Meet the frockers - for a classic Marys mash

Meet the frockers - for a classic Marys mash

Aberdeen-based frock and rollers, the Bloody Marys have had to put their thinking caps on since their reunion last year after a gap of 10 years.

For over the past months, while they’ve revived numbers they played in the 90s, there are still people asking for more tunes lost in the mists of time.

“It has created quite a buzz,” admitted their keyboard player Steve Morrison. “People are asking for stuff we thought was long forgotten – it has thrown up so many different suggestions, some of which we forgot we ever played!

“To try and please as many people as possible we have decided to do a Classic Marys Mash - to cram the most popular suggestions into the most diverse, camp medley to hit The Lemon Tree.

“Musically it has been a challenge, but a lot of fun and we hope it brings back a lot of fond memories to the Lemon Tree crowd.”

The Bloody Marys play The Lemon Tree on Saturday, September 1 – doors at 8pm – and tickets are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

The band – who were a loud, proud and in-your-face phenomenon back in the 90s – reformed in May last year thanks to a little Facebook pressure from fans who have never forgotten them.

In their hey day, the guys – Ian Gray on lead vocals, Barry Dodds on guitar and Steve on keyboard – played to crowds of up to 2000 people throughout Scotland, including sell-out shows at the now-defunct Capitol Theatre; appeared on the cult TV show The Big Breakfast and accumulated accolades such as the Holston Pills Band of the Year.

Their farewell gig at Aberdeen Music Hall in 1999 was an instant sell-out.

Described in one national newspaper as “brilliantly vulgar”, the Bloody Marys have an eccentric on-stage persona, bringing the stage alive with their unique performances of cover tracks from the ever-popular Abba, Take That and The Rocky Horror Show.

Posted on Wednesday 22 August

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