Davy Knowles made a triumphant return to the Gaiety Theatre in Douglas when he performed new songs and old favourites to a capacity crowd.
The guitarist, who is from Port St Mary but now lives in Chicago, performed at the venue for the first time in four years on Monday and for part of his set he appeared with special guest Bernie Marsden – an ex songwriter and guitar player with rock band Whitesnake.
Davy was thrilled to share the stage with one of his idols who has become one of his friends.
The set even included a couple of Whitesnake hits, Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City and Here I Go Again.
The night was an emotional homecoming for Davy – mirrored in the stage set which featured the word ‘home’ in lights.
Backed by a fantastic band – including Isle of Man based backing vocalists Christine Collister and Christy DeHaven – Davy gave a master class in blues rock guitar.
New material was played throughout the gig as well as some of his most popular songs including Come Home, Tear Down The Walls and Roll Away.
Fiddle player Katie Lawrence – well-known in the Island’s music scene – accompanied Davy on a couple of songs too.
Davy is an ambassador for the Isle of Man’s Island of Culture campaign next year and while he may live in America his love of the Island is as strong as ever.
Nick Barlow and the Bad Noise warmed up the crowd tremendously with a fantastic performance and the whole night was a major showcase for Manx-made talent. Credit must also go to Lenny Conroy of Triskel Promotions – a long time supporter and friend of Davy – for organising a hugely memorable night.
Still buzzing from one of the most enjoyable shows Triskel have been lucky to produce.
It would be churlish to not thank the very persons who made this possible.
The bands without whoms talent….
Nick Barlow,Stu Dunn,Dave Reekie and John Cleator,Christine Collister, Christy DeHaven,Steve Dymond,John McMillan,Chris Bussey,Katie Lawrence, Dan Chrisanthem, that pesky kid DAVY KNOWLES and the absolute gentleman of rock BERNIE MARSDEN!
The Triskel crew….
Jean-Michel Bazille, Jonny Peacock, Steve Leach, Steven Hatton, Phil Kneen, Lindsay Rowe, Kathy Brown, Neil and Claire Curphey, Ed Oldham, Denzil the Mouse
Seamus , Alex, Ted, Carl
Anglin, James and DAM for future recordings
Phil Kneen, Gary Weightman and Tony-Lloyd Davies
All the FOG ( Friends of Gaiety helpers) House/bar staff and Managers
Particularly YOU. These shows don’t happen without your support and your support for Davy Knowles cannot be measured in capacity of seats but in the love and goodwill in that room which will stay with many of us for a long time.
We must clarify the concert is NOT SOLD OUT despite rumour to the contrary. I visited the venue tonight and seats in the area called the Slips are available and are excellent views aswell as spacious. Whilst we are very happy to sell as many if not all of the tickets,it is as important the public get a good experience from the show.I am sure the slips will give a great viewpoint aswell as having it’s own level of PA. Check out tickets HERE