Pat McManus Band: Full Service Resumed



This episode of Big Blend Radio features Northern Irish hard rock blues guitarist Pat McManus, known by many from his former bands Mama’s Boys and Celtus and for the last fifteen years by his own Pat McManus Band. Hear about his vast music career and seventh studio album “Full Service Resumed.” Listen here in the YouTube player or download the podcast on SoundCloud or Podbean.

On “Full Service Resumed,” Pat has delivered a brilliant rock and blues album, featuring his scorching guitar work and impassioned vocals.  The album includes four previously unreleased studio re-records of tracks from his days in Mama’s Boys…Belfast Boy, Too Little of You to Love, Hard-Headed Ways, and Belfast City Blues.

This album is classic Pat McManus. Pat is an extraordinary musician who grew up in a family steeped in traditional music. He became an award-winning violinist at a very tender age, moving to rock and blues in his late teens. He quickly developed his phenomenal guitar and songwriting skills. Working initially with his brothers, Pat McManus became known as a musician of rare talent and feel.

With hundreds of shows under his belt, including big slots at the Reading and Knebworth Festivals, and requests to tour with  prominent musicians as diverse as Phil Lynott’s Thin Lizzy and Sheryl Crow, Pat is a humble, hard-working musician, who takes pride in his talents and musical abilities.

The Pat McManus Band itself was formed in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, this is a player and performer who knows how to entertain, as Full Service Resumed proves once again.

Pat said of the album, “Writing and recording music has always been both exciting and a positive challenge; it’s the reason I get up in the morning and it’s definitely in my DNA. With Full Service Resumed I found myself in the unique position of  having time to record due to the pandemic, but also having difficulty of finding a studio in which to record.

‘In the end we got around the situation and personally it was a godsend to me as an artist to have something to motivate myself. The album, like most I record, has a diverse content, with my reflections on life along with the added bonus of revisiting some of my past with the four bonus tracks from my Mama’s Boys days. Re-working and re-recording the old songs was interesting for me to do as you don’t want to disrespect the past, but it’s a joy to revisit it nonetheless”.

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