Out with the book club – to see Garry Tallent and Kevin Montgomery

It’s been such a busy week, it hardly seems two minutes since we went to see Kevin Montgomery and Garry Tallent at the brilliant Bristol venue, The Tunnels – so called because it is in a pair of tunnels -well, actually railway archways, under Temple Meads Station. Temple Meads was opened on 31 August 1840; it was then the western terminus of the Great Western Railway from Paddington Station in London; the railway and station were both designed Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

I’ve strayed away from the gig which was last Saturday; Garry Tallent, in case you don’t know is one of the founder members of Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band. Garry is the bass player in the band, and also plays the tuba… in the E-Street Band? I’m sure not many people know that – well maybe the band’s fans do! To be honest, I like a few of Springsteen’s well-known songs, but I’m not really a fan. However, I am a big fan of Kevin Montgomery who organised Garry’s tour and provided the support.

My husband was keen to go and see Garry, and when I asked my book-club, two of them plus a husband came too, so we had a really nice evening together! I really didn’t know what to expect from Garry, although Kevin is usually the main act when I go to his gigs and  I was keen to see him. I was very excited when he came onstage, with Sean Snook – a really fantastic guitarist, Etienne Gerard on bass, and the legendary Johnny McKinnon on keyboard! If you have never been to a Kevin gig, you really have to go next time he is in  your area… he is a great raconteur, very funny, very interesting and has a great heritage – his dad, Bob Montgomery was Buddy Holly’s early partner and wrote many songs with him. Kevin has some great stories – and some great songs.

After an interval, Garry and his band came; he was supported by Eddie Angel, who I confess I have never heard of, but is an amazing guitar player, a very handsome man, and with a really pleasant, modest manner, Jimmy Lester on drums, someone on fiddle (sorry, I missed his name) and Kristi Rose adding vocals and a dramatic performance! I enjoyed it, enjoyed Garry’s stories, but to be honest, really it wasn’t quite my sort of music! However I stayed near the stage and grooved, and had a splendid night – out at a gig, and with my friends! what could be better!



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