Originally Hokie Joint were
due to open the Saturday evening session but due to family reasons they
could not make the gig. The replacement was
Simon McBride from
Northern Ireland on vocals and guitar (PRS Single Cut) supported by bass
and drums. The set was a typical power trio guitar fronted performance
of mostly original material. Numbers included within the set were “Take
My Hand”, “Still Waters Rising”, “Fat Pockets” from his first album,
“Down By The Wire” from his second album, “Down In The River” and
“Devils Road” a fast number delivered at breakneck speed worthy of
Motorhead. One cover included in the set was a fine version of “Power of
Soul” by the Band of Gypsies.
from Toronto Canada, one of the new breed of young blues/rock guitarists
emerging on the scene backed by bass and drums performed a high energy
set of Stratocaster strangling that more than satisfied the rockers in
the audience. The set of mostly original material from his “Inner
Evolution” album including “One Foot In The Grave”, “Slip Away”, “Taking
Things For Granted”, “Wild Fire” inspired by changes in his life which
included verses from “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Blind Faith, a slow
blues instrumental dedicated to his old lady, “King of Mexico” and “Are
You Ready”. The set ended with a cover of Neil Young’s “Cinnamon Girl”.
The high volume of this set certainly shifted the ear wax.
Headliner for the Saturday
night was USA based guitarist and singer
Jonny Lang supported by guitar, keyboards,
bass, drums and his sister on backing vocals. Jonny on Les Paul and
Telecaster featured material from a number of his albums including “Lie
To Me” and “Turn Around”. Songs included with the set were “A Quitter
Never Wins”, “It Never Too Late”, “Can You Make The Sun Shine”,
“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, Stevie Wonders “Just Enough For The
City”, a slow ballad “On That Grey Day”. The set featured a couple of
numbers on acoustic guitar “I Want To Say Thank You” and “Lie To Me”.
The encore included the only
blues of the set “Forty Days” by Muddy Waters, a jazz influenced “Rack
Um Up” about shooting pool and an instrumental that featured solos from
each of the musicians including bass and drum solos.