22 July 2014
THE DONKEYS AT THE EDINBURGH CASTLE
While everyone was off worshipping at the Adelaide Festival Center at the annual Guitar Festival Sunday night, The Donkeys played three blistering sets at the Edinburgh Castle in Currie Street. Apart from gigs at Chris Crago's party (Saturday) and another at the Semaphore Commo's Club, Mick Wordley (bass) Jeff Algra (drums) and Lech Karski (guitar) had not played together for three years. Knowing their mastery of spontaneous gigging, I jokingly accused them of doing it without rehearsal when they insisted they had, and then Jeff said "Well we did go to dinner." Their previous gig had been at my 50th birthday at Gomersal Wines in Barossa a decade before that. Took about 2½ songs for them to settle in, then they just caught fire, as they always do. Plenty of Rev Gary Davis, Al Green and the other business, and a sizzling model of Alex Chilton's The Letter to finish everybody off. Shit it was good ... the Ed's hot, scrunchy and growly with a good smoker's yard, simple gutsy tucker (pizza; wedges and chilli) and a short list of top booze, a bit like the West End's version of The Ex ... she's gubernated by art dealer Tony Bond ... that's Johnny Guitar Preece with Jeff below ... photos Philip White, who's thinking of having another bit of a party soon .
These bottom two are from an amazing gig at The Whitmore in November 2014 ... photos Philip White