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Another Day

Another Day

  • By Frank O'Hagan
  • Release 07/07/2009
  • Music Genre Blues
  • Media Format CD
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FRANK O'HAGAN BIOGRAPHY John MacLean allmediascotland.com 08/04/09 FIRST we had Dr Hook and Doctor Feelgood, then Doctor and The Medics, now it's Dr Frank O'Hagan's turn to hit the music trail. Except that this Glaswegian's moniker is no gimmick or affectation - Frank got his title the hard way. He's officially a Doctor of Philosophy, and lectures in History and Education at the University of Glasgow. But in his spare time he also plays the Hammond organ, strums his guitar and sings brilliant folk, blues and rock. His gigs are eagerly awaited events, not least because he always manages to put together a band of brilliant musicians who have played with some of the biggest names in the business. And on his second album, Another Day, Frank's poignant, inspiring and foot-stomping tracks feature a selection of great players who have backed the likes of Van Morrison, the late, great John Martyn, Pentangle, Joan Armatrading - and even The Who. It's clear this dad-of-four from Cathcart, Glasgow, is held in high esteem by his peers. His musical career began in the 1960s with cult rockers The Beings but stalled after he declined to tour Europe because he was starting university. One of his former bandmates, bass player Dougie Thomson, went on to join the supergroup Supertramp. (Dougie, who now lives in Chicago, is a big fan of Frank's music and has been actively looking for Stateside acts to cover some of his songs). From the 1970s onwards, Frank forged an impressive academic and educational career - but he never gave up on his music. Four years ago he finally got together the courage, and the money, to put some of his compositions together on his first CD, A Long Way From Home. And his second release, Another Day, was recently chosen as Album of the Week by BBC Radio Scotland presenter Tom Morton. Songs from both albums were lapped up by a sell-out crowd at the Pearce Institute in Govan last December. And such was the reaction that Frank's 10-strong band were invited to headline a gig at the 02 Academy in the Gorbals on April 18, as part of The No Mean City Festival. Frank said: "It's been great to work with such brilliant musicians as Alan Thomson, Foss Paterson, Gary Foote and a whole lot more. "It's a dream to be able to put out records after so many years. But what I love most is to get on stage with these guys and hear them play my songs. "It is always a pleasure to work with musicians of the calibre of the late, great John Martyn's touring band. "They add an extra dimension to anyone's music. "I'm looking forward to playing such a prestigious venue as the 02 Academy, and I can guarantee anyone who comes along that they will have a great time." The Govan and Glasgow SouthWest Press Another Day Album Launch Review John MacLean IT may have been open for more than 100 years but it's doubtful if in that time the Pearce Institute has ever seen a night quite like it. Thanks to Frank O'Hagan and his hugely talented band of musicians, the venerable old building was transformed into a rock venue for a one-off concert. And what a concert it was! The wide spaces of the McLeod Hall were packed to overflowing as 250 music fans crowded in to see the Cathcart-based singer and songwriter launch his new album, Another Day. The evening was presented by The Govan and Glasgow SouthWest Press, and it was fitting that it was kicked off by a local hero, Eddie Foley. The veteran violinist got toes tapping with his super-fast fiddling as he accompanied the irrepressible Charlie Devlin, with big Joe O'Sullivan in close support. Then the fun gave way to full-on class, as Frank and his friends launched into their performance. From his first CD, A Long Way From Home, the main man delivered haunting renditions of the title track and Rain In The Rosses. Plus foot-stompers such as Judgment Hall and the excellent Montgomery, Alabama, whose inspiring lyrics pay tribute to Civil Rights heroine Rosa Parks. You can always trust a university lecturer - a Doctor of Education, no less - to throw in a bit of impromptu teaching. So it was no surprise that from his latest album Dr Frank treated us to the thoughtful What Did We Ever Learn From History? And while Let Me Back Into That Dream is simply lovely, I'd Rather Be A Rolling Stone is a real floor-filler. By the end of this gig, the audience was up out of their seats and bopping about on the old wooden dancefloor. Frank's Hammond organ was complemented by the classy keyboards of Foss Paterson. Alan Thomson was, as usual, flawless on bass guitar and Gary Foote never missed a beat on drums. Guitar hero Alan Brown was afforded numerous rounds of applause for his stunning solos, while sax symbols Joe Moorhead and Deke McGhee were also astonishingly brilliant. In keeping with what was a brilliant family night out, Pauline O'Hagan and Mhairi Thomson - yes, Frank and Alan's daughters - supplied backing vocals. And they were joined by the hugely talented Suzie Chunk, who rounded off the night in style with a barnstorming version of Led Zeppelin's Rock 'n' Roll. It was loud, it was proud, and it brought the house down. Metaphorically speaking. Sir William Burrell can rest easy on his plinth; the Pearce Institute survived the noise, cheers and stomping. Ben Lomond Free Press December 19th 2008 Review of Pierce Institute Gig BigRab I first heard of Frank when Tom Morton made his album "Another Day" his album of the week on his Radio Scotland show a couple of weeks ago. Frank is a lecturer in history and classics at Glasgow University and performs and records songs, many of which have a political or philosophical message. Last night at a packed house at the Pearce Institute in Govan (Glasgow) he introduced one of his songs about Glasgow's Scotia Bar (Last Chance Saloon) by saying how one of the staff there had said "This place will never change -look at it! Wall to wall misery!" He made great play of talking about lyrics scribbled down on the back of fag packets and Ladbrokes betting slips. One gets the impression that Frank is no ordinary doctor of philosophy! Many of Glasgow's musoratti were there, some of whom I hadn't seen for many years. It was interesting to catch up with their lives and stories. Having a band which is less than famous is probably more difficult now than it's ever been. One guy I know well recounted the tale of his drummer/driver losing his licence over a couple of pints and then soon afterwards having the van stolen. Another singer who I knew very well in a previous life told me of getting gigs in one of Glasgow's most prestigious venues and paying out the whole modest but hard fought for fee in hiring musicians. Whatever Frank O'Hagan paid his band last night wasn't enough! However, just where else you could hear musicians of this quality for a fiver I know not. I knew Deke McGhee and Al Brown from their long Glasgow careers, as well as Alan Thompson (John Martyn's bass player) and top session sax and flute man Gary Foote. Frank I don't think would claim to be doing anything cutting edge. His songs and music are heavily laden with influences. However it is performed and recorded with such panache that no-one could grudge him success on his album. I came away from an excellent evening's entertainment having paid a fiver admission and £15 for Frank's two CD's. I met some old friends into the bargain. Can't be bad! "a collection of well-crafted songs from a man with musical clout, profound lyrics and the crème de la crème of Scottish sessioneers." Tom Morton, BBC Radio (on O'Hagan's second album 'Another Day')

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Artist: Frank O'Hagan
Title: Another Day
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 07/07/2009
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 5060092481014
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