Rothesay Academy pulled out all the stops and cranked it up to 11 at the campus at their annual Battle of the Bands competition this week.
The stakes were high, with the knowledge that the winners would go on to play at Tee in the Port next weekend, and five acts took to the stage ready to rock.
First up were Groove Coaster – Emille Dickson, Ross MacKenzie and Fraser Menzies – who are no stranger to the island’s music scene. Playing ‘Living Is A Problem Cause Everything Dies, Dust On The Ground and Disorder, the boys impressed the crowd of friends, family, teachers and staff, and received rapturous applause at the end of their set.
Second on – and a change of pace – was Cameron Gibb on keyboard. Playing Bad Day, Cameron showed his musical skill, while his vocal abilities are well known from school concerts and his singing with Academy Swing; for Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Cameron welcomed on guest pianist Tia Nicolson, and closed his set with The Beatles’ classic Let It Be.
Third onto the stage was Jonnie Super King – Bonnie Caldwell, Jessie Docherty, Emille Dickson and Tia Nicolson – who leapt straight into Acrylic.
Technical difficulties with equipment on stage meant a short break in proceedings, and upon their return, Jonnie Super King made their mark and were given a well-deserved round of applause. It’s not easy to keep going when something goes wrong, but this group were the height of professionalism.
My Winter Curse were fourth to take the stage – Lee Paton, Tyler Paton, Russell Menzies, Stephen Kerr and Daniel Sweet – and did a unique take on Train’s Hey Soul Sister, while the Arctic Monkeys’ I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor was fast-paced and got the audience rocking.
The fifth and final band to make an impression on judges Paul Templeman (who was also doing sound on the night), Rev Ron Rye from Ardbeg Baptist Church and Fay Davidson from Bute FM, was John Candy, made up of Liam Galliard, Jack Power, Scott MacCallum and Cameron Gibb.
First on their set list was Black Sabbath’s Wicked World, which aptly showed their technical abilities and skill, and they ended the competition for the night with By the Way by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
All that remained was for the judges to retire for deliberation, and on their return, MC John McGinnes made the announcement to the excited audience that John Candy would be appearing at Tee in the Port.
Thanks were expressed to all who had been involved in the evening, and indeed, to all the acts who had taken part.
* If you want to hear John Candy for yourself – and you’d be missing yourself if you didn’t – be sure to get tickets for Port Bannatyne Golf Club’s Tee in the Port on June 23 from Isle of Bute Jewellery, Rothesay Music, Rothesay Post Office, Port Bannatyne Post Office, or from any of the golf club’s committee members.