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The Re-mains Benefit

with Mick Thomas, Craig Pilkington, Neapolitan Croxton (Sarah Carroll, Dan Warner, Marcel Borrack), Sarah & Suzannah Espie, Harold Frith, Les Stacpool, Tonchi Mcintosh & MCJaezed, Collard Greens & Gravy, Chris Wilson and the Spidermen, The Detonators
Retreat Hotel, Saturday 18th August 2007

I was as shocked as anyone to learn about the Re-mains accident at the beginning of their tour and it was great to see that their friends offered to help them out so quickly. Their gig with the Detonators on Anzac Day Eve in 2006 was one of my favourite that year and I took some of my favourite photos for the entire year during it.

Sarah, Suzannah, Collard Greens and Gravy and Chris Wilson giving up their usual residencies at the venue for the cause was touching as it a residency is hard to come by. I had been meaning to stay to see Collard Greens and Gravy and Chris Wilson myself, but I have been very busy recently.

Mick Thomas and Craig Pilkington were up first and played a set of Mick's solo material, a few Sure Things numbers and even the odd Weddos tune much to the early crowd's enjoyment.

Neapolitan Croxton with Sarah, Dan and Marcel was up next and it is always great to see them. During the set breaks they various raffles were drawn with little George on drum roll. I was lucky enough to win the Martin Scorsese Blues DVD Pack (thanks Madman Entertainment for the prize), which will give me a reason to turn on my TV at least.

Sarah and Suzannah were up next with special guests Harold Frith and Les Stacpool. I only got to see one set of theirs last time, so it was great to see them again. Harold and Les also played their own set during the selling of raffle tickets for the next draw which was great.

Tonchi Mcintosh and MCJaezed were up next, although I have seen their names mentioned before, I haven't had the chance to see them. I thought they played very well and I will try to catch them in the future.

It has been a while since I have seen Collard Greens and Gravy and I will try to get to some more of their gigs in the future or at least buy a CD at their gigs.

Chris Wilson and the Spidermen played very well with Sweet Felicia on the bass. I thought Chris was going to tell me off during one song, but he just said to take photos of his good side. They did have a lot of dancers and even some on stage at the end.

The Detonators finished up the night and played better than I had ever seen them play, so I will be really looking forward to their CD launch in a couple of weeks time.

It was a great night and $3,500 was raised for the Re-mains medical bills and van expenses. Keep an eye out for their next show in Melbourne, I have a feeling that it is going to be very big.


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