Gidgegannup, 14 - 16 Oct 2022
Gidgestock Music Festival 14 Oct 2022
Robust sea shanty singing from that fired up the timbers and synchronised the Gidgestock heartbeat set the 2022 festival on due course.
As operations were fired up, The Anchormen hailing from SouthWest Western Australia put in a hearty performance of good cheer as they momentarily dropped their anchor for a 45 minute set that warmed up the air as temperatures dropped.
Event musical director Jim McQuire unleashed the musical spirt with his virtuosity colleagues in the form of harmony trio the JimJam Band.
Keeping The Anchormen on board for the first number, coincidentally a harmony vocal piece, for the rest of the set they sailed though a mix of originals and covers song swapping instruments along the way.
Stage right guitarist took lead vocals for a version of Bruce Springsteens “I’m On Fire” and melted the airwaves like a hot knife through butter. Stage left bassist gets funky when the vibe demands, as does their drummer taking the stool for the more rocky beats.
The party was getting into swinging mode.
Helen Townsend and the Wayward Hearts
WA Country multi award winning Helen Townsend and the Wayward Hearts demonstrated why. A fired Gidgestock embraced this fired up performance with open arms.
Swinging country rock blues warmed up the night with a boot scooting dust up sixty-minute performance.
Dr Soul wrapped up Friday night, dishing out the soul medicine a plenty. Tina Turner like vocals (Gabrielle Riviere) alternating with some Hot Chocolate Marvin like pipes (Michael Naea) kept the heat turned up.
A swinging brass section makes this the real deal for your soul food party. Yeah !!
Gidgestock Music Festival –15 Oct 2022
Ashlea Reale and New York Slim
The Saturday morning opening slot, getting the Happy Campers awake and Saturday early bird arrivals in the mood, is not an easy task.
Ashlea Reale and New York Slim attacked the opportunity with relish, their dark tales of wrecks, smugglers and cut-throats got the music vibrations resonating with flair.
A two piece acoustic duo played with rock star aural is a winning combination that proved their selection was a masterstroke.
The Emerald Trio
The Emerald Trio got the feet tapping with good time Gaelic fiddle, county banjo and folk vocals.
The Wildcards got their Saturday morning festival Groove On. A danceable five-piece pop rock funky blues cover band their enthusiasm resonated in the warming morning air.
Gav Brown Trio
The talented Gave Brown Trio performed as a duo. Sharing their soulful retentions of country rock pop they pulled at the heart strings while getting the feet tapping.
Louis Rebeiro and the Blues Machine
Power rock trio kicked it out, getting down into the rock blues guitar rock of Hendrix, SRV and the BB King to name a few. Youthful talent exploding in the hot arvo light.
As their name suggests Viva Santana are a unit that celebrate the greatness of Carlos Santana through the ages.
Bringing sunny guitar rock vibes on a sunny arvo Gidgestock danced into the afternoon even if only from their chairs.
The funk doctor was in the house and they knocked the funk outta the funk. Dr Cuz laid it down, around, inside and out. By the end of the 45 minute set the funk fans were funked out ….. completely.
Boogie blues Maestro’s Stumptown did a jailbreak to get to the Gidgestock. Playing a breathless forty five minutes set their raw passion was unrestrained as they caught the last train home, escaping before the chain gang caught up with them.
Due to a late pull out by one of the bands The Flares were the surprise package to be appearing on the main stage in a rejigged running order.
A good time party band who pull out all the classics they do the compositions proud with their skills and attitude.
From the Pretenders, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac , Stones and AC/DC they get the sing a longers singing and the dancers dancing.
It’s a long way to the Top!
The Clarksville Five
The Clarksville Five brought the billy to the boil with their interpretation of blues rock done to perfection with a touch of rockabilly thrown in.
A forty-five minute set for this five piece to give it their all and get the swinging in aisles swinging.
Four piece original rockers 46 Brigade moved up a few slots in the rejigged line up brought their anthemic rock to the night skies.
With fires well and truly alight they lit up the soundwaves bringing foot tapping hip swinging rocking compositions to warm up the soul.
Their set was well received with the music aficionado’s descending from upon high to shake up the dance floor dust.
New compositions were aired as well as their following faves. The energy keep a moving along.
One of Perth’s premier cover bands to get any gathering up and dancing is the magnificent Moonlighters.
With a handpicked set of dancing songs to kicking up the dust and work up a sweat to the gathering, on and off stage, partied into the night.
Dr Charlie and the Blues Healers
Dr Charlie and the Blues Healers played the stone cold blues, warming up the night with their passion and skill.
To a dedicated following the air turned blue as they swaggered their through the heat inducing numbers.
Rounding out the days top of bill slot globe trotting Jonny Reid dropped in Gidgestock to lay down his groove.
Swinging acoustic rock, a mix of covers and originals, closed the magnificent day in magnificent fashion.
With the party groovers on the floor and the hillside tribes around the fires it was a killer performance by the acoustic rock king.