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REVIEW: Ash Grunwald & Little Quirks light up Warners Bay Theatre

Ash Grunwald supported by Little Quirks – Warners Bay Theatre Thursday 25 February 2021

Since November last year, Lake Macquarie City Council has been presenting the Live Music Lake Mac series of live events. Last week we were treated to a gig at Warners Bay Theatre from Ash Grunwald supported by Central Coasts locals, Little Quirks.

Little Quirks opened the night with a high energy show that delivered stellar harmonies, laughs and audience interaction.

The band have gone from strength to strength since forming in 2015 and they tell us their song Devil’s Ivy is even played on Coles Radio now. With a forthcoming EP Mabe’ about to be released the band treated the attentive audience with new singles and old favourites, with everyone clapping and tapping their feet throughout the whole set.

When Ash Grunwald took to the stage with a simple “hello” it was obvious we were in for one of those free-flowing non-structured gigs the Australian blues musician is renown for.

The set opened with Hammer, with the crowd singing along to every word.

“This was the first time he has asked the audience to sing the first song, I normally warm you up to it,” Ash quipped at the end of the song.

It became apparent that there was no setlist for the gig. Favourites like Dolphin Song, Port Campbell with Ash telling stories between songs about things that Ash had experienced and inspired him. The set continued taking in covers of Human by Rag n’ Bone Man and Crazy by Gnarls Barkley and even included requests from the crowd for Breakout and Walking.

“This has been the best gig, I can’t wait to come back sometime,” Ash exclaimed at the end of the show.

You can catch a Live Music Lake Mac gig when folk, roots and gospel blues duo, Hat Fitz & Cara, hit the stage on Friday 5 March at Rathmines Theatre. And then again when Felicity Urquhart and Lyn Bowtell play on Thursday 25 March. Get all the details here.