Diego’s live & poolside Walkabout Lodge Feb 20, 2021
Written by Rob Stewart on March 14, 2021
Poolside at Lattitude 12 on a Saturday evening was the venue chosen for a seemingly rag tag bunch of troubadours from the alternative side of town who usually choose to operate under the cover of darkness, but here they were, the Diego’s, set to start before the sun went down.
However any sense of dubiety was quickly cast asunder 4 bars into the first glorious sounds of anarchic gypsy dipped, folk, country rock. And when you took the time to rub the sea salt from your crusty peepers you suddenly realised the very caliber of musician that we were now beholding. Front man Paul Dewhurst pilots his fellow folkster’s to join him with reckless abandon as he navigates his way through his iconic Territory flavoured creativity of tales of cane toads, humidity, wine and women.
Andy Grimes and Stu Kellaway were the rhythm section that glued the tunes tighter than a Scottish sphincter being prised for loose change, and displaying his mastery of the lead guitar was Francis Diatschenko, who in one night to another transformed from a classical/ flamenco virtuoso, into a guitar slinger worth his weight in kick arse riffs and licks. All this awesomeness and more combined into a band who not only obviously loved playing, but showed every single sign of a band who love nothing more than playing together!
The crowd who bore witness were unanimous in their appreciation of this unique Walkabout moment and made it very clear they did not want the night to end, and thankfully it didn’t end prematurely. The Diego’s played, the punters lapped it up and the staff and management kept the show on the road like the champions they are. And the just rewards for everybodies toil was the spontaneous addition of Yirrmal and Wityana Marika along with Luke on drums to join with the Diego’s to deliver a couple of very memorable tunes.
More please was the nights refrain, and hopefully it will be delivered more and more as the months roll on.
Have a gander of some of the evenings shenanigans at this link. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?vanity=govefm&set=a.10158491322632763