As expected, tickets are like gold dust for the homecoming concert of guitar hero Davy Knowles.
The celebrated musician, once of Port St Mary and now of Chicago, returns to the Gaiety Theatre tonight (Monday).
Organiser Lenny Conroy of Triskel Promotions hit the nail on the head when he said the Victorian theatre ‘has an ability to catch the magic essence of his shows’, as the decorative all-seater venue is almost a support act in itself, with the sense of occasion it can impose on much-anticipated evenings such as these.
There is also the fact Knowles has proven pedigree at the Gaiety; not many of those who were in the audience last time out four years ago will be missing the chance to snap up a ticket this time round, despite Davy calling the island ‘the most nerve-wracking place I have ever played’, with familiar faces of friends and family adding all that more adrenaline than an arena of strangers.
If you’re one of the few thinking ‘Davy who?’, then note that guitar legend Joe Satriani described Davy as his ‘new favourite modern-day bluesman’ after touring with him in 2009, jamming together on stage with the likes of Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith and Van Halen pair Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony.
Davy has been recording new material with his band in Yorkshire – the same musicians he will play with on Monday – but has been back on home turf for a few weeks, and by all accounts enjoying himself with a number of impromptu jam sessions.
The show is all but sold out, but if you fancy your chances, tickets are £22, from.villagaiety.com or call on 600555.