Music through the generations at Gowerton’s Starch Festival

Music through the generations at Gowerton’s Starch Festival

IT may have been raining throughout most of the day on Saturday (Aug 18) but it mattered not when you had a giant marquee filled with musicians ready to entertain the hundreds of people who’d turned up for the music festival at Gowerton Rugby and Cricket Club.

The event was organised by Spider Music of Gorseinon to help raise funds for the pavilion.

The crowds were entertained by a wide range of musical genres and by musicians of all ages.

The first acts to open the festival were bands from the Swansea School of Rock. Young talented boys and girls, dressed in bright and colourful clothing rocked the stage covering music from artists such as AC/DC, Green Day and Blur.

Next up were the Bus Pass Cowboys who put on a solid 20-minute performance.

The next group filled out the whole stage with 20 members of the Swansea Ukulele Club, however not to be fooled by the name, instruments also included guitars, harmonica and a viola.

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The band opened their set with an attention grabbing ‘Rock round the Clock’ followed by a hip shaking ‘Sea Cruise’. ‘Hello Mary Lou’ and ‘Lets Work Together’ mixed well whilst Chuck Berry’s ‘Never Can Tell’ built a strong steady rhythm. A lessee known but catchy tune ‘Wagon Wheel’ followed and the ‘Oldies Goldie’s’ set was finished with the unofficial Welsh national anthem, ‘Delilah’.

An ideal venue on a rainy day: Large marquee

Next on the stage was ‘I Digress’, an alternative rock band who played bar two cover songs.

As the evening went on and night fell, the chandeliers in the marquee began to sparkle just as The Bob Porter Band and Trojan took to the centre spot.

The final and main act of the festival were the Eagles Tribute Band ‘The Long Road’. From grabbing the crowd’s attention with ‘Take it Easy’ to the legendary closing guitar solo on ‘Hotel Carlifornia’, the band certainly turned on the style to finish off a successful day of quality live music.

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