Now for the final part of My Top Ten Gigs of 2014. And my favorite gig of 2014 was…
, North Carolina
. This was another 300 plus mile journey and once again well worth every minute of the six hour journey.
I first saw Treetop Flyers
at the Hop Farm Festival
in 2012, where I caught the tail end of their set.
The following year I saw them twice, firstly at the Americana Music Festival
, where they appeared at the Bootleg BBQ
, a showcase event for British acts. The event took place in a small field behind a record shop in Nashville. It was an intimate venue and the Treetop Flyers
played a superb set.
The second time I saw them in 2013 was at Islington Assembly Hall
, where they played a longer set to a well up for it home crowd. It was another great set by the Treetop Flyers
, with the evening capped off by the band signing the vinyl single I purchased after the show.
gig took place on the banks of the French Broad River and was part of Asheville’s RiverMusic
festival. The journey to Asheville
took me through the Smokey Mountains
, and was a perfect road trip for playing The Mountain Moves
Prior to the gig, I called in at 12 Bones River
, a wicked BBQ joint, apparently frequented by Barack Obama
whenever he visits Asheville
. After finishing off my pulled pork and local craft beer, I started walking to towards the venue. Ten minutes later, the heavens opened and I had to seek shelter under a bridge, alongside the river. I was soon joined by a stag party from Washington and within minutes I was joining them in toasting the groom, however I bailed out when the wacky baccy was offered, and it’s a good job I did, as I was drug tested the next week, when I applied for a job.
It rained on and off for the rest of the evening, which led to a small turnout at the gig. When the support act, River Whyless
started their set, there was probably less than 50 people watching them, which is a shame, as they were very good. While they were on, I was lucky enough to meet the Treetop Flyers
and they were kind enough to let me take their photo.
The crowd had increased to a couple of hundred when the Treetop Flyers
went on stage. They soon got the crowd warmed up and they played just about all of The Mountain Moves
, my favourite album of 2013, including a great version of Things Will Change
, which led into Proud Mary
, the old Creedence Clearwater Reviva
They played a couple of new songs as well, which whetted the appetite for their next album, due for release in 2015. The highlight of the set for me was a rousing rendition of Haunted House, which they played just as night was falling, which further enhanced an already atmospheric song.
Here’s a couple of photos from the evening:
Despite the weather and the small crowd, this was an awesome evening of music, and that’s why the Treetop Flyers
set at RiverMusic
was my favorite gig of 2014