Deerhunter Fundraiser – Sunday 10th October 2010.
Were you there? If the answer is no then you missed an awesome gig…if the answer is yes then you already know just how awesome it was! Thornhill Blues, with the co-operation of Jackie and Violet Thomas, mine hosts of the Deerhunter, staged another fundraiser for next years blues festival.
Five incredible bands played out of their shoes to guarantee the day was a success, and the first band, “The Rainbow Stairs” set the yardstick for the rest of the day. Playing covers by the likes of Cream, Rory Gallagher, Santana and Robin Trower, they had the crowd on their feet from the first track!
Next up came The Wise Guys, a more traditional blues outfit with keyboards and sax adding to their authentic sound, evoking visions of smoke-filled bars in Memphis or Chicago.
Then the eclectic mix that is Sinister Footwear, with songs ranging from Ian Dury through the Grateful Dead via ZZ Top to Peter Green, the “Footwear” are nothing if not diverse.
Following them came Lanarkshire’s We’re With McReedy, a rocking outfit playing original material that was recieved warmly by the enthusiastic crowd.
Last but by no means least, the incredible Earl Grey and the Loose Leaves, a young band with old heads on their shoulders, blowing up a storm of self-penned tracks from their eponymous album, rooted in the blues but highly original, harp player Corey Gibson and the rest of the “Leaves” are undoubtedly heading for bigger and better things
As the old saying goes “Watch this space”…So its onwards and upwards for next April, and if the Deerhunter gig was anything to go by it looks like being “a cracker”. Thornhill Blues would like to thank Jackie and Violet (The Deerhunter), all the bands who played, “Blackie” and Nicola for the amazing sound system and everyone who came to listen, thanks all.