Studio Guest Frank O’Hagan Sat 11th May 6-8pm on Saturday Jam Sessions with Paul and Matthew
Singer-songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player, Frank O’Hagan has 4 albums to his name and enjoyed a career in the Scottish music scene over the course of five decades.
Frank bought his first electric guitar at 13 years of age. Within a year he had graduated to a Fender Stratocaster and was trying to copy the guitar riffs of Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. He was, and still is, a great admirer of Steve Winwood and when he heard him playing Hammond organ around 1965, a new ambition was born. Using months of “gig money” to buy a second hand Hammond organ which Frank has been playing regularly since the late 1960s.
With the Hammond organ playing such a pivotal role in Frank’s love of music it is no surprise that the subtle tones of his B3 and C3 weave in and out of many of his tracks.
Frank was involved in session work with the Hammond throughout the 1970s and 1980s but a combination of family life and academic interests took over for almost thirty years. The release of his first album A Long Way from Home, in 2005 was met with positive reviews.
Frank started recording his own material it was with the help of the harmonica ace, Fraser Speirs, Ted McKenna of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band and bassist Alan Thomson who had worked with the late John Martyn’s band for over twenty years. After several months back in Cava Studios Frank O’Hagan’s first album was released.
O’Hagan began doing more concerts with Alan Thomson (Bass), Foster Paterson(Keyboards) and Arran Ahmun (Drums) who were John Martyn’s touring band with Glasgow guitarist, Al Brown joining the line-up.
This impressive group of O’Hagan’s favourite musicians formed the basis for recording his second albumAnother Day which was recorded in Maybank Studios on the Southside of Glasgow, released in 2008 and received considerable critical acclaim.
A few years in the making, O’Hagan’s fourth album, Storms Over Jupiter, has been released. It bring with it a slightly different edge with songs alluding to historical events, The Sit Down Demand and has Frank’s first instrumental piece, Belchite, written about the fate of the old town during the Spanish civil war. Love’s Old Wishing Star is a departure from Frank’s usual style and is one of the five tracks on the album co-written by long time friend and musical colleague, Willie Scanlan who collaborated with Frank on his first album on the track Rain in the Rosses.
Engineered by Matt Harvey at Maybank Studios and produced by master bass player and mulit-instrumentalist, Alan Thomson, Storms Over Jupiter features a wealth of musical talent including; Martin Winning on Saxophones, Alistair Douglas on Trumpet, Miles Bould complimenting the percussion of Jim Drummond, Suzie Chunk as a guest vocalist, Henrick “Lazy” Vester on harmonica, Richard Dunn on Hammond and piano, Foss Paterson on keys throughout and Al Brown on guitar