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Ray Dorsett lined up for Colne
OF all the musicians lined up for Colne this weekend, you suspect none is enjoying life more than Ray Dorsett.
The man behind the classic feelgood anthem In The Summertime will be bringing his unique version of jug band blues to the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival.
“I’m just having a ball,” said Ray. “I’m making the kind of music that I love and the response I’ve been getting from audiences has been fantastic.”
In the Seventies, Mungo Jerry had a string of hits with singles such as Baby Jump, Alright, Alright, Alright and Long Legged Woman Dressed in Black.
“I think once we started being successful we got roped into the pop world,” said Ray. “We did have some big hits but looking back I think we left behind the music that really appealed to me.
“I have always believed that you should take the music to the people and for a period did quite a lot of theatre and cabaret shows. But with hindsight I don’t think that was a good career move.
“The power in the music industry has shifted to be more on the side of the musicians now which is very healthy. With the internet and the likes of YouTube, musicians are not being dictated to by the major record companies, it is no longer just about selling plastic.”
Thoughout his career Ray has never been afraid to explore different musical themes ranging from jazz to reggae.
“I’ve come to realise that it’s all about the groove,” said Ray. “In effect I’ve rediscovered what I was doing at the start of my career.
“I have had some brilliant gigs recently, it’s been a bit like group therapy for both me and the audience.
“There have been several generations in the crowd all getting something from it, that’s the vibe you always want to achieve.”
n Mungo Jerry, international stage, tomorrow, 3.30pm.
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