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Benefit Show in Memory of Ross McGarry - Taylor John’s House, Coventry 22/03/2008


In February 2008 Ross McGarry singer with The Sci-Fi Lullabies (Stars) and previously with Wish passed away after a short illness with Pancreatic Cancer.

He was one of the nicest people you would ever hope to meet and I for one only met him a few times but even then I could see what a good person he was. As such people were moved enough by Ross in life to give him the send off he deserved by putting on a show in his memory, which he would have thoroughly enjoyed.

Unfortunately I was not able to be in attendance for the entire day but the acts on before I arrived were solo artists Kristy Gallacher, Dan Cutts and Justine and the bands The Pockets and Hobo Exile Hotel. I actually got there in time to see the Hobo’s last song, which is a shame, as they sounded amazing and had actually reunited after an 18-month hiatus just for this show.

Next on was another solo artist David Sanders who did some very nice acoustic songs and was then joined on stage by others to sing an interesting rendition of Talking Heads’ ‘Once In A Lifetime’. David finished his set with the others who’d joined him by performing a tribute to Ross by playing a song from his Wish days, it was a great song and well deserved of the great performance.

Another reformed band were on next in the form of Jesus Deluxe who gave a near perfect performance. Amazing guitars backed by awesome bass and drumming with fantastic singing from front man Martin Orton, it was one of my highlights of the evening. Martin stayed on stage to perform 3 songs with Ross’ former band members; it was an emotionally charged set even though it was short.

The last act I saw was solo artist Vijay Kishore, who managed to hit notes I’ve never thought possible. The awesome power from just one man was nothing short of amazing and it showed as towards the end of his set you could have heard a proverbial pin drop. The last act of the night was Exit Calm from the North of England, which is testament to Ross that they would travel to the Midlands just for this show.

On a final note the whole event was presided over by a large drawing of Ross to the side of the stage, which depicted him sitting on a speaker looking at the stars with angel wings on his back. A beautifully apt picture for a fitting day of memories.

Read about the show here: www.covscene.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7900