The 2005 Festival is:
Ken Mitchell and Paddy Kirkman
Rapt attention from at least one in the audience
Soundman Andy (right - just) checks the weather
More of the audience
WELCOME TO THE BLACK'S FIREPLACES BANDSTAND PAGE
Located in Laxey Electric Railway Station the free and, usally, open air
Electric Stage, will this year be in the Charterhouse International Blues
Pavilion. So no worries about the weather this time and a really great line-up
of local and special guests all afternoon from 1.00pm through to 6.00pm
SATURDAY MAY 17 2003
As rain threatened again, things in the Charterhouse Pavilion were entirely
(pictured right), as usual, set up the
Peter Norris Music
Display and there
were some rather nice exhibits this year including a very interesting 1970
Gibson J45 which caught a few guitar players' attention including
got into it at Midday in front of a small crowd which almost immediately began
to grow and by the end of an hour most tables were full.
Those Dangerous Gentlemen
arrived in time but without a bass player who was playing somewhere else in
some other band. Such is life. Local musician and music retailer,
a fine guitarist and brass man, offered to step in. Liebezeit leant him a bass
and the Dangerous Gents swung into action. A great set too with Ken's bass
amazingly sure footed and
harmonica sounding particularly sweet in the Marquee.
As they made way for the
next band it was raining hard outside, but the Blues Pavilion was filling fast.
The Bar Toads (picture right)
, featuring the
Buttimore Brothers, Roger Leece
on drums and
on Sax hit the stage at 2.30pm and their unique brand of jazz, R'n B, rap and
all, set the tent flaps a'flappin' for an hour.
took over sound engineering duties whilst
was on stage both in the Pavilion and afterwards when the Bartoads gave the
Queens Blues Marquee their "Frank Zappa" set.
, were up next.
seemed unusually relaxed before the gig (click picture left) but on Saturday
afternoon the whole band were firing on all six of their cylinders and we were
treated to a solid hour of
12 bar quality. Late in the set they were joined by
on vocal. by which time the afternoon, sponsored by
Black's Fireplaces of Laxey
was hot and the Blues Pavilion was packed (Pic. upper left). Outside it
continued to rain...
Closing the afternoon action
hit the stage, guitar blazing.
amp-on-10 tributes to SRV and Jimmi Hendrix had the air guitar players
transfixed with delight and most of the rest of us too. The Black's Fireplaces
Bandstand afternoon closed at 6.00pm and the Charterhouse International Blues
Pavilion began to prepare for the evening session.....
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