Bobby Takes Ireland by Storm

highland_radioEurope’s top Bob Dylan Tribute Act, Robert Harrison plays Dylan Music under the name of Bobby Does Dylan. He even captured the imagination of his hero Bob Dylan, after a clip of Bobby playing outside the Oran Mor was seen by the man himself. Dylan asked to see Robert and the two met up for a chat at Dylan’s hotel the next time he was in Glasgow in late 2013.

Robert, who also played at the Tall Ships Race in Greenock, has gone on from strength to strength since then. Last week he headlined the biggest DylanFest in Europe, Stuck Inside of Moville, in Donegal in Ireland. He spent two nights performing a collection of Bob Dylan classics to the sold out Casial Mara Hotel!  Robert was grateful to play after an amazing supporting act Al Diesan who had flown all the way from Italy to perform, “I’m very grateful for Al supporting me that night as my original support band were unable to play so Al who already had other commitments stepped in at the last minute.”

He took Ireland by storm. The festival appeared in all the main Irish newspapers and Robert appeared on Highland Radio, Ireland’s biggest local radio station, to talk about his show and the festival and to play one of Dylan’s best known songs, Blowin In The Wind.

Organiser, Gerry McLaughlin, himself originally from West Stewart St. in Greenock, said “I sent the radio station clips of all the main acts but it was Bobby they wanted to appear on the programme after seeing the same clip that Bob Dylan saw outside the Oran Mor. It was great publicity for the festival”.

Robert really captured the Irish imagination as he was talked about on national TV on the Seven O’Clock Show on TV3 last weekend – a highly popular show in Ireland. Stuck Inside of Moville was one of the Four Events of the Week on the show and the presenter told the story of Robert meeting his hero Bob Dylan.

The town of Moville had been booked out for weeks with all the accommodation taken for a radius of six miles or more. There was great eagerness among the international crowd to see Bobby Does Dylan on the Friday and Saturday nights.

32-year-old Tara Boehm, who had flown in from Philadelphia for the weekend, and who saw his show, said “Bobby Does Dylan was awesome. The DylanFest and Bobby are supercool. I’ll definitely be back next year and I’ll bring some friends as well”.

Organiser Gerry said, “The crowd were delighted with Bobby’s performances. One guy was in tears after the show. He said that he had seen Bob Dylan recently and preferred Bobby’s performance. It was a real international audience to see him”.

Said Robert “It was amazing – Bob Dylan acts in multiple venues over four days. I’ll definitely be back next year even better than this year”.

Dylan Fest News

dylan_black_and_white_walking_dead_newThe Man Bob Dylan himself asked to see is set to headline at this years annual Dylan Fest in Northern Ireland.  And yes that man is Robert Harrison aka Bobby Does Dylan.  Times are a moving and its now growing closer to the annual Dylan Fest that takes place in Moville, Co Donegal of the Republic of Ireland.

Publicity has been ramped up as Craicon the official promoters of the Dylan Fest event have been pushing the promotion in the weeks leading up to the event.

Craicon recently published the story about the time Robert managed to meet Bob Dylan in person.  Bob Dylan had been made aware of Roberts videos posted online to youtube and requested to meet with Bobby when in Glasgow:

It was all arranged and in late 2013, Robert was taken to Bob Dylan’s hotel suite in Glasgow to meet him. “Is he here?” asked Robert of the guy showing him in, as there were quite a few people in the room, some of whom he recognised. “That’s him over there” Robert was told.

To read more about this story visit The Craicon Website:  The Man Dylan had to see headlines at Moville!

Robert is set to headline at the Caiseal Mara at the end of the month on the 28th and 29th of August. It’s sure to be a fun filled two evenings full of classic Dylan hits which will be accompanied by Robert’s unique flair for putting on a show of light and music.

For more information on Dylan Fest and the programme of events please check out Craicon for more information

Details on the location of where Robert is to play can be found by clicking on this weblink

Bobby Does Dylan Live Teaser

Bobby Does Dylan has just released a teaser trailer for his act! Check out Bobby live in concert in this one minute trailer featuring clips of Bobby performing all the classic hits!

Bobby Travels to Ireland

dylan_black_and_white_walking_deadBobby Does Dylan, the man Bob Dylan himself demanded to see, traveled to Moville in Ireland last night to help plan this year’s DylanFest with the Caiseal Mara and other pub owners.

The meeting Drew in musicians from all over including the guys from Ireland’s top Dylan band, Blowins In The Wind who had traveled up from  Sligo hoping to get a gig for the DylanFest.

Bobby set up in the small function room in the Caiseal Mara and played his Dylan set there tonight as a warm up teaser for the coming event in August.

It’s a shame it was only a Monday night, but Robert is in big demand in Scotland and plays most weekends in his home country. He played Edinburgh at the weekend and will play again this year at the Caiseal Mara Hotel at Dylan Fest.

Bobby previously played top of the bill at the West End Festival in Oran Mor in Glasgow in front of 9,000 people.

 

2013 in Review!

img_8259 It’s been a fantastic year for Bobby Does Dylan, he rounded off the year by playing follow up gig for the inmates at Gateside Prison Greenock.  He performed two christmas concerts for the male and female inmates on the 16th of December. He played clasisc hits as well as a few Johnny Cash favourites in the style of Bob Dylan.

It all kicked off in January when Bobby picked up his guitar and started off the year with a concert at the Victorian suite in Greenock.  Fans braved the dreadful weather conditions to come out and see Bobby in his first of the gig of the year, which got him off to a great start.  He then took some time out to add to his repertoire of hits before jumping into a trilogy of gigs in the summer of 2013; first up playing at a fundraiser gig for Edinburgh Fringe Festival show “Dirty Water”.  Bobby played as part of the nights activities to help raise funds to get aid in their journey to the Fringe Festival.

Bobby-7-BW He then went on to play 2 gigs at the Oran Mor in June.  First as a headline act at the Glasgow West End Festival, where he played to pack crowds on the street and inside the venue. (Click here to view some video footage from the event)

It was a great warmup act to his next show, which took place a week later inside the Oran Mor’s Whisky bar.  A popular attraction at Oran Mor Bobby thinks of the venue highly and it holds a special place in his heart.

Next up Bobby returned to his hometown, Greenock, in August to play at The brand New Albany Theatre.  It was a packed house and he received a great response. With fans coming from Dumbarton, Glasgow and Motherwell to see him play the best of hits in which he finished off with the classic song The Hurricane.  The venue was perfect for his on stage visuals which projected images of the real Bob Dylan high above him to help take audiences back in time to what the real Bob Dylan was like in the 60s.

The Scottish Whisky Awards 2013In November Bobby was then invited to headline at the Scottish Whisky Awards 2013, which took place at the grand venue of the Oran Mor Auditorium.  This event is a yearly celebration of the finest Scottish Whiskies in the world and Bobby was honoured to play in front of the top talent of the Whisky Industry.

In December for his penultimate gig of the year Bobby was honoured to play at The Partick Tavern in memory of the victims of the Clutha Vault tragedy.  The event took place to raise funds for the charity for the families of the fallen.  It was a successful fundraiser which took place over the whole weekend and raised a lot of the cash for the charity.  Bobby created a great show for the patrons of the Tavern who were joining in and singing along to favourites such as Forever Young, Like A Rolling Stone and Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.

Bobby has had his busiest year to date and hopes that the next year will be bigger still.  Keep an eye out on the website for information on future events for 2014!

 

 

Back To Oran Mor

img_8259 Bobby Does Dylan has recently finished a trio of great gigs.  It all started off on the 7th of June when Bobby was invited to play at a fund raising event for John Stuart’s Dirty Water at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Bobby played as part of the nights activities to help raise funds to get aid in their journey to the Fringe Festival.

Click Here to view photos from the Fringe Event

 

Second up was Bobby’s biggest gig to date.  He played as headline act at the Westend Festival outside The Oran Mor on Sunday the 9th of June.  It was a glorious sunshiny day and there were thousands of people out in mass for the event.  Many people had gathered at The Oran Mor to enjoy a drink at the popular spot in the sunshine.  As Bobby came on slowly and slowly more people began to gather round.  It seems that Bobbys rendition of the well known Bob Dylan songs was drawing in crowds. People were stopping in the street outside the venue and stayed to the end.

Click Here to view photos from the West End Festival

 

img_0689 And Finally on Monday the 17th of June Bobby played inside The Oran Mor at The Whisky Bar. He was asked back by the management team at Oran Mor due to overwhelming popularity when he played last year. And due to growing popularity Bobby had a much bigger audience at this years events. It was a successful 3-gig tour for June.

 

Click Here to view photos from the Oran Mor concert

 

 

Bobby is looking forward to more concerts in the future. Keep your eye on Bobby Does Dylan Website for future events!

 

Check out a few videos of Bobby Performing at the event that were filmed at the event by a fan:

Like a Rolling Stone

The House of the Rising Sun

Just Like Tom Thumb Blues

Bobby Headlines the West End!

It was a great sunny day in Glasgow on Sunday the 9th of June.  The weather was perfect for the west end festival parade day.  Byres Road was closed off and there was an arrangement of outdoor acts at the Oran Mor.  A giant parade marched down Byres road to crowds of thousands, but soon after the crowds dispersed and a new crowd gathered as Bobby Does Dylan the headline act of the Oran Mor garden gigs played to a packed crowd.

Bobby played a selection of classic hits at his best gig yet!  The Oran Mor was packed with musicians, actors and fans galore.  The recognisable tunes were too much for some festival attendees to ignore and slowly as Bobby played on a crowd gathered in the street that stretched from one side of the road to other.  He played the classics such as Like a Rolling Stone, Mr Tambourine Man and Times are a Changin’, as well as a Bob Dylan rendition of The House of the Rising Sun before finishing off with Forever Young and an encore with Blowin’ in the Wind.

It was a great surprise for Bobby to be asked to play as he will be back at Oran Mor next week to play at the Whisky bar on Monday the 17th of June.  This will start at 8.00 pm and will be free entry to anyone who wishes to come along.  So pull up and enjoy the amazing talents of Bobby Does Dylan!

Bobby would like to thank everyone who watched him play at the Oran Mor last Sunday and hopes many a fans return to see him again on Monday!

(Photos by Kolin Ferguson)

Oran Mor Interview

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Flicker Magazine was in attendance to review Bobby @ The Oran Mor gig. Read the review by Marc McAllister below

Bobby Does Dylan is a Bob Dylan tribute act created by actor Robert Harrison that some say is better than Dylan himself. Now I went into this totally unaware of exactly what the Bobby Does Dylan was and to be honest when I researched it, I was disappointed. I have never been a Bob Dylan fan, ever! So imagine my surprise when having taken in the show, I not only enjoyed it but I actually had an amazing time doing so.

I knew I recognised Bobby but I didn’t know where from until after the show and I checked IMdB. I’d seen him very briefly acting in the Ken Loach film ‘Sweet Sixteen’. Robert also had a part in the Flicker editor’s recent horror flick ‘The Bench’, he sure gets around. Turns out the guy can do way more than act, like reinvent Bob Dylan into someone I could listen to. Not an easy task.

Robert successfully was a better Bob Dylan than Bob Dylan for the first time at the Tall Ships gig in Greenock. It was at Tall Ships were he played alongside famous musicians such as Deacon Blue and Lulu. The whole Tall Ships event was filmed by a crew at the gig, who edited the footage into a documentary which can be found online, very interesting stuff.

Robert, in hat and shades looked enough like Bob Dylan without trying to overdo it. The Oran Mor was a perfect setting for the packed audience most of whom turned up to see Bobby Does Dylan, the others got a real treat. Harrison strummed his guitar and whaled his harmonica to all the classics like ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, ‘Maggie’s Farm’, ‘Blowin In The Wind’, ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’, ‘Everybody Must Get Stoned’, ‘Knockin on Heavens Door’ and my personal favourite of the night ‘All Along the Watchtower’ which simply sounded amazing.

005 When the night ended Bobby got a standing ovation and screams for more from the fans, myself included. After the show Robert had changed back to his regular attire, back to being Robert instead of Bobby. He was surrounded by audience members wanting to tell him how much they loved the show. Harrison graciously made the time to speak to all of them and after he was finished we found a quiet place to sit hand have a chat:

Marc McAllister: So first of all that was great show, you were better at being Dylan than Bob Dylan, is this a usual thing for you?

Robert Harrison: Well this is the first time at Oran Mor, I’m really honored to play here. I really wanted to do one in Glasgow because I love the Glasgow people, I love doing this in Scotland and I think Bob Dylan would appreciate that because he loves the Scottish people as well. But before this I first played at the Tall Ships in Greenock which got a great response, after that I did a few other concerts, I did the Bute Rainbow Festival, a lot of English people came up for that, got a great response for that as well, but this is the first in Glasgow

MM: Where are you originally from?

RH: Im actually from a small town in Greenock. I did a few concerts there which went down really well. Some people were saying ‘Oh wear a wig.’ I’m not here for to be Bob Dylan, Im here to represent Bob Dylan, to sing like Dylan. Sure, I wear the hat and the glasses to represent him but it’s all about the voice, if you don’t have the voice then what is the point. Some people try it and can’t pull it off

MM: Absolutely agree with you there

RH: To tell you the truth Bob Dylan’s voice came to me, I never went to him

MM: Have you always been a Bob Dylan fan?

RH: Well in a way yes but when I started working on doing the Bob Dylan voice, I started off with an old song called ‘House of the Rising Sun’

MM: Was that a Bob Dylan song? I though that was the animals who covered that from Ledbelly?

RH: Yeah it was originally but Dylan covered it way back in the 60′s

MM: OK

RH: Well anyway I did the song for a few people and they instantly said ‘You have got Bob Dylan’s voice’ so I took it from there, took up the guitar, I used to be in a band that did stuff like Pink Floyd, which meant I switched from electric to acoustic but Dylan came from acoustic to electric.

MM: It’s a great sound man.

RH: Thank you. Yeah, so then what I did was I watched an old black & white movie called ‘Dont Look Back’ terrific movie, I love it. In the film he’s sitting in London at one point typing his songs on a typewriter, then about 5 months later after watching it I go into shop in my home town and see this same typewriter, identical. I got and it was about £4 or something. I took it home and double checked ‘Don’t Look Back’ again, identical but what was really shocking was when I looked in the rubber it said repeatedly ‘Robert, Robert, Robert’ all over it, all over the typewriter which was a bit weird you know.

MM: Definitely very weird.

RH: Yeah so looking over the movie again and again, I dreamed about doing what Bob did on a stage back in ’65 and after working at it the dream came true for me when I got to play the Tall Ships in Greenock

MM: Excellent

RH: So now from here I want to keep getting the same response that I got from the crowd tonight. So I’ll continue to work harder to achieve that, I believe that I live for Bob now. I mean I’ve been in and out of bands that haven’t worked out and been a bit of a let down but now Bob Dylan’s voice has given me the chance to go out and do it, to represent him.

MM: I love the sound you get from your harmonica as well.

RH: You know it’s funny cause I was never a harmonica player. (The) first time I played one was when I tried to play ‘Mr Tambourine Man’ it was about 3 months before the Tall Ships gig. I picked up a mouth organ and it just came to me.

MM: Really amazing that you picked everything up so quickly.

RH: It was everything, the rhythm, the fingerpicking, the voice, the mouth organ and now I just wanna focus on Bob Dylan until the day die and thats it. (I) just wanna be representing him.

MM: Does it hurt your throat, putting on the Bob Dylan voice?

RH: I don’t really have to put it on, ‘you can put it on’ (In a Dylan voice) but I use my own voice and I use Bob, so I combine the two and use my acting skill. That’s what I do I’m an actor. So, I use my entertainment and acting abilities to create Bob Dylan the best I can.

MM: Do you have plans to tour with Bobby does Dylan?

RH: I’ve got plans to go to Edinburgh and Manchester. I just wanna make sure I know more of the songs first. I was over at the Bute Rainbow festival in Rothesay and somebody in the crowd was shouting ‘Hurricane, Hurricane’, I’m thinking god I would need to be in jail to learn that one you know, it’s that long.

MM: (laughs) When I came in I didn’t hear you talk at first but then when you talked I was surprised you had a Scottish accent. Do you often find people say that?

RH: I am hoping that some day I can go to America to represent Bob and if that happens I’d like to wear a kilt and a crail to represent Scotland when I’m out there. I’ve got big plans in the future for that.

MM: Sounds great are you signed to a label or management yet?

RH: No not yet but a few people are showing interest, I think they like the fact I do Bob but with my own twist you know, I put my own wee spin on it. I always thought some of Bob’s verses were a bit too long, so I cut down some of the songs so I could fit more into the set.

MM: Well I actually prefer your version of All Along The Watchtower. I was never personally a fan of Bob Dylan but I think you may have changed my mind tonight.

RH: Well that really means a lot, thank you. I hope that people reading this will want to come along to the show and that I can give them a great night of entertainment. That’s really all you can do.
Robert then went on and spoke to almost everyone in the bar who surrounded him and praised him for his performance again. He seemed like a very genuine and passionate guy. He seems like he has set his mind on this project and I firmly believe he can achieve something with it. I would recommend this show for all Bob Dylan fans and even some who aren’t because I was shocked that I enjoyed it as much as I did. The most pleasant surprise I’ve had in a long time.

Tall Ships Concert Clips Coming Soon!

bob4 Bobby Does Dylan Successfully played his first gig at the Tall Ships event in Greenock. He played to a packed crowd at the Sugar Sheds on the sunny afternoon. He was also asked to play a follow up session at the Arena Stage later on in the day.

The gig was documented by his crew that was gathered at the event for the day and they are now deep into editing video footage of the gig. Keep your eye on the website for more information as you should expect to see videos of the gig, hitting the website very soon!

Welcome to Bobby Does Dylan

Bobby Does Dylan launches his official website for the Bob Dylan Tribute act. Based in Scotland, Bobby Dylan covers all the best Bob Dylan songs such as When The Ships Come in, Blowin’ In The Wind, Tambourine Man, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, The Times They Are A-Changing, Maggie’s Farm, Like a Rolling Stone and Lay Lady Lay.

Bobby Dylan will be making his debut gig live at the musical events for The Greenock Tall Ships Races in July of 2011 alongside legendary Scottish acts Lulu and Deacon Blue.