Rockin’ Gander

Battle of the Bands claimed by Four Horsemen of Twillingate

Published on March 6, 2017

Seven acts offered up a shredding Saturday night at the Arts and Culture in Gander at the annual Battle of the Bands.

The event is something that has been offered up for past 13 years.

“There’s still lots of young musicians, and this event is a great way of showcasing local talent and giving them the opportunity to play in front of an audience, with proper light and PA system,” said manager Brian Dove.

One person who enjoyed the night to the fullest was 14-year-old Austin Thomson of Lewisporte.

The young blues man, inspired by legends such as Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughn, has been playing since he was four years old.

Because he plays with a number of adult musicians, beyond the 21 and Under requirement for Battle of the Bands, he decided to put together a band specifically for the event.

“It worked out awesome,” Austin said. “It was a lot of fun getting out on the stage.”

And while there wasn’t a lot of blues music brought to the battle, it was something he enjoyed.

“There was a lot of great music brought to the show, and there’s no trouble to see that the area had a lot of great talent.”

The top honours awarded for the evening went to the Four Horsemen of Twillingate, with Radio Radar, from different parts of central, picking up second, and Marystown solo act Jordie Power secured third.