I played at Maggiefest on Sunday (see poster in earlier post). I had a great time – the sound system was excellent – I was able to hear my voice wonderfully well – a little scary really but it allowed me to add nuances and such to, hopefully, good effect. By the time we got around to starting (a little late) there was a reasonable audience too. They were very attentive and appreciative, I think, of my curtailed set – I got some good comments afterwards and a good review too:

“First up Gary Grainger with a solo acoustic set of mid west/deep south blues style tracks including Grateful Dead, Lowell George and Kris Kristofferson. A cracking start to the event. Vocals were crystal clear and the sound was fantastic all night. My little entourage enjoyed this set as it was stuff you just do not hear that often in the local pub scene. Definitely one to watch out for if that genre is your cup of tea.”

Bands included The Creepers – Punk and Roll stuff – great fun and in Eva Destruction a great frontwoman and bass player. The Bandits were of course excellent – one of my favourite local bands and great guys too. They were followed by The Steve Gilroy Band, who have had a few personnel changes, recently. They blew the place away with excellent tight playing, a great choice of material and a blinding performance by the whole band – well done. Organiser Anto’s band The Gatecrashers were next up and I enjoyed their cover versions of well known rock tunes – Anto’s Les Paul sounded great through his Vox amp. I missed The Sticky Fingers, but I’ve seen them before and know they will have been great – drunk but great! An excellent night in aid of Tyneside Cyrenians – a charity for the homeless. Roll on next year!


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