High Fives 2020 (05) – Garrett Wall (Track Dogs)

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We’ve reviewed a couple of Track Dogs albums in the last few years, “Kansas City Out Groove” and “Fire on the Rails” and we’ve always been impressed by the breadth of the influences they incorporate into their writing and playing – esoteric is very much an understatement. This multi-national band comprising Garrett Wall, Dave Mooney, Howard Brown & Robbie K. Jones is also multi-instrumental and their vocal harmonies are outstanding. They were quite firmly on the MusicRiot ‘to watch’ list for 2020 before COVID came along. Looking at Garrett Wall’s list of festivals they’re going to miss, we think we would have caught them somewhere:

Performing at  – Music on the Marr!!

We were so looking forward to playing this northern festival on Castle Carrock Marr as we’d been invited in 2019 right after our debut Towersey concert. Lovely folks and it was sure to be a lovely weekend close to the Lake District.

Performing at – Beardy Festival

We’d wanted to play this festival since we’d heard about it so to be finally booked and then not be able to travel, with our flights paid for and everything…to put it mildly, we were gutted. At least the festival was one of the few events to actually take place this year, bravo for them and see you in 2021!

 

Performing at – Broadstairs Folk Week

This would have been our second time playing this wonderful Kent coastal festival and it was sure to be the highlight of the late summer. We have so many friends in Kent we were planning camping trips with our families and lashings of ginger beer and scones with clotted cream…alas, it wasn’t to be.

Performing at – Gate to Southwell

This early June festival near Nottingham was another new festival for us and one of our first bookings of 2020 so we were very excited to meet and play for new audiences.

Our Irish tour

Playing Ireland is as much about homecoming as it is about touring. This year has been heartbreaking for most artists and the whole industry. So, we could all do with recharging the emotional batteries too. Here’s to the roaring 2020’s. If the public comes with the same gusto as the bands will, it aims to be a bright future.