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Last Week Dex went to see Steve 'n' Seagulls in Manchester

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Wed 06 Oct 2021

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Last Week Dex went to see Steve 'n' Seagulls in Manchester

Venue : The Gorilla Manchester 

I arrived at The Gorilla very early, well, early for the gig, but I had the fortune to talk with Steve 'N' Seagulls before the gig, you can find excerpts from this chat throughout this review along with YouTube embedded videos for the songs that are mentioned. 

Steve ‘n’ Seagulls are a Finnish band that plays American bluegrass “leftings” of Classic Rock tracks.  I have spoken to many people over the last year since I discovered the band, some have (at least before hearing the music) declared the music disrespectful but on hearing the music that opinion has changed for the most part.  I hope you will, if you don't know the music already, give it a chance, and hopefully, enjoy the music as much as I do. 

Whilst it is true that the first three albums were entirely covers, the newest album, Another Miracle contains 6 original tracks, and to me at least, they are the highlight of the album.

The Lion Tamer tour is in support of the Another Miracle album, so expectedly there were many tracks from the album along with many of the classic tracks from the other albums. 

To steal and tweak a line from 1976, when a Seattle based concert reviewer was talking about a Rick Wakeman concert … The show opened with a pastiche of two classic Metallica tracks, Master of Puppets and Nothing Else Matters, this was as full of the energy you would expect from either version of these classic Metallica tracks.

Classic tracks from AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica, The Foo Fighters and Kansas brought the crowd in The Gorilla to full voice singing along. 

You will forgive me, of course dear reader, if I don't reel off the entire set list, track by track, but I was too busy enjoying myself :) … however other than the opening track which I have already mentioned, the highlights for me, were Sweet Maria (Original), Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas), Gimme All Your Lovin’ (ZZ Top), Thunderstruck (AC/DC) and of course the “English Accordion Music” which turned out to be classic British Rock Classics from Iron Maiden: Aces High, Run To The Hills and The Trooper.

On stage, the band were attired in their traditional farmer style, with the four frontline members of the band, regularly changing instrument :

REMMEL : Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Balalaika, Mandolin, Anvil

JAMPPA : Double Bass, Violin, vocals

HILTUNEN : Accordion, Kantele, Mandolin, Keyboards, Flute

HERMAN : Banjo, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

With :

SKUBU : Drums, Spoons, Vocals

If you get the chance to see Steve 'N' Seagulls on their next tour when they come to your area I strongly recommend you go.  You'll hear tracks you know and love and whatever the ticket price, you'll leave having had a great evening out!

In short, Steve ‘n’ Seagulls delivered precisely what the albums promised. A high tempo set of rock and roll classics with a number of originals that show their originality in execution and obvious and deep love and respect for the original material.

My only complaint about the whole event, and it has nothing to do with the band, was at the end of the concert, which was of course far too early for the audience liking, but was about 90 minutes after the start (we fans always want more) was the way the venue handled the end, sadly during the day another event had been booked for later in the evening so fans weren’t able to spend time purchasing merchandise or talking to the band afterward and were literally hurded out of the doors within 10 minutes of the last note played.  

As ever, I'll catch you on the flip side and keep putting that needle on the records, (carefully) and we'll see you on air!

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