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Another little gem of a free entry gig arranged by the applaudable Bonanza
Promotions - Presenting 'Countrier Than Thou' (Don't be so!)
I’ve been to the Lock Tavern a couple of times before, but never realized the potential of the upstairs bar. There is a modest stage area (Think Green Note) and a nice little balcony section too (tonight there was a wedding party taking up the later). The venue also has the rarest of things on the gigging scene at the moment, in a “Ready Made Crowd!”.
The night was a little slow to get going and we’d already had 3 pints before Trent Miller & The Skeleton Jive took the stage. They were a simple act, 3 acoustic guitars and 3 vocals (I think 2 would have been adequate). But they had some catchy tunes and a really nice wonky country feel to their songs. A nice little opener if nothing more!
After a short break the unlikely figure of Honkeyfinger took the stage.
Donned in Trucker baseball cap and a beard to rival Gandalph, he proceeded
to get just the right amount of full on distortion through his amp, slapped
his guitar on his lap and tested his bass drum and hi-hat.Then began
the one man torrent that is a Honkeyfinger show.
I don’t feel like I’m selling this very well, but believe me it was awesome. I took a friend along who I didn’t expect would really “get it” but by the end of the show he was raving about it more than me.
Songs and title weren’t important, it was the energy that kept everyone transfixed to the one man band. I’m definitely going to investigate further into his recorded stuff though.
All in all a top little show! As I have come to expect from the Bonanza Boys.
Our Decemeber 2006 interview with Honkeyfinger here