Sunderland’s Blues twin in the USA

The Wildcat O'Halloran Band
The Wildcat O'Halloran Band
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TWO Sunderlands, three thousand miles apart, one shared love of the Blues.

An American Blues singer, from Sunderland, Massachusetts, USA, is recording a cover version of a track by a Mackem musician.

Wildcat O’Halloran heard Hate Me For a Reason on a Blues radio show and tracked down its creator Trevor Sewell via Facebook. He even asked Trevor, who lives in Millfield, to guest appear on the track.

The song, which is about intolerance, has been making waves on both sides of the pond after receiving a recent nomination in the British Blues Awards, as well as Trevor winning Best Blues Artist award in this year’s Artists in Music Awards in Hollywood.

Trevor said: “Wildcat first heard the song on Les Young’s Wall to Wall Blues programme where we were both were featured artists.

“I was really pleased when Cat contacted me, as I had been listening to the show and thought his music was great.

“The coincidence with us both in Sunderland, albeit a few thousand miles apart, is really strange. When Wildcat tours in the UK we will definitely set up a date in Sunderland together.”

Wildcat has opened for just about every major Blues artist to visit the state of Massachusetts, in New England, Including Gregg Allman, John Mayall, John Lee Hooker, The Stray Cats, Albert Collins, James Cotton and Bo Diddley.

Wildcat said: “I just really loved the song as soon as I heard it and was able to track Trevor down through Facebook.

“I think it would be really cool to gig with Trevor in Sunderland next time I tour in the UK and over here too when Trevor comes to play the East Coast.”

n You can hear Trevor Sewell and his band when they play Soundscape in Sunderland city centre on Saturday.

As part of the day of music Trevor will play The Place, in Sunniside, at 1pm. The Trevor Sewell Band will play The Borough, in Vine Place, at 10.30pm on the same day.