Safe House, Liz Jones & Broken Windows, Al Brown, Spider MacKenzie

The Blue Lamp, 121 Gallowgate, AB25 1BU, Aberdeen

After a wild night in 2019 we finally return for another Northern Shindig! BLUES, ROCK, PYSCH & BEYOND! 2 BANDS & 2 SPECIAL GUESTS!

WE'RE BACK FOR ANOTHER WILD SHINDIG! At the last gig the Blue Lamp's Sandy Brown (RIP) had taken a chance on us, and thankfully invited us back in 2020! Finally we are able to reschedule for 2021.

“...Tonight’s show was one of the best gigs in Aberdeen for years, John Bruce & Al Brown swapping sublime headlines... absolutely blown away!...” Chris Simmonds - Northern Shindig NOV 2019

SAFEHOUSE Are Edinburgh's favourite Psychedelic Blues & Southern Rock band, featuring music from The Allman Brothers to The Rolling Stones and the occasional original, with an honest and blistering sound!

AL BROWN is arguably one of the finest and truest blues guitarists in the UK today. Joining Safehouse for the first time at the first Shindig, and for the 2020 Edinburgh Winter Blues Weekend (By Ed Jazz & Blues Fest) AL is staying on board!

SPIDER MACKENZIE, Much celebrated Aberdonian harmonica player, will be our shining addition to 2021's Shindig! A stunningly tasteful and intricate player.

BROKEN WINDOWS Hosting this event in their usual style of peaceful debauchery. Original, live spirited music & songs fronted by singer/songwriter Liz Jones. They will be joined by Spider & Al making this show a real one off.

£13 if booked early, General admission £15, On the doors £16