Local bands enjoy their big stooshie

Proud Mary in action
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Glenrothes bands were among some rock royalty at the Howe Country Centre near Ladybank last weekend, raising money for charity, reports KEVIN QUINN.

In a mix of old and new at the Big Stooshie Festival, established acts like James, Glasvegas, Ocean Colour Scene and the Damned were joined by a whole host of great local talent including Glenrothes bands Tomas Bird and the Blonde Spirit, the Catch 22’s, Tango in the Attic and Revolution.

Just as it was on Friday when the three-day event kicked off, Saturday was fairly quiet on site and not the kind of crowd organisers would have hoped for to raise money for SSAFA and Help for Heroes.

But Tomas Bird and the Blonde Spirit managed to entice most of those that were there in to the Kingdom FM tent to see some driving-rock matched by their charismatic singer T-Bird’s self-confessed ‘old man’s singing voice’. The six-piece aired a lot of new tunes which carried on from the more rocky sound they delivered on recent EP ‘Three Small Glasses a Day for Good Health and Lively Blood’.

Speaking after their set, frontman T-Bird said: “I had a banger of a time on stage, a hundred percent Barrie!”

On Sunday another Glenrothes act, Tango in the Attic, had the honour of opening the main stage for the festival’s final day. And the lo-fi rockers looked the part on a big stage, the kind of platform the band hope to be appearing on more regularly after they release their second album ‘Sellotape’ later this month.

The crowd had doubled on the Sunday, no doubt down to big names like Newton Faulkner, James and Ocean Colour Scene, giving the event more life and atmosphere as music fans took advantage of a bank holiday Monday to recover.

Young Glenrothes four-piece Revolution pulled a big crowd into the Kingdom FM stage to hear an accomplished performance which is sure to have picked them up lots of new fans.

Guitarist Donald Morrison thinks the Big Stooshie is great for bands like them.

He said: “It was a great experience and good exposure for us obviously. The festival was good for local bands like us. Our crowd seemed to get bigger as our set went on.

“It was good to see all the bands from the nineties mixed in with a lot of good local bands.”

A late change for their set-time didn’t stop ska-popsters Catch 22’s bringing some sunshine to the main arena as the hailstones came down outside. It was great exposure for the summery-pop act who, like Revolution, are sure to have added to their fanbase thanks to their infectious tunes.

All in all a great weekend for local bands and the big hitters didn’t disappoint either, with Sunday’s headliners James closing the festival with a greatest hits set that delighted a huge crowd.

Speaking on Monday morning organiser Vonnie Carstairs said: “It was a good weekend, everybody seems to have enjoyed themselves.

“We don’t know how much we’ve raised yet, we will get round to counting it up later this week, we are just clearing up the site just now.

“I had a good time, but I only really got to see one band for two songs as I was so busy running about!

“It was a brilliant atmosphere, everybody was buzzing.”