Support acts can often get a raw deal at gigs.
But not a Wirksworth’s Red Lion, where Matlock chap Andy Carr got a warm response as he displayed his acoustic guitar skills to the max.
Next up were The Standby Setting, a talented symmetrical foursome comprising two guys and two girls. And the music they played really hit the mark with the near full house cheering loudly to Turning Wheels and Yesterday I Was Famous.
Then it was time for 3:Second:Fuse to do the business. After a shaky start, which included a strange toilet stop for lead guitarist Andy the lads powered on with Metallica style riffs to foot stomping stuff like Yours Truly, Worldbreaker, the band’s current single, and its sister song Witch Craft. This version was different to the disc as it featured a dual drum solo with Andy on small stand-up kit thrashing along to main drummer boy Mark, with bassist Martin hanging on for dear life.
A cover of Ordinary World by Duran Duran proves 3:Second:Fuse play with their brains too.
As they said good night, the band rattled out a Black Sabbath medley to huge cheers from the masses.
Although the main thrux of the evening was a launch night for Medius Music, a record label set up by Derbyshire lad Andy Richardson to enable local talent to release material in the easiest way possible, nights ike this prove the music scene in Derbyshire Dales is showing more than just green shoots of recovery, it’s blooming.