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Bluesbreakers: The Rising Souls

The Edinburgh-based trio cook up acoustic heavy soul.

"Stripped back, rootsy soul.” That’s what The Rising Souls are about, according to their singer, acoustic guitarist and main man Dave Archibald. It’s an apt description for the Edinburgh- based three-piece, in which Archibald is joined by Roy ‘Kelso’ Laing on electric bass and Tom Reed on cajón. In classic fashion, the set-up came together by accident. Archibald was in a straight- ahead rock band, but when Laing joined on bass, the pair started doing acoustic gigs. One night Reed jumped on stage with his box and started playing along, and a new direction beckoned.


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