Welcome

Welcome to my website. 

Please have a look about. Not much up yet but more to follow soon.

On here you will find information on where I am performing and with who. 

Soon there will be pictures of me with a full head of hair. OK old pictures. Yes at one time there was more on the top. 
  
I have posted just a few videos on the "videos" tab at the top but before you click there you might fancy a listen to some

music clips. Head to the bottom of this page and you can skip through a few tracks. There are some old recordings there.

Further clips of music and photographs of me playing with new and old pals will appear shortly. 
  
Thanks for all the kind words people & press have said.

I'd also like to shout out a thanks to Andy Smith for the pics. Cheers pal.

Plus thanks to Sutherland Trading for their support and supply of my Hohner Harmonicas. The only brand I play.

I'd love to stay in touch so please scroll down a little bit and join my mailing list.
  
Hope to see you soon. 
  
Love & hugs 
  
Spider 
Xx 

 

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What friends & 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)


“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)




 

Shows & tours

Previous events

Mar10

Andy Gunn Band with Spider MacKenzie

The 27 Club Liverpool, 38 Victoria Street, Liverpool

Scottish Guitar Virtuoso Andy Gunn brings his all new line up featuring the cream of Scottish Blues musicians which includes Spider MacKenzie on harmonica. The tour is in support of brand new album ‘Too Many Guitars To Give Up which Spider plays on 10 of it's 12 tracks

Andy Gunn Band & Spider MacKenzie

The Whiskey Jar, 14 Tariff Street, Manchester

Scottish Guitar Virtuoso Andy Gunn brings his all new line up featuring the cream of Scottish Blues musicians on tour. His musicians include harmonica virtuoso Spider MacKenzie. The concert is in support of Andy’s brand new acclaimed album ‘Too Many Guitars To Give Up Now’ which features Spider’s harmonica playing on 10 of the 12 tracks. Spider said “Andy is one of the most soulful musicians in UK. We have known each other since a time when I had a full head of hair and that’s not yesterday. Over the years we had never recorded together. In mid 2017 Andy got in touch with the idea of recording what could be considered an album of original blues music which Andy had written. Perhaps a better description would be a ‘gumbo of soul, jazz, rock, shake your tail feather blues and boogie music’. I jumped at the chance to make music with someone I have been a fan of for years.” The concert will feature many of the songs from the album. Please don’t miss this chance to dance away your March blues.

Andy Gunn Band & Spider MacKenzie

The Cluny, 26 Lime Street, Ouseburn, Newcastle upon Tyne

Scottish Guitar Virtuoso Andy Gunn brings his all new line up featuring the cream of Scottish Blues musicians on tour. His musicians include harmonica virtuoso Spider MacKenzie. The concert is in support of Andy’s brand new acclaimed album ‘Too Many Guitars To Give Up Now’ which features Spider’s harmonica playing on 10 of the 12 tracks. Spider said “Andy is one of the most soulful musicians in UK. We have known each other since a time when I had a full head of hair and that’s not yesterday. Over the years we had never recorded together. In mid 2017 Andy got in touch with the idea of recording what could be considered an album of original blues music which Andy had written. Perhaps a better description would be a ‘gumbo of soul, jazz, rock, shake your tail feather blues and boogie music’. I jumped at the chance to make music with someone I have been a fan of for years.” The concert will feature many of the songs from the album. Please don’t miss this chance to dance away your March blues.

Andy Gunn Band & Spider MacKenzie

Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness

Scottish Guitar Virtuoso Andy Gunn brings his all new line up featuring the cream of Scottish Blues musicians on tour. His musicians include harmonica Virtuoso Spider MacKenzie. The concert is in support of Andy’s brand new acclaimed album ‘Too Many Guitars To Give Up Now’ which features Spider’s harmonica playing on 10 of the 12 tracks. Spider said “Andy is one of the most soulful musicians in UK. We have known each other since a time when I had a full head of hair and that’s not yesterday. Over the years we had never recorded together. In mid 2017 Andy got in touch with the idea of recording what could be considered an album of original blues music which Andy had written. Perhaps a better description would be a ‘gumbo of soul, jazz, rock, shake your tail feather blues and boogie music’. I jumped at the chance to make music with someone I have been a fan of for years.” The concert will feature many of the songs from the album. Please don’t miss this chance to dance away your February blues.

Andy Gunn Band & Spider MacKenzie

Stereo, 22-28 Renfield Lane, Glasgow

Scottish Guitar Virtuoso Andy Gunn brings his all new line up featuring the cream of Scottish Blues musicians on tour. His musicians include harmonica Virtuoso Spider MacKenzie. The concert is in support of Andy’s brand new acclaimed album ‘Too Many Guitars To Give Up Now’ which features Spider’s harmonica playing on 10 of the 12 tracks. Spider said “Andy is one of the most soulful musicians in UK. We have known each other since a time when I had a full head of hair and that’s not yesterday. Over the years we had never recorded together. In mid 2017 Andy got in touch with the idea of recording what could be considered an album of original blues music which Andy had written. Perhaps a better description would be a ‘gumbo of soul, jazz, rock, shake your tail feather blues and boogie music’. I jumped at the chance to make music with someone I have been a fan of for years.” The concert will feature many of the songs from the album. Please don’t miss this chance to dance away your February blues.

Andy Gunn Band & Spider MacKenzie

Stramash, 2017 Cowgate, Edinburgh

Scottish Guitar Virtuoso Andy Gunn brings his all new line up featuring the cream of Scottish Blues musicians on tour. His musicians include harmonica Virtuoso Spider MacKenzie. The concert is in support of Andy’s brand new acclaimed album ‘Too Many Guitars To Give Up Now’ which features Spider’s harmonica playing on 10 of the 12 tracks. Spider said “Andy is one of the most soulful musicians in UK. We have known each other since a time when I had a full head of hair and that’s not yesterday. Over the years we had never recorded together. In mid 2017 Andy got in touch with the idea of recording what could be considered an album of original blues music which Andy had written. Perhaps a better description would be a ‘gumbo of soul, jazz, rock, shake your tail feather blues and boogie music’. I jumped at the chance to make music with someone I have been a fan of for years.” The concert will feature many of the songs from the album. Please don’t miss this chance to dance away your February blues. http://stramashedinburgh.com

Andy Gunn Band & Spider MacKenzie

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

Scottish Guitar Virtuoso Andy Gunn brings his all new line up featuring the cream of Scottish Blues musicians on tour. His musicians include Aberdeen’s own Harmonica Virtuoso Spider MacKenzie. The concert is in support of Andy’s brand new acclaimed album ‘Too Many Guitars To Give Up Now’ which features Spider’s harmonica playing on 10 of the 12 tracks. Spider said “Andy is one of the most soulful musicians in UK. We have known each other since a time when I had a full head of hair and that’s not yesterday. Over the years we had never recorded together. In mid 2017 Andy got in touch with the idea of recording what could be considered an album of original blues music which Andy had written. Perhaps a better description would be a ‘gumbo of soul, jazz, rock, shake your tail feather blues and boogie music’. I jumped at the chance to make music with someone I have been a fan of for years.” The concert will feature many of the songs from the album. Please don’t miss this chance to dance away your February blues.

Steve & Spider Live at the Blue Lamp

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

We are delighted to announce a great opportunity shake away any post Festive blues. Steve & Spider are playing on Friday 5th of January at The Blue Lamp in Aberdeen. Door open at 8pm and we will be onstage at 8.30pm.

Oct4

Chris Gage, Christine Albert, Brad Fordham & Spider play at The Backstage at E Mercado, South Austin

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The Backstage at El Mercado, 1302 South First, Austin TX 78704

I am delighted to be playing with the truly wonderful Christine Albert & Chris Gage "Albert & Gage" & Brad Fordham at Chris regular concert at The Backstage El Mercado South Austin. I advise getting there early to get a table and enjoy some delicious Mexican food. We will be playing from 7.30-9.30pm $6 cover paid at then venue 512-447-7445 | 7:30 - 9:30 pm |

Dec7

Frank Robb & friends

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

I am playing with Frank Robb & Friends. Singer, songwriter Frank Robb is joined by Yvonne Morton (Vocals), Bob Knight (Guitar and Vocals), Alan Walker (Guitar), Sandy (fiddle) and myself on harmonica. We will be playing a programme of acoustic music, featuring folk, blues and original songs.

Sep18

Frank Robb & Friends

Cults Parish Church, North Deeside Road, Cults

I am playing with Frank Robb & Friends. Singer, songwriter Frank Robb is joined by Yvonne Morton (Vocals), Bob Knight (Guitar and Vocals), Alan Walker (Guitar), Sandy (fiddle) and myself on harmonica. We will be playing a programme of acoustic music, featuring folk, blues and original songs.

http://www.cultsparishchurch.co.uk/music-in-the-sanctuary-3

Blues & Boogie June Jamboree Featuring, Greg Izor, Al Brown, Spider MacKenzie & Friends. Support from Alana Wyness

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

Spider MacKenzie is hosting a Blues and Boogie Jamboree this June.  £12.50 standard, £9.00 Concessions, £6.00 unemployed “It’s going to be something of a blues harmonica showdown!  A one off, special event that you don’t want to miss. We are very fortunate to have my pal Greg Izor from Austin Texas, USA visit us. I have taken this opportunity to put together a show featuring Greg and Al Brown.  Al is arguably the finest blues guitarist in Scotland today, if not in the UK. Greg and Al will be backed by some very tasty musicians. It’s going to be a night to remember with a number of surprise guests sitting in. To top it all, Aberdeen’s own blues songstress and singer/songwriter Alana Wyness will kick off the evening. Oh did I say I will be playing also? Well sure, I am. I wasn’t going to miss this chance to play with some of my favourite musicians in the world. Come on down to The Blue Lamp to join in the fun!” to quote Spider   Greg Izor – http://www.gregizor.com/ “A mash-up of Louisiana grit, Austin soul, and low-down Chicago heat, blues harmonica powerhouse” “That all-too-rare total package- a creative vocalist, harp player, songwriter, and showman” Living Blues Magazine “All the fat and no filler, just killer stuff!” Bushdog Blues Blog   Spider MacKenzie – www.spidermackenzie.com “Sensitive virtuosity & imagination” Sunday Times “I would cheerfully walk 100 miles over hot coals to feel some of his music” Blueprint - magazine   Al Brown – https://www.reverbnation.com/albrown “Clean toned blues lines sometimes with a hint of jazz” “A breath of fresh air in this world of numerous blues rock guitarists” “Outrageously talented” Blues in Britain   Alana Wyness - http://57north.org/artists/alana-wyness Alana is one of Aberdeen undiscovered stars. In the past her talents have been called upon by the likes of Phil Collins, The Shamen and Gerry Jablonski.

Jun22

Private House Concert

Aberdeen

My pal Greg Izor is in town so we are hooking up with John Carnie to play at a private house concert at Big Pete & Elaine's house :-)