STEELHOUSE FESTIVAL - Ebbw Vale - Saturday Day Two 28.07.18

CHARLEY FARLEY
(PHOTO CREDITS: MORAG FARLEY PHOTOGRAPHY)

 

Despite the horrendous over night weather that had laid waste to a number of tents and awnings through the camping fields, the festival opened its gates for the second day at the appointed time.

 

First on the bill were Cannock based three piece outfit, The Bad Flowers.  Tom, Dale and Karl wake up everyone with a full on sonic assault of tracks from their album ‘Starting Gun’. These guys only know how to give everything they have, blasting through their set with the massive tracks ‘Thunder Child’ and ‘Lions Blood’ and treating us to a new track ‘Can’t Find a Soul’. ‘Hurricane’ made me laugh with the lyrics “with your howling wind and rain” which was ironic after the overnight conditions on the mountain. The Bad Flowers are a band that suit this size of stage and it won’t be long before they are regulars at major festivals.

 

The Bad Flowers are:

Tom Leighton - Guitar/Vocals

Dale Tonks - Bass/Vocals

Karl Selickis - Drums

 

http://www.thebadflowers.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/thebadflowersband

http://twitter.com/thebadflowers

 

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Aaron Buchanan and The Cult Classics were next to take to the stage as the heavens opened again. Mixing up the set with a couple of Heaven’s Basement tracks as well as their own tracks, the band made the crowd forget about the weather for a while. The band always bring the party vibe, Aaron is someone that you can’t afford to take your eyes off as he entertains constantly.

 

As the set progressed thunder approached and understandably the stage manager pulled the set early on safety grounds. I personally can’t wait to catch The Cult Classics again, without the weather getting in the way.

 

The Cult Classics are:

Aaron Buchanan - Vocals

Laurie Buchanan         - Guitar

Tom McCathy - Guitar

Mart Trail - Bass

Paul White      - Drums

 

http://www.wearecultclassics.net/

https://www.facebook.com/thecultclassics/

https://twitter.com/aaron_buchanan 

 

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After the crew had managed to reset everything after the storm, they were only running 3 minutes behind when Myke Gray and the rest of his band began their set. The former Skin and Red White and Blues guitarist took no time at all to display his skill on the guitar, mesmerising the rain soaked crowd with his technique.

 

The set containing songs from across Myke’s career including his solo album ‘Shades of Gray’. Phil Conalane is a great vocalist, and a brave man as, for the Welsh faithful crowd, only one man can sing ‘House of Love’. Myke Gray was a new band to me, and for anyone that wants guitar led rock I urge you to check him out.

 

Myke Gray - Guitar

Phil Conalane - Vocals

Adam Wardle - Guitar

Wayne Banks - Bass

Matthew Blakout - Drums

 

http://www.mykegray.rocks/

https://www.facebook.com/MykeGrayMusician/

http://www.twitter.com/MykeGrayMusic

 

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After the cancellation of last years appearance at Steelhouse due to health issues, Alan Nimmo made good his promise and returned to the mountain with the amazing King King. Before they hit the stage Planet Rock presenters, and weekend comperes, Darren Redick and Ian Danter, walked on with bass guitar and drumsticks in hand respectively, jokingly ‘just in case’.

 

With King King’s usual power and charm Alan and the band entertained the wet crowd with a range of songs from across their back catalogue. ‘You Stopped The Rain’ was an ironic moment as the heavens opened again. King King have a charm that oozes from the stage, ‘Rush Hour’ is always a crowd pleaser and ‘(She Don’t) Give Me No Loving’ gets the ‘damp’ crowd singing and dancing. It was obvious from the crowd reaction, and also the look on the bands faces, everyone was glad that King King made it back to the mountain.

 

King King are:

Alan Nimmo - Vocals/Guitar

Lindsay Coulson - Bass

Wayne Proctor - Drums

Jonny Dyke - Keyboards

 

https://www.kingking.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/kingkingalannimmo/ https://www.twitter.com/KingKingUK

 

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Dan Reed Network are a band that I’ve alway managed to miss but have heard great things about, and it only took one track to see why. Dan Reed himself is an incredibly charismatic man and amazing vocalist, combine this with the unbelievably talented musicians in the band they became one of the crowds favourite acts of the weekend.

 

Playing tracks from their 30 plus year career they continued the party spirt of the day with their funk infused rock, raising it up a level with tracks ‘Under My Skin’ and the beautiful ‘Rainbow Child’, and as this track finished, a brief rainbow appeared above a hill top in the opposite valley. I will definitely be catching The Dan Reed Network when they return for a UK tour in the autumn.

 

Dan Reed Network are

Dan Reed - Vocals

Dan Pred - Drums

Rob Daiker - Keyboards

Brion James - Guitars

Melvin Brannon Jr - Bass

 

http://danreed-network.com/

https://www.facebook.com/DanReedNetwork

 

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Next up was the first of the co-headliners of the day, Myles Kennedy, who took to the stage to massive cheers and applause. With what was billed as one of only a couple of full electric sets he took no time to cast a spell over his faithful fans, opening with tracks from his debut solo album ‘Year of The Tiger’. Combining this with his incredible back catalogue of tracks from Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators and Alter Bridge, and even a semi acoustic cover of Iron Maiden’s ‘The Trooper’ which Myles dedicated to the Troopers who braved the weekends weather.

 

I had mixed feelings about the set, musically Myles & Co were fantastic, loved by the Myles fans but the change of pace lost the momentum that had been built throughout the day and took away a little of the party spirit.

 

https://myleskennedy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/OfficialMylesKennedy/

https://twitter.com/MylesKennedy

 

 

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As darkness fell the second co-headliner prepared to take the stage. Glenn Hughes playing a full classic Deep Purple set for the first time in the UK in over 40 yrs. Hughes took to the stage to massive cheers and his big beaming smile spoke volumes, he was happy to be here.

 

Opening up with ‘Stormbringer’ an almost prophetic choice for the night ahead of us up the mountain, Hughes and his band ploughed through the weather and the classic Deep Purple numbers. The only down side were the extended keyboard, drum and guitar solos that stunted the flow of the set. The crowd sang back the lyrics and Hughes appeared genuinely touched by the response.

 

The highlight of the set was when Myles Kennedy joined Hughes onstage for ‘Highway Star’ and the crowd totally lost the plot, one of those “I was there” moments for the history books. Finishing off with ‘Burn’ proving that Hughes still has an amazing voice and the upcoming tour is one that can’t be missed if you’re a Deep Purple fan.

 

http://www.glennhughes.com/

http://www.facebook.com/glennhughesonline

http://twitter.com/glenn_hughes

 

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