The other week I had the pleasure of seeing a little unknown band from Bradford-on-Avon called The Grateful Dad perform at The Pilgrim Inn, Bristol.
From their name I wasn’t sure what to expect. Were they going to be a sort of tribute act for The Grateful Dead or just a bunch of middle aged men performing old rock songs trying to act cool? Well I was pleasantly surprised as there were neither of these things.
They were fantastic. They don’t think of themselves as being anything special which is what makes them so likeable. Each member is an amazing musician but they don’t seem to realise how good they are. For a little local band, their performance was as tight as any long term professional band.
Kick starting their set with a cover of Otis Redding’s Hard To Handle instantly woke the crowd up and had everyone’s feet tapping. The audience were treated to performances of other classics such as The Beatles’ I Want Money, The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry and the well known and loved blues song Route 66. The five piece even snuck in some newer numbers like Scouting For Girls’ Elvis Ain’t Dead and The Stereophonic’s Have A Nice Day plus an original titled Dallas Day.
For their first gig outside their county of Wiltshire, The Grateful Dad played a thoroughly enjoyable set filled with everything that puts a smile on your face. The Pilgrim Inn was almost too small a venue for such an enthusiastic and loud band. The best was certainly saved until last.