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McCullagh / MacKay Prog Rock project

Terence (Tully) McCullagh has pulled in keyboard specialist Gordon MacKay to partner with him on his first solo album. Tully and Gordon have performed together in McCully Workshop, but what they are offering this time is very different to the sort of music they do in their band. 
Tully started out recording this new material on his own and then saw that it would be appropriate to have an instrument that is featured in solos and special parts of the songs. Tully is a multi-instrumentalist with bass and guitar being his specialities.  
Adding Gordon, who is classically schooled and a virtuoso electric keyboard player, provided just the right additional elements required for the musical style they are recording.

Gordon is the brother of well known rock musician, Duncan MacKay, who made a name for himself in the UK in the 1980s, notably with the band Cockney Rebel. The two brothers worked together in the Johannesburg jazz/rock scene before Duncan returned to the UK. 
Gordon spent a lot of tim…

Sophistication, Lesley Rae Dowling - Feat. Jethro Butow

Blues licks and Irony
The latest Lesley Rae Dowling track, from the 2020 re-mix project, is the new version of Sophistication, re-named Sophistication, the name of the game. Lesley's vocal, with her tongue in cheek text and the superb electric guitar work of the late Jethrow Butow, make this and outstanding re-release. 
Jethro played on many of the cuts on her first album, but perhaps none of his playing added to the mood of her songs more than on this production. Producer Terence McCullagh remixed the track in the midst of the Corona lockdown of the last couple of months. 
He says: "At the time we recorded the original, I thought Lesley was having a dig at me and my girlfriend, when she came up with the lyrics. Now I see it is more universal in its scorn". 


Jethro was perhaps the go to session guitarist of the Johannesburg studio scene in the 1980's, having played on many hits by local artists. He later turned his hand to production but remained indispensable as a sess…