March Rocks has gig-goers on their feet

Blistering fiddle playing, funky beats and almighty roars filled the Lerwick Legion last night when Mystery Juice came to town.

The four piece – led by charismatic front man Tim Matthew (with an enviable beard) soon had the audience up on their feet, with their mixture of funk, rock and punk, undeniably infectious, magnificent and raw.

From whispers to all-out belting power, the guitar hooks, thumping drums and groovy bass lines were lapped up by the crowd.

The band’s last number On My Knees with its surging chorus had music lovers jumping in delight.

March Rocks – celebrates 30 years of music promoter Jeff Ampleford bringing acts to Shetland.

And folk were certainly enjoying the show, which also served as a giant birthday bash for Jeff and his friends.

The mini festival, which continues at 2pm today, sees a burgeoning bill including mainland and local acts – from Randolph’s Leap, to The Revellers, Deathstar Canteen, Bombskare and political punk poet Atilla the Stockbroker, who has played every Glastonbury festival since 1983.

The latter, armed with a mandola and cutting observations, sang about Nigel Farage, Prince Harry’s genitals – in The Sun Reader’s Lament, and rapped about his dislike of gangster rap lyrics.

Atilla the Stockbroker wowed the crowd with his political poetry:. Photo: Chris Brown.
Atilla the Stockbroker wowed the crowd with his political poetry:. Photo: Chris Brown.

His heartfelt poem about his love for his step father was moving and brilliantly delivered.

Ampleford said his first gig was back in 1985 when he brought punk rockers the Subhumans to the isles.

Coaches of punks travelled up to the show in Mossbank, and he admitted “I still get tingles” about how special the show was.

Later in the evening it was trip back to the 80s with Siouxsie and the Banshees tribute band Lizzie and the Banshees.

With energetic dancing from Lizzie, and nailed-on guitar sounds the band played various hits from the group including a cracking rendition of Dear Prudence.

Then it was on to Capone and the Bullets, who carried the dancing past midnight with their brass-laden ska sounds.

More in next week’s Shetland Times.


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