Joe Topping and Scott Poley thrill Craigmore audience

Joe Topping and Scott Poley in action at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, October 10. (Photo courtesy of John Williams)
Joe Topping and Scott Poley in action at Craigmore Bowling Club on Saturday, October 10. (Photo courtesy of John Williams)

Once again the audience at last Saturday’s Transclyde Music concert at the Craigmore Bowling Club went away completely satisfied.

The evening kicked off with a session by local artist Danny Sweet who knocked everyone out with his prowess on the guitar and strong vocals.

His final number. A cover of a George Ezra song had the audience clapping along in time and wanting for more. He’ll be back for our Christmas gig.

Joe Topping has honed his skills on slide guitar to a fine art form. His walk from Chicago to New Orleans via Louisiana, Kentucky, Nashville, and Memphis gave him inspiration for many of his songs which include influences from different genres, Bluegrass, Country, Americana, Folk and Jazz which were all carefully crafted into his playing. Using acoustic, electric and Nashville steel guitars there was never a dull moment.

Joe was ably accompanied by one of the best pedal steel guitarists in the UK, Scott Poley who harmonised on vocals as well as providing some stunning musical backing. Scott is a much sort after session musician who had spent the previous two days recording with another band in Glasgow and then was off to another session on the first boat out of Rothesay on Sunday.

Even though the stage and PA had been put in place before their arrival, there was an amazing amount of gear brought in by Joe and Scott. The pedal steel guitar was the size of a large electric piano. Add to this two more amps, four guitars and pedal boxes – the stage was full to bursting.

The next Transclyde Music gig is Alan Reid and Rob Van Sante at the Shinty Club on Saturday, November 14. Alan Reid was with the Battlefield Band for many years so most of their repertoire is Scottish folk orientated. Alan and Rob have toured the world and will have just returned from the States when they visit Bute.