I had a most enjoyable couple of hours this afternoon at a small bar in Belfast, listening to Sam Davidson’s Taste. My good pal Ali MacKenzie – my favourite bass player in the world, bar none – was depping for the usual chap on bass and a beguiling character called ‘Dancing Dave’ Taylor was guesting on vocals – Sam having a bit of a lost voice.
Sam was the Rory Gallagher stand-in when 1968-70 Taste members John Wilson (dr) and Richard ‘Charles’ McCracken (bs) reformed and toured as Taste in the late 90s or early 2000s. I think Richard may have left first and then John, on health grounds. So Sam has been bequeathed the name. (John and Richard weren’t actually original members – that would be Eric Kitteringham and Norman Damery, who lasted long enough for a single and a Top Gear session.)
I must admit, I feel slightly queasy about this, name business but then again, why not? He’s the last man standing, and it’s not as if anyone’s getting rich off it. These are all people who just like to play – and it was a great show. No egos, a good vibe, a few laughs » Continue Reading.