Albie Donnelly's SUPERCHARGE
(in cooperation with Tour-Service Bernie Zylka)
Europe´s finest Rhythm & Blues Band(B.B. King)
Albie Donnelly's Rhythm' n & Blues Tornado
His bald head, bushy beard and shades have become instantly recognizable on the European music scene. But above all, it's his fiery saxophone playing that has made Albie Donnelly one of the biggest names in continental Rhythm'n & Blues. Since the Liverpool native founded his band SUPERCHARGE in 1974, he has proceeded to establish its reputation with rising success.
Recordings on the prestigious Virgin Label (with Mutt Lange as producer), No.1 in Australia, tours with QUEEN, B.B.KING & CHUCK BERRY, TV-Shows and extended tours across Europe and Australia are a constant proof of this.
As a frontman who combines bluesy vocals with soulful sax-licks Albie has continued and developed the tradition of greats such as Junior Walker and King Curtis. With its new line-up Albie Donnelly's Supercharge has evolved from it's origins as a R & B showband into a leading exponent of authentic, powerful soul, blues and swing...
Todays Line Up:
Albie Donnelly - alto & tenor saxophone / vocals
Roy Herrington - guitar / vocals
Jürgen "Big Jay" Wieching - baritone & tenor saxophone
Mike Rafalczyk - trombone / harp / vocals
Sascha Kuehn - hammond organ / piano
Wolfgang "Bolle" Diekmann - bass
Uwe Petersen - drums
Roaring Liverpool sounds in Europe
(Liverpool Daily Post, by Tony Davis)
Albie Donnelly and Supercharge at New Orleans Jazz Festival Ascona Switzerland
Great waves of Mersey goodwill washed over the shores of Lake Maggiore as the lovely Swiss town of Ascona in the picturesque canton of Tiscino rocked to the sound of Liverpool's roaring son, Albie Donnelly and his superband, Supercharge. For the first time Liverpool is represented by Albie Donnelly and Supercharge, rending the peaceful evening air of Ascona's lakeside with the sounds of downtown Harlem, or should that be Toxteth.
Albie centered his two hour non stop show around his exciting CD Loaded, his eight piece combination coming over with the force of a big band and the repertoire ranging from Duke Ellington's Caravan - a tour de force for drummer Uwe Peterson - through Choo Choo Boogie to Albie's own composition, built on a classic 12 bar blues structure, Don't Worry About A Thing. The excitement built to such an extent that even the musicians in the large crowd were shouting encouragement and whistling enthusiastically.
Unselfishly, Albie passed the vocal chores to Manchester guitarist Dave Shepley for a new number One More Mile, which featured alternating sax and brass figures behind Dave's vocal and guitar solo. A formidable plunger muted trombone solo showed one serious side of group comedian Mike Rafalczyk while his exciting blues harp a la Sonny Terry let the younger element in the crowd breathless.
Limitations of space force me to leave out a dozen more high spots of this first Liverpool invasion, but you may be certain that New Orleans Ascona will be seeking more input from Merseyside in the coming years.