The Sensational Alex Harvey Experience

The Sensational Alex Harvey Experience (SAHE) are the UK’s N o 1 tribute to the 70s Scottish rock super group The Sensational Alex Harvey Band (SAHB). The original idea for a SAHB tribute was born from an invite to a charity event in 2013 and to include some SAHB numbers. The band were so well received it was decided to develop the idea.

Fast forward to eleven years later and the band has been touring the UK extensively building a reputation and to become a favourite on the rock circuit. After a few line-up changes the band is now settled with Andy Massie on vocals, Brian Cartwright on Guitar, Chris Killen on drums, David Cowan on keys and Nelson McFarlane on bass. Ask anyone who has seen the band live and you will know that they can deliver the material in a committed and professional manner. The band are first and foremost SAHB fans and work hard to keep the music alive for fans both old and new. Whilst the SAHB music is given a respectful nod, the band has both updated and developed the songs so they sound fresh and relevant. The show includes recreations/versions of songs from well-loved albums such as NEXT, The Impossible Dream, Tomorrow Belongs to Me and many more. SAHE have received accolades like “My Dad would have approved” (Alex Harvey Jr), “The best SAHB since SAHB” (Chris Glen) and “the best SAHB tribute out there by far” (Zal Cleminson). In an interesting twist, two members of SAHE were also part of the short-lived Zal Cleminson’s Sin Dogs which released a critically-acclaimed album (Vol. 1) in 2019 and toured the UK and Europe. Those two members (Cowan and McFarlane) have continued the Sin Dogs brand with new members, and Vol. 2 is scheduled for release later in 2024. Meanwhile, SAHE has also recorded and released licenced versions of SAHB classics such as Faith Healer, Midnight Moses and Isobel Goudie (amongst others) which are available for downloads/streaming on the usual platforms (Spotify/Apple/Amazon etc). This is an unusual and brave step for a tribute band, but has been very well received by fans both old and new.

 

The band have performed their show in such places as The O2 ABC Glasgow, The Voodoo Rooms Edinburgh,
Backstage at The Green Hotel, Kinross and various rock venues throughout the UK including Newcastle, Stoke, Sheffield, Derby. They are also scheduled to appear at various venues in the North West of England and Wales in 24/25 and hope to make a first visit to Ireland as soon as possible. You can expect to hear all the best known SAHB favourites with a few surprises and rarities thrown in as well for the “Super Fans”. The show also includes the stage theatrics and humour of the original band. It’s worth noting that while this is primarily a rock band, there is clear blues lineage in the material.

The Sensational Alex Harvey Experience will be the headline act at the opening night (19 th January 2024) of the inaugural Tyneside Americana and Blues Festival at the Crescent Club in Cullercoats : so expect a Scots dimension to be included in the Festival and are delighted to be playing at The Arran Rock n Blues Festival in May.