Having just returned from holiday, I was at a bit of a loss what to do last weekend so went on the web to see what was on. Although one of the bands that I shoot was playing, the gig was about 40 miles away and, having driven 1440 miles in 13 days driving through England, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France I wasn’t really in the mood for travelling far.
We (that’s me and my partner) decided to go shopping in Banbury and, since we’d made a late start to the day, set off mid-afternoon. We’d seen what looked like might be an interesting gig on at The Wheatsheaf: Mantleday, which is an annual day of music in memory of Dave Mantle, who used to be a roadie for the band Leatherat.
We arrived at The Wheatsheaf around 6.30pm, although the event had started early afternoon, and after a short wait for a band to arrive, settled down to watch Daisy E and the Unsteadies, who I’d describe as a rockabilly/punk band. I did speak to Daisy after their performance, and was told that I looked like the mum of one of her close friends. I think that was a compliment! Although I didn’t get a good shot of Daisy, this is the band’s bassist:
We didn’t watch all of the bands, but were impressed with the next band we caught, a young band called Six Bullet Chamber: their lead singer was a very striking performer:
The third band, Jackhammer, were a good rock covers band who’d come down from Lincolnshire for the day. Both Carl, the guitarist, and Andy, the bassist, were excellent front men:
Fittingly, the final band of the evening was Leatherat, in view of the fact that Dave Mantle had been their roadie before his unfortunate accident. A really excellent folk/rock band with very enthusiastic fans – I had hoped to get more shots but the back room at the Wheatsheaf is not very large and the moshing was a bit frantic, so this is what I did manage to get before I beat a hasty retreat:
I’m sure that I’ll be going to see at least several of these bands again.