Christian Kane, - The Life Of Riley, - Jenn Bostic, - Stewart Mac/Dean Roberts, - Gary Quinn, - Matt

A star studded line up tonight, raising funds for cancer research, under the banner “One More Shot”. This was a little taster for the yearly 3 day event held a few days later in Birmingham.

Opening the evening, direct from Portland, Oregon, was Matt Lande, who describes himself as an alternative artist with quite a diverse underground following due to his experimental music nature! With just an acoustic guitar, there wasn’t much experimentation on show tonight. In his two song set however, there were indications of his heavy rock based style and powerful vocal performance, and some serious guitar work on the second song. An excellent start to the evening.

After a very short break, Gary Quinn returning to London for the second time in recent weeks took to the stage to play a short three song set. Beginning with the familiar fan favourite “Body Language” then the Steve Warriner collaboration “Warm Dark Of Night” and ending with “Love To Watch You Leave”. Gary was, as usual, note perfect. An attentive crowd duly showed their appreciation for one of the UK’s country music top artists.

Next up was Stewart Mac and Dean Roberts. With a four song set, Stewart and Dean gel perfectly together, having honed their harmonies over many years together. Opening with “Catch You (When You Fall)” to “Lost In A Moment”, When We Were Young” and ending with “Radio”. They rocked the audience with the catchy sing-a-long chorus’s, and bounding energy levels. The chemistry between them is infectious. You can catch them on tour later on in the year.

Next up after another quick change, and a keyboard positioned centre stage, was Jenn Bostic. She has become a regular visitor and a firm favourite here in the UK, following her UK debut opening for Christian Kane (at the Garage) a few years ago. With her superb mix of Blues/Country/Soul and Gospel, she opened with “What Love Feels Like”, then, complete with audience participation, “Hollywood” and probably her best known song, (and most often covered by other artists), “Jealous Of The Angels” and closed with her current single “Revival” from her album of the same name. Jenn’s style lends itself equally to solo performances or full band, as it’s her voice that commands attention. The new album is certainly a ‘must buy’.