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Lachy Doley to the US

Lachy Doley, one of the most prominent Hammond players today, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance three shows in the United States in July 2024. The campaign is three quarters towards the goal, is ending on November 15, and needs just a little push to help it reach the objective. Go check it out.

Lachy Doley is a member of the extended Purple family, having collaborated with Glenn Hughes on a couple of occasions, and at least once with Paicey. But more importantly, he is one of the people who are carrying the proverbial torch lit by Jimmy Smith and Jon Lord, and, hopefully, will continue to do so for many years to come.

The Lachy Doley Group performing a mashup of Green Onions and Lazy at the Trandalblues 2019 in Norway:

Lachy Doley performing with Glenn Hughes in 2017:

Thanks to Graeme Milton for the heads-up.

23 Comments to “Lachy Doley to the US”:

  1. 1
    James Steven Gemmell says:

    Not as disciplined as Jon Lord, but still darn good.

  2. 2
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Amazing, what hidden treasures – other than a great variety of marsupials of course – Down Under has to offer to the world. This young man can play the Hammond rather energetically and skillfully.

  3. 3
    MacGregor says:

    A talented individual. I watched his version of Voodoo Chil(d)e playing that ‘Castlebar’ Clavinet or some may call it a ‘whammy bar’ Clavinet’. A different version indeed but it worked out pretty good. God knows what all the guitarists out there would think of that, let alone the Hendrix geeks. Damn keyboard players, can’t take them anywhere. Cheers.


  4. 4
    MacGregor says:

    Yes there are a few ‘marsupials’ out here that have a little hidden talent at times. It can depend if they are nocturnal or not too. Other than that there isn’t much else to write home about although we are really good at playing cricket, very important that one. Well perhaps not! Cheers.

  5. 5
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Alas!, Herr MacGregor, cricket capabilities come and go (and it’s not like, uhum, THE WORLD is watching, those arcane rules …), but hasn’t the well-balanced DNA pool of your arid little island (mind you, 21 times the size of my neck of the woods! :mrgreen: ) spawned this most fabulous heavy metal & hard rock enthusiast with an infectious laugh (and smile) here?


    Consider yourself blessed!

  6. 6
    Noe Nunez says:

    If he makes it to that show in Nashville things are going to change for him here in the USA, he’s really good

  7. 7
    MacGregor says:

    I tell you what though, until he pulls the Hammond completely over & gets underneath it & plays it upside down, then some of us will be impressed ala Keith Emerson. Not to mention the dagger that Lemmy gave to Emerson & what that was used for. They are all so tame these days the musicians that are out there. But then again with work place health & safety & insurance etc the way it is these days, that alone probably prevents that from ever happening. Ho hum, such is life. Cheers.

  8. 8
    Marcus says:

    Five days to go and still about £5,000 short. Which is only about 120 tickets.
    Your pledge is your ticket.
    You can also buy tickets for any future show.
    So if you want a chance to see him, do visit the page

  9. 9
    Uwe Hornung says:

    (rolls eyes) Aussies and their obsession with knives, say no more!


  10. 10
    MacGregor says:

    I remember the Crocodile Dundee joke, a good one that is. But Lemmy an Australian? Never! More like a German military obsessed Brit. Also Keith Emerson was British & as you well know all of these facts, we are innocent us Aussies, totally. More like we have been corrupted by the British & European types. There is no escape for us it seems. Cheers..

  11. 11
    MacGregor says:

    The things we learn each day. I have never heard of Don Shinn before & he is the early influence on Keith Emerson & also with the ‘screwdriver’ being jammed between two keys on a rocking L100 Hammond organ. Shinn also accidentally created that ‘deafening thunderclap’ sound when the organ is slammed back down after rocking it , due to a loose reverb box which was mounted on springs apparently. We have heard that sound ‘effect’ with Jon Lord also. A early progressive jazz rock musician was Shinn who had Rod Stewart in a band with him in his early days. Very professional & a gifted organist & he did a lot of session work & guesting on other peoples albums etc. Anyway here is ELP with Emerson & those knives that we Aussies are allegedly obsessed with. Note Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s take on the influence from Dave Brubeck’s Blue Rondo a la Turk, the same feel that Deep Purple ‘borrowed’ for their Space Truckin’ live extended version. Cheers.


  12. 12
    MacGregor says:

    Another link this rime to Don Airey via Brubeck & Emerson’s influence from this article.


    From Airey’s ‘Keyed Up’ album. An ode to both Brubeck & Emerson. Wonderful to hear. Cheers.


  13. 13
    DeepOz says:

    As received today.

    MASSIVE NEWS. I woke up this morning to find the campaign has reached 101%
    So it’s looks like I’ll finally be coming to the USA in July. UNBELIEVABLE… I don’t think I’ll truly be able to celebrate and believe it until the campaign actually ends and its all set in stone.
    Only 4 days to go and I’d love to make these shows as big as humanly possible, so you can still get tickets to the shows and the masterclasses and everything else at: https://www.kickstarter.com/…/lets-get-lachy-doley-to…
    THANKYOU all so very much. I’m truly feeling overwhelmed and blessed.
    You guys are wonderful people.
    So much to talk to you all about when the campaign ends I just can’t wait!

  14. 14
    Marcus says:

    Funded. The tour appears to be on

  15. 15
    Jet Auto Jerry says:

    Never heard of him. Watched that entire “Studio Concert” on the YouTube and promptly got my 2 tickets for the L.A. show. I may have been the one to push it over, maybe not, but I sure hope many more than enough pledge so that it happens.

  16. 16
    Uwe Hornung says:

    Can’t someone talk him into joining Black Country Communion?

  17. 17
    MacGregor says:

    Uwe I will presume that is a joke. If not why would Lachy destroy any possible potential at a career moving in a positive direction? BCC don’t do anything so it would be a death knell indeed. Much better off joining an active band that actually gets out & plays live etc & and to also avoid certain ego maniacs in the process. Cheers.

  18. 18
    Mark says:

    Lachy Doley has a link with two other great Aussie players: Ray Beadle and Shane Pacey. Both are excellent blues guitarists and should be checked out.
    Pacey is part of the legendary (at least down here) Bondi Cigars, a band (whose name is best understood by us locals) who can punch out the blues/rock as good as anybody.

  19. 19
    Uwe Hornung says:

    I just thought that BCC would greatly benefit from some less subdued Hammond playing! He seems to be up to the job. But yes, I was being selfish.

  20. 20
    MacGregor says:

    I knew what you meant. It is the old saying that any publicity is good publicity thing. If he does hook up with any ‘known’ musicians who have the experience & contacts that would be a positive thing. I just thought of the scenario of him getting a start & then all is pulled out from under him. Such is the history of BCC. He will do ok I am sure & that is what made me think of Keith Emerson. That ‘out there’ approach to playing the Hammond the way Lachy does. Rock music could do with that again as it is sorely missed from the days of so many great Hammond players. Cheers.

  21. 21
    Uwe Hornung says:

    BCC is an inherently a flawed concept, too much baggage, a guitar solo star with too little time to commit properly, a member of one of the greatest 70ies rock bands who will never scale those heights again, a son of a famous deceased drummer living forever in his dad’s shadow and a keyboarder who with ill timing left one of the few popular modern prog bands which were not already founded in the 70ies just before they broke through. It’s a combustion waiting to happen.

    What BCC would need it is a joint hiatus of all solo careers and alternative band memberships of all members for a period of, say, 18 months, a good album, a world tour and then at the end of that a general reassessment whether that is what they want to continue to do. Don’t see that happening. And Glenn is of course no spring chicken anymore even though both his voice and his bass playing chops have held up admirably well. Still, at his age, he can’t guarantee anyone a ten-year-career with him anymore.

  22. 22
    MacGregor says:

    Wasn’t BCC a manufactured band? Meaning an idea from a record company executive or a banker or someone with no idea about music in general & only obsessed with the filthy lucre. It sure comes across like that in certain ways. Asia were that but at least they were out there playing live & somewhat committed to the ongoing process. ‘Super groups’ eh, shouldn’t touch them with a barge pole. Cheers.

  23. 23
    MacGregor says:

    It seems it was the record producer Kevin Shirley that suggested to Hughes & Bonamassa to get Bonham & Sherinan to complete a band. Anyway it just goes to show with that saying, ‘a team of champions will never beat a champion team’. Something along those lines & sometimes certain scenarios just don’t work. Life goes on. Cheers.

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