A Not So Average White Band


Last Friday night saw Los Pacaminos deliver an outstanding performance on the Riverside Stage, when they opened the Rewind Festival weekend at Henley-on-Thames. Fronted by Eighties’ heart throb Paul Young, the band boasted an impressive line up of Jamie Moses (guitar & vocals), Steve Greetham (bass), Melvin Duffy (pedal steel guitar), Mark Pinder (drums), and replacing the much-missed Matt Irving on keyboards, “Stevo” ( surname unknown, as befitting any mysterious cowboy!). The absence of guitarist Drew Barfield ensured we were treated to a very special guest appearance by former Average White Band frontman, Hamish Stuart.

The band took us through a fun set of Tex-Mex tracks, including Come A Little Bit Closer, Battered and Broozed, Woolly Bully and La Bamba, as well as a sublime rendition of Al Green’s “Belle”, with Hamish taking the lead vocal. The Pacs have a number of gigs lined up, so check them out if you can. In the meantime, here is a little taste of what to expect…

Return To Rewind


I have spent this afternoon preparing for this year’s Rewind South festival in Henley-Upon-Thames. Having checked the weather forecast, which promises temperatures up to 32 degrees on Saturday, and almost guaranteed rain on Sunday, my suitcase is bursting at the seams with suntan lotion, waterproofs, brolly and clothing for every eventuality.

The running order of the acts will not be made available until tomorrow, but we already know the line up includes a wealth of Eighties’ favourites, including The Human League, Billy Ocean, Nik Kershaw, OMD and ABC. I had the pleasure of interviewing gentleman of pop Martin Fry in June, after previously witnessing ABC’s flawless performance, so I am looking forward to seeing them take to the stage again.

The weekend starts tomorrow evening when the wonderfully entertaining Los Pacaminos play the Riverside Stage. Fronted by 80’s heart throb Paul Young, the Tex-Mex band are all about fun. Oh, and tequila! I have seen this talented bunch of cowboys play on many occasions, and know they will get the festival off to a great start. As for the rest of the acts this weekend, I am not sure. Some I have seen before, some not. There are some I think will be amazing, and some I am not too sure about. One thing I do know, I am going to have the best time finding out – I can’t wait!