Full of turkey dinners and Christmas pud, the audience was filled to bursting with high spirits (mostly whiskey and brandy!) and ready for an afternoon of Boneshakin' Rock and Blues. And they got it. Oh yes they did!
Making a truly festive start to the first set, Russ Hird (lead guitar and vocals) set the stage alight with an Elvis Christmas rock number, 'Santa Claus is Back in Town', dressed in a Santa hat, black-as-silent-night sunglasses, a glittering gold tinsel garland and a scarlet shirt. Swaying in typical Elvis fashion, he roared and riffed his way through a medley of Christmas songs.
And the Boneshakers gig a lot, being so very much in demand at the North East's pubs, clubs and festivals.
There were many, many musicians in the audience too. And in typical Boneshakers' style of camerarderie, they invited Ron Seymour (guitarist and vocalist) of Lounge Lizards fame and Terry Armstrong (blues harp) up onto the stage. Ronnie and Russ left the stage, leaving Dave Hildreth (bass guitar) and Gordon Smiles (Drums) to command the rhythm section during a great blues number, 'Need Your Love So Bad'. It just shows you that Dave and Gordon have the outstanding versatility to play and jam with just about any musician out there. Great stuff, you two!! And great stuff Ron and Terry. What a treat.
Steve Brown (blues harp and avid Boneshakers' fan) was also in the audience on this Christmastime occasion. He joined the band to go head to head with the amazing Ronnie Semple (Boneshakers' founder, leader and blues harp player) in a brilliant rendition of 'Help Me.' He also took the stage with the Boneshakers to join in with the inimitable style of the Boneshakers in their take on 'Hip Shake' - now a Boneshaker fans' firm favourite.
|The Boneshakers First Ever Gig at the Tyne Bar, Boxing Day 2010|
It brings to mind the band's first ever gig, last Boxing Day at the Tyne Bar, when the Boneshakers were a newborn blues and rock band. Nowadays, Fred Plater, the owner of the Tyne Bar, advertises the Boneshakers' as a showband. And they deserve that accolade.
Happy New 2012, Boneshakers. You've come a long way in 2011. I wonder what this author/blogger will have to say about this superb band this time NEXT year! It's a mind-blowing thought!
Boneshakers' Boxing Day Shindig You-Tube Links:
Jump Jive an' Wail – http://youtu.be/aeTL7aYCqOY
Rock around the Clock - http://youtu.be/4ZiXzlQgpd4
Santa Claus is Back in 'Toon'- http://youtu.be/ttaoPLCcsf4
How Blue Can You Get? - http://youtu.be/m15IQ4QQqto