Rock N Roll Circus Xmas Charity Bash IV - The Dolls House, Abertillery 09.12.17

CHARLEY FARLEY

(PHOTO CREDITS: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Following a night of snow across the country we made our way into the Welsh Valleys to attend the 2nd day of the fourth year of this fundraising weekend in aid of the Stepping Stones Appeal at Velindre Cancer Centre. The previous day had been well attended and the buzz on social media was that it was a great success even with the appearance of the snow.

 

We had time to catch up briefly with Paul and Ceri, the organisers of the event who told us that due to the weather that three bands had pulled out. These were The King Lot, Thirteen Stars and Whiskey Lies. With safety being paramount this was understood and it meant that the remaining bands had longer sets.

 

First up on the bill were Newport based, metalcore outfit Black Water Chemistry, who we’ve seen before, Having made it to the finals of HRH ‘Highway to Hell’ and also completing a UK tour it’s easy to see that these guys are growing with confidence. Playing tracks from their EP ‘A Thousand Tides’ and some newer material, Black Water Chemistry warmed up the crowd that had made the effort to come out early.

 

Black Water Chemistry are:

Matt - Lead Vocals

Chris - Lead Guitar/Vocals

Murph - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals

Gizz - Bass/Vocals

Dan - Drums

 

Check them out at:

Website            https://blackwaterchemistry.bandcamp.com/

Facebook         https://www.facebook.com/BlackWaterChemistry/

 

Next up were Bristol based, Kikamora who describe themselves as ‘Hard Rock with a boozy, bluesy swagger’ and from the very start that’s what you get. Playing tracks from their EP ‘In The Henhouse’ and some forthcoming tracks from their next release they raised the tempo of the day, even throwing a Motörhead cover in for good measure due to increased stage time. It’s easy to see why these guys had been asked to play Hard Rock Hell in November.

 

Kikamora are:

Wild Kite - Vocals

Jimi Bessant - Lead Guitar

Daniel Marshall - Rhythm Guitar

Rob Ives - Bass

Andy Page -Drums

                       

Check them out at:

 

Website            https://kikamoraband.com/

Facebook         https://www.facebook.com/Kikamoraband

Twitter              https://twitter.com/kikamoraband

 

After a brief break, Fahran from the Midlands took to the stage. Their brand of heavy rock combined with soaring vocals raised the temperature on this chilly night. Playing a mix of tracks from their 2 albums the versatility of this band was demonstrated throughout their set. This was the first time that we’d seen these guys play and it won’t be the last. They have just been announced to play at Amplified Festival in the summer - 2018 looks like it could be a busy year for Fahran.

 

Fahran are:

 

Matt - Vocals

Jake - Guitar

JR - Drums

Josh- Bass

Chris - Guitar

 

Check them out at:

 

Website            https://www.fahran.com/

Facebook         https://www.facebook.com/Fahranmusic/

Twitter              https://twitter.com/fahranmusic

 

Hell’s Addiction, from Leicester were the next band to grace the stage. We’ve seen these guys before and Ben (vocals) looked a little uncomfortable on the cramped stage as he’s a frontman that doesn’t stand still.  Branding themselves as ‘A bastard child of an illicit three way between Skid Row, early Guns N’Roses & AC/DC’ there is no lack of attitude on stage. From the first track they had the Abertillery crowd’s attention with their in your face rock. Ben announced that they had to postpone the previous nights’ show due to the weather; we were the lucky ones as they made it to the Doll’s House and put on a hell of a set. With their extra stage time they paid tribute to the late Malcolm Young with a cover of ‘Hells Bells’ that had everyone singing along.

 

Hell’s Addiction are:

 

Ben Sargent - Vocals

Liam Sargent - Guitar

Dan Weir - Guitar

Jason Green - Bass

Luke Morley - Drums

 

Check them out at:

 

Website            http://hellsaddiction.com/

Facebook         https://www.facebook.com/HellsAddiction

Twitter              https://twitter.com/hells_addiction

 

During the brief break the charity raffle was drawn, with prizes donated by not only the bands playing on the bill tonight, but also from appearances throughout the year.

 

The penultimate band of the night were Crashed Out, a Newcastle based ‘Street Rock n Roll’ band with a punk feel. They brought their high energy set to the South Wales valleys, an entertaining performance of their brand of rock. With hints of the Sex Pistols and the Clash in their original material and ending with a cover of Motörhead’s ‘Ace of Spades’ these guys looked as if they had loved their time on stage and thanked the crowd for their support and applause.

 

Crashed Out are:

Chris Wright - Vocals

Lee Wright - Guitar/Vocals

Geordie Brown - Bass

Jonnie Hailing - Drums

 

Another brief break where a charity auction was held, the items on offer were signed guitars from the likes of Gun, FM, Quireboys, Massive Wagons and tonight’s headliners Trucker Diablo.

 

As the headliners Trucker Diablo took to the stage the excitement level went up a notch, these Northern Irish lads had travelled over the day before to play an acoustic set in someone’s lounge as part of their pledge campaign for ‘Fighting for Everything’. Having to deal with a few equipment issues, they hit the stage running, One hundred mile an hour rock. The crowd were smiling, singing, head banging, dancing - the lot. Trucker Diablo love to party and they are taking everyone along for the ride. With Adam Parkin (Guitar) from Gasoline Outlaws standing in for Simon Haddock on this short tour, these guys are a tight outfit, playing a mix of tracks from their growing back catalogue. Throwing in a cover of ‘Rosalie’ and their Christmas track ‘We’re Gonna Rock This Christmas’ this really was a Rock’n’Roll Christmas Party. This Big Truck Keeps on Rolling.

 

Trucker Diablo are:

Tom Harte - Guitar/Vocals

Adam Parkin - Guitar/Vocals (Normally Simon Haddock)

Jim McGurk - Bass/Vocals

Terry Crawford - Drums

 

Check them out at:

 

Website            http://bigtruckkeepsonrolling.com/

Facebook         https://en-gb.facebook.com/TRUCKERDIABLO/

Twitter              https://twitter.com/truckerdiablo?lang=en

 

 

At the close of the night Paul and Ceri announced the date of the Xmas Charity Bash V. The bands announced so far are:

 

Friday 7th December 2018 CHARITY XMAS BASH

KNOCK OFF

Bad Sam

Terminal Rage

Deathtraps
ILL FATE


BAND'S CONFIRMED FOR THE SATURDAY SO FAR
SKAM
Wicked Stone
Falling Red
Ryders Creed
AT THE SUN
More bands to be confirmed.

 

The event this year raised an amazing £1,100 for Stepping Stones Appeal at Velindre Cancer Centre. Ceri and Paul send their thanks to the bands and everyone that attended the event.

 

Overall, a great day of music, friendship and of course, the fact that a large amount of money goes to a worthy cause.

 

For more information on the 2018 event https://www.facebook.com/therocknrollcircusevents/posts/824887374339265

 

 

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