Saffron Walden Blues & Rock Weekender preview: Introducing...Room C

From left, Oscar Richards, 15, Tommy Villiers, 15, Ryan Deamer, 15, and Harry Pearce, 15. From left, Oscar Richards, 15, Tommy Villiers, 15, Ryan Deamer, 15, and Harry Pearce, 15.

Thursday, September 4, 2014
2:01 PM

First up in our preview of the young Uttlesford musicians playing at the Blues & Rock Weekender are Room C.

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The Blues & Rock Weekender - main event

The Blues Brothers Rhythm & Blues Revue Band, ­regulars at Saffron Walden Carnival for the past 26 years, are to entertain hundreds of people this weekend.

Their appearance on Saturday, at Saffron Walden Cricket Club, is part of a two-day event to raise money for the cricket club’s youth academy and the Ethan Rees Linwood Memorial Fund.

Kicking off the double-header on the Friday night will be headliners Remus Down Boulevard, featuring former Iron Maiden guitarist Dennis Stratton, Dave Edwards, of Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Martin ‘Magic’ Johnson, of Guthrie Govan and The Sweet, and Lol D’ell, of Southside Blues Band and Dirty Lions.

Dennis, who now lives in Saffron Walden, said: “We’ll play a mixture of stuff, from RDB original material to Story covers and a bit of Iron Maiden. The music will range from heavy metal to Eric Clapton.

“A number of us cancelled gigs to play at this concert, because it’s for a great cause, and we hope people will come out and support it.”

Tickets, £10 for Friday night and £20 for Saturday night, are available from the Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, either in person or by calling 01799 524002, and Wayletts of Thaxted.

Who are they?

A group of 15-year-old friends who go to Saffron Walden County High School, the band is made up of:

Ryan Deamer – lead vocals

Tommy Villiers – guitar

Harry Pearce – bass

Oscar Richards – drums

Influences

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and The Kooks.

Ryan: “I’ve loved the Red Hot Chili Peppers ever since I heard my dad listening to them.”

What will they be playing?

Harry: “We’re writing our own stuff at the moment but at this gig we’ll be playing some Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Kooks and Stevie Wonder.”

Tommy: “It’s been both challenging and fun.”

Oscar: “We’ve been recording music at Tommy’s house. We’re building a studio there and it’s nearly finished.”

How long has the band been together?

Ryan: “About four months as a band but we’ve been friends for a while. Tommy and Oscar have been playing for three or four years, and then they got Harry to play bass.”

Oscar: “We got asked to play at a gig and I said we had a singer when we didn’t. We were just an­ ­instrumental at that point. We asked Ryan if he’d sing for us and he said ‘yes’.”

How many gigs have they played?

Harry: “We played at Saffron Walden’s Got Talent in July and have done about six gigs so far. Including this weekend, we’ve got three more gigs coming up this month.”

Oscar: “We’ve been booked to play at the Stortford Music Festival next May.”

What can the audience expect on Friday night?

Tommy: “This will be the biggest gig we’ve done so far. It’s going to be explosive in terms of solos and a really lively set with lots of jumping around – particularly by Ryan. It feels good that Dennis [Stratton, former lead guitarist for Iron Maiden] is going to be watching, too, so we’ll have to impress him.”

Harry: “It’s going to be energetic with a rock funk vibe.”

Oscar: “It’s big for us and we’re really looking forward to it. It’s great that it’s for a good cause, too.”

Room C will be taking to the stage at 7.45pm on Friday evening. To get your tickets visit Saffron Walden Tourist Information Centre, call 01799 524002, or pop into Wayletts of Thaxted. Tickets are also available online from the-trumpet.co.uk.

• Throughout today and tomorrow we will preview the band and musicians who will be playing at the Blues & Rock Weekender so keep checking back to the Reporter’s website.

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