Singing the blues is a family affair

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Roaming Son mean business.

The Sheffield blues outfit play raw, high-octane tunes with rough riffs and stomping drums.

“It is dirty,” says guitarist Mark Lyall. “Proper dirty rock and roll. And it’s great. It feels right when we play it because it just happened naturally. We all come from a bluesy background and I play blues - though a different kind of blues - with my dad in M & J Blues.”

And it’s through playing as a duo with his father that has earned Roaming Son a few more fans.

“It’s great having the M & J Blues fans but we’ve also gathered fans from supporting bands like Georgia Satellites. They were massive in the late eighties and their audiences are huge so to be asked to support them is brilliant. They play proper classic rock and were of the Scorpion / Cult era so it’s good stuff. Our drummer loves it because he’s well into the Cult and Motley Crue.”

Songs are - for the large part - written by frontman Tim Cavanagh. “He’s a fantastic songwriter and comes along with the words and the structure and we add the rhythm and words. Basically we add the sprinkle to Tim’s stuff.”

And while Lyall’s musical roots are entrenched in his dad’s record collection, the blues scene is growing in Sheffield - even among the youngsters.

“There’s a scene in Sheffield and it is getting bigger. Most people are into their indie stuff but there are quite a few into the blues scene. Nights such as the Honey Bees Blues Club have done a great job at putting on some brilliant blues acts.”

But there is one challenge to playing in a rough and ready blues ac: reigning it in.

“We can get a bit carried away but our frontman keeps us in check, which is a good job,” laughs Lyall.

Roaming Son play at the Greystones, Greystones Road, on Saturday June 28.