David Lydiard & Naomi Jeremiah
(Photo Credits: Naomi Jeremiah
With so many great bands on the line up and so many clashes it’s impossible to see the incredible line up presented by Ramblin’ Man Fair in its entirety. That said, these are our Sunday Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017 highlights.
Playing the Rising Stage in 2016, Stone Broken found themselves opening up the Main Stage this year and they did not disappoint. Not fazed one bit about playing on the biggest stage of their career to date, they absolutely delivered to an excitable crowd. With slots supporting Glenn Hughes and Cheap Trick and an upcoming tour with Living Colour, Stone Broken are going from strength to strength with their brand of hard rock. You can always count on this fantastic band to put on an entertaining show. Hopefully we’ll see them back again next year. It should also be noted that upon entering the festival, the amount of people wearing Stone Broken shirts was insane! Definitely a fan favourite.
Despite having Stone Broken playing at the same time, KilliT brought a sizeable crowd to the Rising Stage and delivered a loud, hard rocking set to those that came to see them. Niro is every inch the rock star, oozing confidence and swagger and backs it up with ferocious guitar playing. Vocalist Gaz was on top form, showcasing his versatile and dynamic vocal range and the band seemed to feed off of the energy of the audience which resulted in a pulsating set. A couple of people were overheard saying that KilliT were the highlight of the weekend for them. Top praise indeed.
Bringing a touch of the 70s to the Main Stage, Blues Pills’ mixture of blues, soul and psychedelic rock went down extremely well with the Ramblin’ Man crowd. Vocalist Elin Larsson was in inspired form, putting on a mighty, powerhouse performance as she danced and jumped her way around the stage, never missing a step. The band themselves have an engrossing rhythm and is packed with superb musicianship, all the while providing the bed for which Larsson’s vocals can rest upon. Fantastic vintage rock with a soulful vocal belting out the notes and wailing like Joplin!
Monster Truck are a band that knows their sound, and it is a sound that is very much adored by the quite evident fan base that were in attendance. Everyone was singing along to every song and you could see the band revelling in the adulation that they were receiving. This was especially true in guitarist Jeremy Widerman’s case as he danced, kicked, and spun his way back and forth across the stage, delivering face melting riffs and bone splintering solos with a huge smile on his face. With a new album coming early next year, here’s hoping Monster Truck come back very soon to delight us with some good ol’ Canadian stadium rock once more.
Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown
A future guitar hero in the making, Tyler Bryant has been making waves lately. The Shakedown are a tight band but not rigid, there is a fluidity with which they play and a versatility which allows for some really exciting moments. Part blues, part grunge, part rock and roll, the band have a knack of keeping the audience engaged and excited throughout. Bryant himself, as mentioned, is a future guitar hero and he has many occasions to showcase his supreme gift, but never once does it come across as showboating or preening. Each solo section serves the needs of the song. Having recently supported Guns N Roses, the future is looking bright for Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown.
Devin Townsend Project
Headlining the Prog in the Park stage because Kansas pulled out, DTP rolled into Ramblin’ Man proclaiming to “f*** prog in the c***” and blasted through an incredible set of high energy, high intensity metal. Devin interacted with the crowd at every opportunity he could in a comical and entertaining fashion before, during and after the majority of the songs. The riffy “Hyperdrive” was a crowd highlight as it grooved along with its simplistic beat and cool riff and the crowd went crazy for ‘Kingdom’. The power and precision that goes into these songs is immense and anyone familiar with DT’s discography will know how versatile and talented this man is with several strings to his bow. The minimal backdrop and simplistic approach to the staging made this feel like a more intimate show, which meant more focus on the music itself. Devin is an extremely likeable man and his self depreciating humour warms the audience to him straight away. Undoubtedly one of the best acts over the entire weekend and one of the best sets witnessed this year!
Overall, the weekend of Ramblin’ Man Fair 2017 has been quite a success. Showcasing lots of new musical talent as well as celebrating the established acts, there was certainly plenty to enjoy.
So who were the standout acts for you?
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