If you like your rock n roll retro style Edinburgh band The Holy Ghosts are a must on your list of bands to see 2014. Having been compared to the Stones during their Exile On Main Street era the band come highly recommended and having recently played to a sold out audience in the HMV picture House in Edinburgh (excellent gig…I was there) tonight’s gig in King Tuts should be a breeze.
The Edinburgh five piece have already been making an impact on the Scottish music scene with festival slots up and down the country. They have also played alongside Shaun Ryder as main support in Edinburgh’s Liquid Rooms,shared the stage with The Proclaimers at Heb Celt Festival, impressed Chris Helme from The Seahorses and was recently joined on stage by members from Alabama 3.
The Holy Ghost headline a very eclectic bill that was kicked off in good style with A New International…who’s set included an interesting version of Scott Walker’s ‘Jackie’, nothing could have prepared me for what was to happen next…..The small stage in Tuts was quickly populated with 12 musicians sporting Colonel Mustard and The Dijon 5 T-shirts with the main man himself the extremely flamboyant Colonel Mustard sporting a fetching yellow claw hammer suit and a disco ball on his head!!!! An excellent mix of comedic but amazingly tight songs performed by very talented musicians that ended with ‘It Always Ends in Tears with a Ginger Girl’ and joined by the ginger members of the packed audience.
Headliners The Holy Ghosts truly had a task on their hands to follow Colonel Mustard but their excellent brand of rock/blues/country was to shine through… Fronted by the very talented Jacky Sandison the band oozes confidence and rock n roll swagger The Holy Ghosts take the stage and the packed Tut’s audience push forward and start to dance the infectious rhythms of this great rock band. Their set consists mainly of songs from their 2 EP’s ‘Devil On Your Side’, ‘Voodoo Shakedown’ and the forthcoming album ‘Ride Them Down’ and included ‘Staring Down The Barrel’ ‘When We Were Kings’ ‘Devil On Your Side’ and the excellent ‘Don’t Come A Knocking On My Rock n Roll Coffin’.
These guys kick ass and show versatility switching from 50’s rock n roll to country whilst still maintaining their own style….get down to one of their gigs and I guarantee you wont be able to stand still…
The Holy Ghosts are:
Jacky ‘Tightlips’ Sandison – Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Jon ‘Midnight’ Mackenzie – Electric Guitar/Vocals
Jonny ‘JR’ Voodoo – Bass Guitar/Vocals
Rory ‘Penny’ Penman – Drums
Andy ‘Whistling Whullie’ Barbour – Harmonica /Keys/Pedal Steel