It was probably the hottest Rave in many senses. The weather was glorious over the four days, and the bands and DJs were on tip top form throughout.
The established acts like Big Sandy and the Fly Rite Boys, The Bellfuries and the John Lewis Trio always deliver, and the Rave has a way of putting debut acts on, who's performances stick in the mind for weeks after.
One such was Emma and the Ragmen from Scotland, who almost stole the show in the afternoon sessions downstairs. But hey, don't just read this, check out a full review, with pics over at the weekender reviews section of this site http://www.thebettajivereview.com/weekender-reviews.html
Some gig reviews now starting with a trip to Yaxley. With gigs going on around the Rave time, we spread out a bit, the first venue being Just For Kicks in Yaxley. Down from Cromer, Porky’s Hot Rockin, supported by Steady as a Rock Record Hop spinning the sounds. There seemed to be a variety of other events knocking the numbers down, but those who were in, had a top night out.
DJ Joe Chapman played a wide variety of sounds, and the crowd responded by taking to the floor. Interesting that this club run a video screen, silently, with various clips from yesteryear and indeed yesterday (even we made a few appearances), in front of the stage. This screen is removed to reveal the stage and the band, which being Porky, meant a kicking version of ‘Summertime Blues’
There’s always great rapport between Porky and the crowd, swapping banter about previous gigs and songs. The set list was tailored to the club and showed a great deal of versatility, from ‘How Low Do You Feel’ to ‘Suzie Q’ that morphed seamlessly into and outstanding take on ‘Smokestack Lightning’. ‘The Shape I’m In’, ‘Rockabilly Man’, ‘I’ve Got My Sights Set on You’, ‘One Hand Loose’, and Charlie Rich’s ‘Midnight Blues’ . Two classic sets by a band on top form.
Another European band taking to a stage in a different country, singing their own songs, and some covers, in a different language. It takes some spherical fortitude readers, but this guy took it to the max. Vince Mannio cut a dashing figure in his white jacket trimmed with musical annotations on the sleeves and lapels, sporting a well used Fender Telecaster.
The set, as mentioned, is a blend of covers and original stuff. I have to say the likes of ‘Mama Little Chicky’ have to be heard to be fully appreciated. This feel-good jiver was one of the many standouts in the brace of sets. ‘Lovers Stroll’ pretty much speaks for itself, ‘Chains of Love’, ‘Rockin Daddy’, ‘Tennessee Border’ and ‘Matchbox’ all stood alongside the originals. The powerhouse ‘Rawhide’ showcased Vince’s guitar skills alone, while ‘Spinnin’ Around’ simply rocked.
This guy, was a true talent, and the band gelled so well, you’d struggle to believe that they only met up that day. Outstanding band, and once again testament to Roland Purdy’s continuing endeavour to bring the best of Europe to the UK. Good to see a decent headcount on hand too.
Check out the line up for the Village Hall Hop's next Boogie til Midnight event. Cracking venue this one, and a well organised event. You can read about last year's Boogie here, and then book your tix http://www.thebettajivereview.com/reviews-of-public-events-festivals-and-car-shows.html
And finally. With a couple of new features uploaded, look out also for some CD and vinyl reviews in a few days.
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Cheers 'til next time