On a very soggy Thursday evening, where most people would stay in to find out ‘who killed Lucy Beale’, Cowes came alive with the sound of a plethora of great local musicians who drew hefty crowds to all venues on a wet February eve!
The Vectis Tavern was filled to the rafters with a music loving crowd who were loving every minute of the combination of Becky Baxter’s smooth acoustic tones, Matt Church’s sweet mix of originals and covers and Chris Quintons open mic session. People were jumping up to the spotlight left, right and centre to join in with the fun.
El Presidente played at the newest venue to join the ever-growing family, The Painters Arms. The Cardinal Richelieu frontman sings his heart out to a wet but happy expanding crowd. The Ale House was alive with the sound of relaxed local music legend Woody, whose eclectic songs kept a smile on everyone’s face.
Three acts graced the warm atmosphere of the Union Inn in the form of Andy Roberts, Nautilius and Red Sqrwl. The 3 acts bring a great dose of Folk, Country and blues to the drinkers favourite pub. Across the road in the Mess Canteen people were enjoying sipping on their ‘Jam Jar’ cocktails and listening to the Acoustic still sessions.
The Anchor had a very rock and roll vibe with the likes of Claydon Connor’s acoustic country folk rock which pulled in the crowds right from the start, willing to dance and sing along to this very talented musician. Up next were an Island favourite in the form of indie Folk Rockers ‘Slombers Woke’ who wowed the crowd with their fun stage show and quirky songs. Following on were Bestival competition winners and Isle of Wight legends BaDow whose are a frenzied trio of blues rock who bring the house down with their expertly crafted songs and massive harmonies, lead vocals come from Drummer Jodie Amos who sings her heart out to a big crowd. You don’t see that every day!
All in all the 1st year anniversary of Rock the Cowes Bars was a great success and keeps on growing with local talent and passionate crowds, a great night all round!
Written by Bobbin Dixon