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Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival, 28 July 2018


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Joined 2008-09-10


For my second gig in 8 days I had the pleasure of seeing Aynsley headlining at the Uckfield Blues & Roots Festival on Saturday, 28th July.

The festival took place in the Civic Centre in front of an audience of around 180 seated mostly at tables for 10. Not surprisingly, most were in the autumn of their life.

Aynsley took to the stage around 10pm and it was clear from the opening bars of All of Your Love that any looseness in last week’s gig in Basildon had been ironed out on the road during the intervening few days.
Andy Price was back on keys but Boneto was absent this time and Craig Bacon sat in on drums. Craig is clearly used to deputising for Bunny when required as, apart from Aynsley doing the counting in this time, Craig slotted in seamlessly alongside Steve’s solid basslines.

As it was Saturday evening, Aynsley was the main act of the weekend and the audience were full of expectation. They weren’t disappointed as Aynsley’s set was one of the best I’ve seen him play, particularly the rendition of Hyde where his virtuosity with the toilet roll holder was well to the fore. Let me know what you think after you’ve seen the video.

Ahead of the gig it was announced that a guest would be joining Aynsley onstage. The guest was 14 year old guitarist, Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens, who formed his band, Crossfire, at the tender age of only 13. As you’ll see in the videos, Aynsley was very accommodating and allowed Marcus to take the lead on several numbers. It was fun watching Aynsley duelling with Marcus and it is clear in the videos that Aynsly and the band enjoyed it too. If you only watch one video featuring Marcus, make it the last one, Purple Rain, as in my opinion he had lost his nerves by then and let rip with his solo. One to watch for the future.

Steve told me later that they all had a great time and really enjoyed themselves at what turned out to be a fun gig for band and audience alike.

The set list was almost the same as the Basildon gig with the only change being Inside Out instead of Insatiable and just one encore due to the late finish. I’ve added links below to the video I took. The videos of Purple Rain and Handful of Doubt are courtesy of Ian916 from Joe B’s Forum who sat alongside me.

All of Your Love

Inside Out

Il Grande Mafioso

Hyde 2612


Other Part of Me


Stay (with Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens)

I’m Tore Down (with Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens)

Everything I Have to Give (with Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens)

Purple Rain (with Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens)


Handful of Doubt


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Joined 2010-04-12


Nice one again Phil; are you sure you aren’t trying to do me out of a job - I’ve yet to see Aynsley this year, and there’s you twice in a week…..

Good heads-up on young Marcus; certainly a name & talent to make a note of for the (near) future.



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