So, the first day of the three day Frodsham Festival came along yesterday and it didn’t disappoint. Traffic stopped me getting there for the first act, however I was on time to catch the wonderful Cabezudos, the amazing Fireflys and the ‘we still know how to work a crowd ‘ Icicle Works.
Cabezudos performed superbly once again, with their usual, all out performance. A 30 minute set that came and went all too quickly but gained the admiration of the growing crowd. Definitely a band to catch and one who’s star is certainly on the rise.
The Fireflys followed, with their melodic style and blistering guitar solos, courtesy of lead singer Lee. Another 30 minutes performance that seemed only 5 minutes long. Finishing with their superb “ Branches “ the audience seemed well and truly pleased and thoroughly warmed up for the main event.
The Fireflys are a UK-Americana/Alternative band from Runcorn, North-West England.
Based on the songwriting of Singer/Guitarist Lee Wylding, the bands line up is completed by Piano player Chris Tann and Drummer Andie Packer. Marking the beginning of a new generation of UK Americana/alternative guitar bands to feature a female rhythm section, The Fireflys are indebted sonically to the likes of Neil Young and Tom Petty, to more recently R.E.M. and City & Colour.
Fireworks Magazine has labelled them “The UK’s answer to Counting Crows”, whilst Mike Peters of The Alarm recently said on live TV that the band “are a good mix of REM and The Gin Blossoms”. After the cult success of “Embers Of The Autumn”, The Fireflys 4th LP “The Illumination Of Everything” is due for release in April 2016 and will be distributed through Townsend Stores (The Who, Noel Gallagher) on the Canadia Records label.
Three singles have already been lifted from the album “Release/Repeat, Branches & Illumination”, and have enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio, Old Trafford Stadium, MUTV, Bay TV Liverpool and many other various stations, with each single peaking at #1 on the Amazon charts and top 10 on the iTunes Country & Alternative charts respectively.
The Icicle Works are a Liverpool band who I have never had the fortune to catch before tonight. They played a massive set, about 2 hours, with dozens of songs. The crowd sang along and danced into the fading sunlight. Frontman Ian McNabb, had an easy and warm manner which the crowd took to instantly.
The sign of a well oiled machine, like the Icicle Works, is the relationship they build with their crowd. It was obvious, that these splendid musicians, knew their way around a gig and an audience. As the night fell, the dancing got more raucous and the singing got louder a sure sign of a good night.