The Andi and George Band (The Holy Grail, Sat 15 Nov 2008)

by Zeke

The Andi and George Band’s recent gig at The Holy Grail was a fundraiser for their bus, and featured the full, thirteen-member line-up appearing locally for the first time in some months.

Andi and George Band

The evening opened with a belly dancer who wriggled, writhed, and generally entertained a healthy, and slightly bemused, crowd. The sound of drums and assorted percussion announced the arrival of a conga line, led by George, which made its way from Bunda Street into the venue itself. It quickly gained energy and enthusiasm as it snaked its way through the crowd, before ascending the stage and reassembling as the Andi and George Band.

Andi and George Band
They quickly established some powerful reggae grooves, and put on a great show. It wasn’t always particularly tight, but their enthusiasm was genuine, and genuinely infectious. The dance floor was full and full of fun, and I’m certain their bus would have been very proud. Ironically, a number of songs started the way vehicles do when they’re push-started, and finished the way they do when they run out of petrol. But in between they cruised beautifully.

Andi and George Band
Perhaps the oddest moment was a very impromptu version of Ring of Fire, which only George and a couple of backing singers seemed to know –however, the other ten members soon steered the band back into more familiar territory. After two long and highly enjoyable sets they finally ran out of songs they did and didn’t know and reluctantly left the stage. They are a great act – catch them when you can.

Andi and George Band

Andi and George Band

Andi and George Band

Andi and George Band

Andi and George Band

Last two pics by Beth Tully

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