Sprouting out... band conquers Belgium in a day
7:40pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
THEY came, they saw, they knocked their sprouts off.
Swindon’s ska/reggae operatives, the Erin Bardwell Collective, are back in town after a Billy Whizz-style gig in Brussels.
The bleary-eyed quartet hauled their guitars, keyboards and other gear onto the 6.11am to Paddington, hopped onto Eurostar and were soon in Belgium’s capital to support reggae star Roy Ellis at a jam-packed Club Le 210.
They were back in Swindon the following lunchtime, having wowed hundreds of reggae-loving Belgians while still finding time to sample the nation’s pride and joy – its many varieties of beer.
“It all went really well,” said band leader-cum-Swindon council worker Erin, 39. “The journey was really easy – door to door in five to six hours: no aeroplanes.
“The venue provided the drums, so we didn’t have to lug them on the train. We sold loads of merchandise and signed a few records.”
The group – Pete Fitzsimmons (bass), Sandra Bell (vocals), Pete O’Driscoll (drums), Eddie Frankis (guitar) and Erin (keyboards/melodica) – have fans all over the world and the Brussels gig was a direct result of their ever-widening popularity.
“Hopefully, more are in the pipeline,” added Erin.
Meanwhile, Swindon fans can catch them at a reggae/ska night with Bristol’s One Shot at The Vic in Old Town on Saturday, October 19 l Advance tickets are £5.50 from Swindon Central Library/Information Centre, Holmes Music from the pub, or online at: www.seetickets.com/event/the-erin-bardwell-collective/the-vic/684722