Snakes of Shake

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This 80s Scottish group comprised Seori Burnette (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Tzen Vermillion (guitar), Sandy Brown (piano, accordion, vocals), Robert Renfrew (bass, slide guitar, vocals) and Rhod…
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This 80s Scottish group comprised Seori Burnette (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Tzen Vermillion (guitar), Sandy Brown (piano, accordion, vocals), Robert Renfrew (bass, slide guitar, vocals) and Rhod ‘Lefty’ Burnett (drums). Their debut album’s highlight was the title track, ‘Southern Cross’, a slice of Cajun-influenced folk pop that was persistently promoted to break the band, without success. Seori Burnette’s songwriting talent was often overshadowed by his excessively dramatic singing style. By the time a second album was released, the line-up comprised Burnette, Brown, Renfrew, Neil Scott (guitar) and Iain Shedden (drums), the last-named previously with pop/punk act the Jolt. Gracelands And The Natural Wood highlighted perfectly the group’s blend of folk and rock styles. Any progress was irretrievably undermined when the group’s outlet, Making Waves, went into receivership, and they subsequently split up. Burnett and Shedden quickly resurfaced in a new act, Summerhill.