Holy Moly and the Crackers
Well, as promised, Holy Moly and the Crackers made their most welcome return to Mottram St Andrew at the end of September, and what a night of music it was. Events commenced with a short set from Tommy, erstwhile drummer but obviously frustrated guitarist and singer with the band. His choice selection of classics included Tangled up in Blue, It's all over baby blue, I put a spell on you and a blistering Stand by Me.
Having warmed up a hugely appreciative audience it was then time for the main event and the band launched into their set with a trio of songs from the new album Take a Bite. Opening with All I got is You, they then charged into Kiss Me before You Go and Sister before the sleazy Sugar had the audience up and singing along. Bluebell Wood and a particularly fine Highway Shoes calmed things down before the rattling strains of Cocaine and Ain't no Grave lifted the tempo once again. The band then revisited their first album with River Nava and continued the eastern European theme with Naked in Budapest. A Punk called Peter had the audience out of their seats before the familiar strains of Cold Comfort Lane and latest single Only Ever Happy (When Your Upside Down) heralded in the frenzy of Devil in the Danube and the band exited to rapturous and sustained applause.
Conrad and Ruth returned to play the achingly beautiful Ain't it Enough before the whole band reappeared to join them and finish with a rousing and boisterous Mary. And with that they were gone, a fantastic night of music by a wonderful band for whom great things surely await!